Instead Igor from VC Ljubljana rang ahead to Daniel of the Vespa Club in Rijeka to try and find someone who could help me.
Ive (Ivan) - a young tattoo artist from the club - volunteered to guide me. Cool and calm, we had everything sorted with the local newspaper and the council within a few hours without any stress at all. In fact it was the best official reception yet with a slide show about the city's twinning relationships and gifts that included a CD complation of Rijekas punk bands from the 70s.
I was so buoyed by this success that I even got inked!
It's a long way to my next stop in Cetinje, Montenegro which required a stop off near Split, a chance meeting with their Vespa Club and a night with a hearty and hilarious sea captain...