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Published: December 6th 2008
The view from our guesthouse balcony
Dubrovnik is a beautiful coastal town in the south of Dalmatia. Alex and I arrived by bus from Mostar and were met right at the bus station by our guest house's owner. He drove us to the 'Banana Villa' via a series of narrow hairpin turns. Apparently winter tires are absolutely unheard of here, because the owner's car slid backwards down the wet road about three times before he managed to gain enough momentum to make it all the way up the road! As we were opening the shutters to the balcony, the owner got in a screaming match with what we could only guess was his son. The neighbors came out and shook their heads at the display, so we thought it must have been a regular occurrence. Afterward the son surprised us by throwing his cell about 50 meters into the garden from the neighbor's house. But it was all worth it, because the view from our flat was gorgeous. The first night it was raining, so we just walked to the grocery store and bought stuff for fajitas.
The next day Alex and I walked to the bus station to get the schedule and then headed for
the old town. Dubrovnik is another old Roman town that claims the title as 'The Pearl of the Adriatic'. It truly is beautiful. It is one of those towns that is so compact that you can walk along every street within the walls and be finished in about 40 minutes. We went to a grocery store and bought some bread and cheese for lunch and headed for a spot with a view just outside the walls for lunch. The sun was shining but the wind created a bit of a chill and sea spray, so we sat strategically on some big steps to avoid the cold. The pigeons were unrelenting, and we were eventually annoyed enough to leave our perfect viewpoint.
After lunch we headed up the stairs to the residential section of town. Alex found what he thought was a mandarin (they grow all over the place) and peeled it for us. We aren't sure what it was... but it wasn't a mandarin, as it may have been the most bitter thing I have ever tasted. As we walked along one of the tiny streets between the houses we came across a couple of boys throwing firecrackers into
A tall ship in the harbour
their neighbor's yard and running away. Alex and I got out of there quickly so we wouldn't get blamed for the disturbance!
That night we relaxed in our room with a bottle of wine and some homemade nachos (we were on a bit of a Mexican theme food-wise), and searched the channels for such english shows as Full House and Magnum PI. It seems TV land is stuck somewhere between '85 and '95 here! We planned on catching an early bus to Montenegro the next morning so we made sure to be in bed before midnight for once.
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