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Dubrovnik Travel Blog

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Watching the sun set from a cafe that charged us 60 kuna for 2 beers.
    Well, we made it to Dubrovnik in one piece, and it was definately worth the trip.  It is way better than Split...  :)  In order to get here, we had to cross over a small (maybe 15km) section of Bosnia, and since no one at the ticket counter could tell us if we needed anything special for the crossing (Canadians need Visas to enter Bosnia) we were a little uptight about the whole thing.  It ended up being no problem - passport control officers barely glanced at our passports - so that was good.  The town itself is freakin'  beautiful - nestled between the mountains and the sea, with a really neat looking (modern) bridge greeting you as you drive in.
Beach bum day! Those are Kalin's tootsies and the beautiful beach.
  Its all hilly and cliffy with little bays and inlets throughout the town, and the water is so blue you just wanna drink it...  Except for the salt....  Old town (the main attraction of the city) is just as spectacular as everyone says it is.   Dubrovnik itself was a republic in the middle ages, and the walls were slowly built and expanded over a 500 year period, so that now they include 15 watch towers and countless ballustrades and arrow slits, all built right onto the cliffs overlooking the adriatic sea.  Inside are museums and churches and incredibly narrow alleyways (filled with cats) and theres cobblestone everywhere (no cars allowed). 
    Our first night here, we followed the signs that said "cold drinks and (truly) the best view.
Ev got a bit of sun. Poor bastard.
"  They didn't mention the "most expensive beer" but, i guess you payed for what was, truly, the best view (the bar was situated halfway down the cliff on the outside of the walls overlooking the sea).   We watched the sun set over our 7 dollar bottles of beer and just soaked up the atmosphere. 
    The next day, we decided to be beach bums for the whole day..  After sleeping in till 11, we got our swimming gear together and strolled down (well, up and then down i guess) to a beach in a little cove on the far side of the peninsula.  It was a totally awesome location for a beach, and the weather was fantastic.  There were a bunch of lounge chairs laying around, and we had a sneaking suspicion that we were supposed to pay to sit in them, but we sat in them anyway, going for a couple of swims in the warm waters and drinking Ožujsko after Ožujsko after Ožujsko.
I think this is a shot of the edge of the old walled town. Either way, it's a beauty.
   It was pretty dang relaxing....... until I looked down and noticed that my entire belly was 15 shades of red and purple, (including my nipples) (this is everett btw) and my feet too....  kalin didnt fare much better, as her legs (which have never seen the light of day in the 7 years I've been living with her) were ~almost~ as red as my belly....  We ended up going back to the room at about 6 after about 6 hours in the sun (stopping on the way for a pretty damn good pizza with an egg in the middle) and layed there in pain and incredibly tired...  We almost felt like phoning home just to rub it in that we were so tired from LAYING ON THE BEACH ALL DAY....  but we're too nice for that.. . :)  In the evening hours (I made kalin feel guilty for wasting our evening sitting around the room instead of doing fun things, especially since the other people who LIVE at our villa were pissing me off with their.
Dramatic coast line... Again... lots of pretty in Dubrovnik.
.. living noises) we went down to old town where there was supposed to be a big concert going on...   We met up with some nice girls from Washington State (and one from Calgary) there, who were staying at the same place as us.  
    The first band was a Croatian folk band, and the crowd just LOVED them and were singing along with all their songs.  They were actually pretty awesome. . I had one of their songs stuck in my head for about an hour, even though i didnt know the words...   We only caught the last few minutes of their set, unfortunately....  The next act were seven girls who did..   a capella... i dunno...   it was interesting anyway..  the bass chicks especially..  they were REALLY good too.. Then there was a group from New Hampshire called Voices from the Heart..   There were one hundred and thirty women (all wearing purple) singing songs of peace and freedom from around the world..  Sounds pretty great eh?  Unfortunately for us, them, and everyone else in the crowd, it wasnt that great at all....   I expected more...  but maybe I just have a bad attitude......  So we left and got some Ice cream and took the bus back to our room..   It was quite the bus ride... 

Kalin here now.  The bus ride... Weirdest thing ever.  Jon, I think this will beat anything that's happened to you, no offense...  We got on the bus and saw a few guys sitting in the rear exit pounding on the glass.  On the inside of the bus, we heard that they were drunk and chanting some sort of anthem..  Have no idea what it was about... nationalistic?  folk?  football related?  no idea..  That was weird enough because they were loud and the bus was full and no one else was singing.  But then this older dude came on with some younger woman and he gave her a look, she relented, and he went back to the hooligans and started chanting "Tito Socialist! Tito Socialist!" and I was totally confused and people started laughing and Ev told me he was the dictator Communist guy who ruled Yugoslavia.  No idea why he was chanting this, why people were laughing, or if he was serious or not... But I started laughing too because it was so absurd.  Meanwhile, the hooligans sing other songs with the older dude randomly chanting for Tito Socalist.  The hooligans start chanting "Benito Benito Benito Mussolini!" and the older dude laughs and the bus laughs and Ev and I look at each other confused out of our minds and laugh.  Toward the end of the bus ride (oh, and at the point his woman is having ENOUGH of his antics... hahahahahah) the dude starts in with "Vive Franco!" and the hooligans ask who that is (Ev says he was the dictator of Spain, who, confusingly, is the opposite of Tito...so we figure he's just being a funny drunk and shit disturber... I dunno...honestly..) and the guy explains that "Franco is the best!!" and people laugh and we get off at our stop...  Totally weird.  I think the hooligans were singing national songs and then this guy thought it'd be funny to interrupt with chants about the former dictators of Europe...  I dunno...  And I was even sober...  Unfortunate.  :)

Today we spent the entire day looking for a laundramat as Ive been wearing the same clothes for the last three days.  It took hours in the sun and some anger until we finally found one.  It was expensive, but the woman used her own deterent and did it all for us and folded it all.  And she has Tom Waits lyrics posted on the wall, which was cool and odd.  We spent our time drinking in a bar called Boogie Woogie and I wrote Sco a postcard (Hi Scott!) and we got a free drink each because the waitress was awesome and Ev even got a fistfull of free cigarettes, which, at times, it like a fistfull of gold for him.  heh heh..  We slept a bit on a park bench and I felt like a bum until we could pick up the laundry.  We were lazy and are now spending the last bit of time in Dubrovnik until leaving tomorrow night on a ferry to Bari, Italy where we'll spend just about enough time to eat a bowl of Spaghetti until leaving again for Greece.  I don't know how much we'll be able to update as we'll be pretty much non stop travelling for three days until Santorini.  Maybe it'll be lots, maybe not at all.  But in the meantime, I expect you all to keep being jealous.  :)
   
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Watching the sun set from a cafe t…
Watching the sun set from a cafe …
Beach bum day!  Those are Kalins …
Beach bum day! Those are Kalin's…
Ev got a bit of sun.  Poor bastard.
Ev got a bit of sun. Poor bastard.
I think this is a shot of the edge…
I think this is a shot of the edg…
Dramatic coast line...  Again... l…
Dramatic coast line... Again... …
Dubrovnik
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