Doing Dubrovnik

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View from along the city wall

“Dobro dosli !” Welcome to Croatia the signs had greeted me.

 

After leaving Mostar, I had traveled by bus to Croatia. Not quite the average trip as there was several border crossings and passport checks (and passport stamps!) to go through;

- Leaving Bosnia,

- Entering Croatia,

- Leaving Croatia,

- Entering Bosnia,

- Leaving Bosnia,

- Entering Croatia

The reason for all this inning and outing was because of the little strip of land on the coast that belongs to Bosnia and is surrounded by Croatia.

 

Croatia greeted me with sunshine, and shimmering blue water that was so clear, you could look down from the bus from up on the highway and see how deep the water was. I couldn’t believe it – after two and a half months, I was finally on the coast (ok I forgot about the time in Budva when I wrote that last sentence so maybe I should have typed I was finally on the Adriatic.

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Arriving into Dubrovnik made me drool - the sun, the sea, the smell of good food on the breeze. I had expected to eat seafood whilst there and I wasn’t disappointed. I gorged myself on shrimps, calamari, octopus, fish and after the diet of two minute noodles, food had never tasted so good.

 

There was only one disappointment whilst eating out in Dubrovnik, and this wasn’t the city’s fault, but more of the restaurant I went to, or rather the lack of service there. On the menu was a delicious sounding seafood risotto. As I am a seafood fanatic and had been having withdrawals for not having had any for months, I leapt at the chance to have some – excluding the mussels.

I am one of these lucky people in the world who has developed an allergy towards mussels even though I loved them in my youth. The past two times I have had them, I have ended up in hospital on a nebuliser. Good times. So that evening I ordered the risotto, asking if it could be prepared without the necessary hospital visit that is guaranteed to ensue after eating the dreaded mussel, and was advised it would be no problem. The waitress wrote it down, confirmed the order and said she would make sure she would give me the correct risotto.

 

Now I’ve been known to gamble in my life, having played the occasional hand of Poker or Blackjack, but when she dropped the risotto in front of me and I asked her “Is this the one without mussels?” Her response of was “Yes, I think so.

Me doing my standard cannon pose
” Hmmm, she thinks so. Great, my life is in the balance and she thinks so. I wonder if this is what the Captain of the Titanic heard from his watchman on the night of the infamous iceberg sinking …..

 

Captain “Was that an iceberg?”

Watchman “Yes, I think so”

Captain “Was it important?”

Watchman “Yes, I think so”

 

No worries, I won’t die if I eat mussels …. much.

 

Still, what is life if not a big Poker game? As I say to my friends, everything is 50 / 50; either it will happen or it won’t. So with that in mind, I took a bite.  Now it would have made for an exciting blog if it turned out that I had to be rushed to hospital in an anaphylaxic shock, but luckily for me, this wasn’t to happen.

The harbour
I ate the risotto without problems, except for the service.

 

So here I am, walking around the city of Dubrovnik taking in the sites, sounds and delicious smells. I’ve walked along the City Wall, tried swimming in the sea and spent hours marveling at the architecture of this place. But all this marveling does lead to more hunger, which my left over noodle packets, although numbering only two, do not seem to have the same hunger curbing flavour as fresh seafood pasta and with that I’m off to marvel at more things this beautiful city has to offer, including a tummy full with food and an empty plate, until next time

 

Dobar tek from Dubrovnik

vances says:
Glad the risotto wasn't a shocking experience...

:^)
Posted on: Dec 21, 2010
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View from along the city wall
View from along the city wall
Me doing my standard cannon pose
Me doing my standard cannon pose
The harbour
The harbour
Napoleon and I - a lovely little c…
Napoleon and I - a lovely little …
View from along the city wall
View from along the city wall
Me doing my standard cannon pose
Me doing my standard cannon pose
The harbour
The harbour
Napoleon and I - a lovely little c…
Napoleon and I - a lovely little …
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