Okay, I’m going back to Asia for another two months. You might ask what I’m going to do when I go there. Well, I intend on going to Laos, India, Australia and Bali for starters. Sometime in the next week or two I intend to start booking flights with Air Asia to move me around the Asian continent. I plan on spending a few days here and a few days there and a few days somewhere in between. My goals are to spend some time in about 8-10 different counties while I’m there. If I get to ten, the count may be up to 100 countries that I’ve visited. Here’s hoping… So why do I want to spend time outside of the United States? If you have to ask that question then whatever answer that I give probably wouldn’t satisfy you. But I’ll try – the Pyramids of Egypt, Chichen Itza, Pompeii, Mont St Michel, the Great Wall of China, Petra, the Taj Mahal, Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, St Peter’s Basilica, the Egyptian Museum, Dubrovnik, the Uffizi Gallery, Hong Kong, the Sistine Chapel, Angkor Wat, the Louvre Museum, the Canals of Venice, St Mark’s Basilica, the Kremlin, Chambord Chateau, the Acropolis, Jerusalem and Hagia Sofia. If the mere mention of any of those terms creates a stirring of any kind inside of you then realize that there are some people in whom that stirring is more intense. I’m one of those people. The ticket is paid for. The money is in the bank for the trip. Now I all I have to do is stay alive.
I arrived in Split, Croatia much the same way I arrived everywhere else I went in the Balkans, by bus. Like everywhere else I was met by room touts. One man was particularly cordial and I went with him and get another 10 Euro room in his home. Actually, he and his wife seemed to adopt me for my stay in Split. They couldn’t seem to do enough for me. Fortunately, Split was overflowing with things to see and do, so I didn‘t have to impose on them all day. I’d venture to say that I enjoyed Split more than I enjoyed Dubrovnik and I enjoyed Dubrovnik considerably. 11/2005
The old town of Dubrovnik. It’s quite famous and for good reason. It’s in great shape. It’s a classic tourist destination in Croatia. It is one of the best examples of medieval walled cities of which I know. It is also situated on a sea coast, giving it extra pizzazz. 11/2005
I moved into the local IYHF hostel after a day in Dubrovnik. It was closer to the old town section of town. Dubrovnik is the classical Croatian Adriatic community. Unfortunately, there are a few hills in the town. 11/2005
This is a classic view of the rooftops of the old town section of Dubrovnik. It really is unique. You can buy a ticket to walk around the top of the wall which surrounds the old town and was once used as a fortification from invaders. The views are awe inspiring with the red tiled roofs of a medieval city, the mountains and the Adriatic Sea. 11/2005
Guess who? Guess where? It’s not so much Croatia that I like, it’s the Balkans in general and the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea in particular. I’ve taken a bus from Albania to Triest, Italy. I spent weeks on that trip. I love this area of the world. The scenery is great, the history is fabulous, the food is tasty, the people are wonderful and the costs are low. What more could you ask for? That view behind me is of a city that’s a few hundred years past being over 1,000 years old. Significance? History. I have a BA in History. At one time I wanted to tech history to young people. Then I realized that meant teenagers. I never did get to teach history, but I have gotten to chase it all over the world. I’m still fascinated by it.
Outside the outside the north gate of the Diocletian’s Palace is a huge (45 feet tall) statue of Grgur Ninski and it is considered good luck to rub his big toe when passing by the statue. I don’t know about good lucj, but I went out the north gate a lot as it was the quickest way to the best places to eat in Split as well as the cheapest internet café. Speaking of Diocletian’s Palace , let me just say that it alone is a good enough reason to visit split, ;let alone all of the other cool things to see in and around the city. Oh, and did I mention that the route along the Adriatic between Split and Dubrovnik is one of the prettiest 2-3 hour bus rides you’ll ever take? 11/2005
These were two of my roommates when I stayed in the Dubrovnik hostel. One of them had bicycled all the way from Japan and we spent an evening looking at his travel photos. 11/2005
I got off of the bus in Dubrovnik, Croatia and was met by room touts, who seemed to meet buses everywhere in the Balkans. This is my 10 Euro room across the street from the bus station. I arrived late in the day and this seemed like a good alternative at the time. 11/2005