Oct. 10, 2011: My friends Ron and Leslie recently came to Pristina. Ron came at my request and taught a four-day class on Public Corruption. Ron did a great job and the class was well received. The class ended Friday and Saturday we flew to Dubrovnik Croatia. I had not been to Dubrovnik nor had my friends. They had decided to stay on Europe a couple of weeks after leaving Kosovoand Leslie’s parents were meeting them in Dubrovnik for the week-end and then the four of them planned to drive through a good part of Europe before heading home.
My plan was to go to Dubrovnik over the Columbus Day week-end and come back to Pristina on Monday evening. I was able to find a round trip flight for about $200.00 and we all headed out of Pristina on the 5:55 a.m. Croatian Airlines flight to Zagreb. There is no direct flight between Pristina and Dubrovnik and we had a seven hour layover before our connecting flight. This turned out not to be a bad thing though as we caught a taxi to the downtown and since I had been to Zagreb previously I got to play tour guide to Ron and Leslie and take them on a whirlwind tour of “old town” Zagreb. As I have written about Zagreb before I will not repeat myself. I think Ron and Leslie had a good time and it was definitely time better spent than sitting at the terminal all day.
After returning to the airport we boarded the one hour flight to Dubrovnik and upon landing Leslie’s parents were there to pick us up. Leslie has found a three bedroom apartment to rent for the week-end and her parents had already been in it a couple of days before we arrived. The apartment was nice and the price included Wi-Fi. After dividing the cost five ways I ended up spending 32 Euros on lodging for the week-end. Not bad at all. The only drawback to the apartment was that it was about 560 stair steps up the mountain from the Walled City portion of Dubrovnik. That was a bad thing for repeated trips back and forth to the apartment but did afford a great view of the city.
Dubrovnik is a beautiful city. It is probably the prettiest city on the eastern Adriatic. It is a wonderfully preserved walled fortress and the Croatian people are rightfully proud of it. It is the type of place that is just a little too perfect for you to believe that it is real. The walls are kept in top condition, no ruins here. The city within the walls is exceedingly clean (especially by Balkanstandards) it is rare to see graffiti or trash anywhere in the city. It is a living city with people running businesses and staying in the apartments and generally going about the business of going about their lives the best that they can. There are a number of beautiful churches in the town, museums, restaurants and apartments/hotels to rent.
There is an outdoor market in the mornings and many shops. Dubrovnik is pretty thoroughly western, and the prices of everything reflect that. Food was expensive by Balkan standards and I didn’t see any particularly good deals in the shops. Our apartment which was about ¼ mile outside of the walls was reasonably priced, but even though it was the “off” season nothing else really seemed to be.
(To be continued)
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