New Years in Dubrovnik

Trip Start Aug 19, 2012
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Sunday, December 30, 2012

It turned out to be the best place to be for New Years Eve.

We were one of the few foreigners/tourists that stood shoulder to shoulder with locals as the countdown occurred on the Stradun in the Old Town of Dubrovnik.  It was another memorable experience for us as we popped our champagne (i.e., carbonated white wine) among the reveling Croatians, humming along to their traditional songs, and watching some of them waltz in the square as a New Years tradition.  The mood was light, warm, festive, and hopeful.  What  more could a couple of Canadians who had traveled throughout various parts of the world in a few short months ask for?

We knew our time in Dubrovnik would also be wonderful after we arrived at our rented one bedroom apartment in the centre of Old Town, after the owner had already picked us up from the bus station and led us to the unit himself via local bus.  We tried to contain our excitement at arriving in such a beautiful accommodation.  It was like living in a modern, luxurious suite WITH a laundry machine (hurray!) that had class AND character.  We literally lived in a renovated ancient part of the Old Town.  Parts of the stone walls were still exposed, and wooden beams stretched across the ceiling.  The windows had traditional shutters, and we had a lovely stone balcony overhanging right above one of the main streets.

But the best part of being in Dubrovnik was making more new friends.  The owner of the unit generously took us on a 10 min tour of the Old Town to help us orient ourselves and know where the necessary bits were.  Then he proceeded to invite us to meet his friends from Vancouver (a Croatian and Japanese couple who had been living in Croatia for several years).  The following night, we bumped into them at a bar, and lo and behold, we became fast friends with the couple.

In the end, we spent a total of 3 hours with Jon and Sanja (the "j" is pronounced like a "y"), though we felt like we had known each other for years, and they also generously invited us to visit again.

So Dubrovnik too, was full of surprises and gem-like experiences.  We were sad to leave Croatia after such a rich and warm experience there.  The people we encountered in all the cities and towns were exceptionally warm and genuine, even compared to many of the countries we have already visited, and the scenery, weather, and sights were breathtaking.  We have essentially vowed to return, especially to revisit our new friends in the country.
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