I apologize for the lack of blog posts…the internet in our hotels since we left Sarajevo hasn’t been the best and I haven’t been really patient enough to sit in the room and try connecting.
What happened since I last updated: we left Sarajevo and went to Mostar. Mostar was gorgeous, but really touristy. We had food by the river but it was really really bad and expensive. Boo.
The next day, we met with some representatives from the Croatian Democratic Union. They were really great, young people but their political ideology is exactly what is fueling the conflict in this region. They run on ethnic-nationalist platforms, and advocate for Croat rights. They don’t believe that there will ever be a ‘Bosnian’ identity because they claim that calling it ‘Bosnian’ alienates the Herzegovinian region in the country. I think that this is all just semantics; it’s just a name. I don’t remember if they ever directly answered the question of a united national identity.
We left Mostar for Dubrovnik on Friday (I think—days seem to blur when you’re on a dialogue). The drive there was gorgeous! The highway was along the Adriatic Sea. Basically, Dubrovnik was a mini-vacation on Northeastern’s time (thanks Professors!). The view from the hotel was gorgeous even though the hotel was a Slavija 2.0 (this time it had A/C and we weren’t stuck in a heatwave!)…
The beach wasn’t really a beach…it was not even sand. It was rocks (and painful!) and the Adriatic Sea is not warm at all. It was cold!! I miss the bathwater-temperature South China Sea. Dubrovnik’s Old Town was really bizarre, but beautiful at the same time.
We got to Split after 2 nights in Dubrovnik ($$$$$!), and we went to a beach again as Split was also on the coast. Split is the biggest coastal city in Croatia. The beach…really not a beach. One word: concrete. I had a great time regardless, and we also went through downtown Split (which was expensive as well).
I am now in a kitschy hotel near the Plitvice lakes, and today a group of us went to the mini version of the lakes. It was really beautiful and I can’t wait to see the real Plitvice lakes tomorrow! Hopefully this “hiking” business I’ve been hearing about is not real hiking because
a. I don’t hike
b. I don’t have sneakers
c. I don’t really feel like hiking but it’s supposed to be gorgeous
I know that my posts have been ridiculous/not in the best prose so forgive me! I blame the bus rides :P
Pictures later. Hopefully we’ll have great internet in Zagreb!