And I just realized, they got taller the farther south I went in the country. I didn't know this, but anonymous wrote on my last post that 5 NBA players in the USA come from Split Croatia! Sorry, I like basketball, but I don't follow it and I appreciate the info. I can certainly see why the Americans come after the tall Croatians for sure! I've been just joking around, but is there research on the height issue, is it truly the water?
The road is extra slippery from the limestone and the weather is gradually getting worse.. have a look below at that cloud bellowing over the mountain.. the wind is so strong at this point and it was freakin' scary to look at as I rode..
When luckily, a most wonderful Croatian man stopped me and insisted on carrying my bags and helped me find the right door.. thank you..!
That's the walled old town Dubrovnik behind my bike.. I'm staying under one of those little orange roofs! It's like living in a fairytale, or I can call it "my life in the museum.."
And a closer look at those still usable gates. It's interesting to see all the things that survive after so many wars and changes in leadership over the last 14 or so CENTURIES. There actually was quite a bit of damage from the Yugoslav war inside the town in 1991. But from the Croatians I have talked about this subject.. all is in the past. I really don't sense a rivalry or hatred toward the recent war.. more that it was stupid and time to move on. I hope the countries around the world currently at war with each other can do the same.. soon.
It is such an enchanting old town to live in. I can't believe the surprises and opportunities I get from this crazy journey. I honestly had no idea that Dino was sending me to live inside THIS MUCH of an amazing place! Like Trogir, it's unreal to imagine you are living amongst the same walls and walking the same streets the people have done for hundreds of years. So sturdy, they don't have road replacements and bricks like western world. The steps here are smooth and worn where people most often step, but they are the same ones.. wow!
Needless to say, I stayed put for a few days.. I cancelled my plans to continue on down to Greece merely because I am only struggling on the bike and not enjoying the trip through the rain.. and I am nearly due to go back to Italy for the housesitting in Tuscany. So my decision is to stop here for now, where there is easy access to the ferry.. and I will pick up where I left off when I resume the journey in spring.