Cultural challenges: First day in Dubrovnik

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Uvala_LapadWhile Dubrovnik, Croatia has become a popular tourist destination for Europeans (and an at times overrun cruise ship port), it verges on the exotic for someone from North America. Of course, the wars from two decades ago (this city was under siege then) are long-gone, as are the medieval and earlier history, except as tourist attractions. Yet the place is very different to Canadians; currency (Kuna), language (Croatian, naturally) and architecture all take some time to absorb.

We’re staying in a rented apartment, booked several months ago. It isn’t luxurious, but is central to the “Lapad Beach” area — not the old city, but certainly considered to be part of the local tourist circuit. It takes some time to navigate the supermarket and figure out the best ways to avoid the tourist traps — I’m not sure if we’ll quite succeed, even with a week here.

Internet connections are iffy — for some reason, the wi-fi works reliably on one device here, but not the others.

Not much construction marketing to this post, I realize, but undoubtedly on a weekend in a far distant land, the best “marketing” I’ll achieve here is to learn to adapt and absorb the totally different environment.

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