July 25, 2008 by admin
Early in my sixties, I took short trips to Hungary and Romania, Croatia, and Central America, and the booklets about them are my Solo Senior Series, soon to be offered on this blogsite. I went out for only a few weeks, and, as the title implies, traveled alone, staying mostly in hostels and inexpensive hotels. These forays, as well as my Russian experience, became the learning lab for my long around the world bid. Here’s a short quote expressing my first impression of Dubrovnik, Croatia:
“Last night, eating grilled ocean fish and sipping delicious Croatian white wine on an upper terrace restaurant, my table glowing with candlelight and resplendent with linen and fine china, I thought about how drop-dead impressed any woman would be if her man whisked her away to this unknown part of the world where romance, in the truest sense, just drips from every trailing vine. Every glance around and everywhere one’s eye falls, the utter romantic-ness of the place just brings goose bumps. Red tiled roofs and bougainvillea against ancient plastered walls bearing shuttered windows and balconies, and maybe even flapping laundry on a sunny day. Quiet, starry nights with sea breeze and lamplight and so much glossy marble pavement winking up at the strolling ones. There is wonder at every turn!
I had to laugh as I also thought that if he played his cards right, she wouldn’t even have to know how inexpensive it was…… if he did all the money-handling. Oh, how old-school that sounds and I don’t advocate it, really, unless he’s only setting the stage for a proposal. But, if the date doesn’t know the exchange rate, then it all appears to be most expensive.”
This excerpt is a tip-off to the reality that my travels are not filled with self-sacrifice and bottom-of-the-barrel cheap choices. I like to choose countries where the dollar buys a lot. Well, bought a lot. The above was written in 2003. Go to Dubrovnik! It’s still a very good deal!