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Igor’s Place

One of my fears about this trip was that in being taken and shown wonderful things we could miss out on the other aspect of travel – the meeting people.

Igors garden

One of my fears about this trip was that in being taken and shown wonderful things we could miss out on the other aspect of travel – the meeting people. Thankfully that has not been the case. Firstly we have met the wonderful crew, calm and competent in every situation, but also generous with their own experiences of the places we have visited, and the other places we should visit ‘next time’ because there is little doubt there will be a next time. There is so much more to see. At each stop we have been introduced to, and had time to chat to a huge range of local people. Most speak good enough English to have a real conversation; many speak enough to go deeper. To get below the surface of chit chat and share ideas and opinions, and jokes- but with some special people this communication is possible even with few words.

Then there are the other bloggers, the very local Igor, the immigrant local Paul, and Mike, a frequent flier, who has been to Croatia before. With this bunch of experience, I am the newby. I haven’t been before.

We have travelled together for a few days now but unlike ‘big brother’ where a bunch of people have been brought together to squabble, we have been brought here to have a wonderful time -so we shall. Our third day included a visit to the town where Igor lives, so he invited us round for drinks. We called in really just for drinks but his charming wife had prepared a spread of interesting local delicacies. One new combination of flavours included cheese with a kind of fig and orange marmalade, sprinkled with lavender flowers. Flavours hard to imagine but delicious in practice.

Part of the internal dialogue wherever I visit, includes ‘how do people live here, what are their lives/ families / homes like’ so it is always a great privilege to be invited in.

Igor took on a house that had been in his family for years, but needed a lot of work to bring it to the way he wanted it to be for his family, he has created a beautiful home. Our gathering was in the garden, a raised terrace surrounded by flowers and vegetables ( not Igor’s work , but that of his lovely wife) A delightful hour was spent here with crew, bloggers and family.

Thank you Igor.

Joanna

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