The weather proved to be excellent for the first part of the week, often reaching 30C. Unfortunately, thunderstorms arrived at the end of the week. They proved pretty dramatic. Personally, I like experiencing thunderstorms. Practically, they can spoil things, especially on your last day when you are kicking your heels until it is time to go to the airport.
We stumbled upon a jazz band playing outside a bar one evening. They were very good musicians. Being fortunate to find a table we ordered drinks and enjoyed listening to the excellent music. Of course, we were not alone. Indeed, as I sat there and looked around I saw many different types of people. There were people of different colours and faiths and nationalities, all wandering through this historic city quite amiably. Quite a few stopped to listen and watch the Jazz band. The atmosphere was very friendly, and that made me think; where does all the conflict come from?
Okay, I am not that naïve. I know that there are people out there who live to peddle hate. Indeed, it is sometimes difficult to imagine the human world being in any other state. Except in a city like Dubrovnik. I am an egalitarian. I believe in the equality of treatment for everyone. I do not care about race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or any other human difference. To be honest, I think that most of them are so minimal in comparison to what we all have in common that it seems ludicrous to base decision or behaviour on them. I think that in Dubrovnik it became patently clear that we can live together if we choose to. I suppose that is the point, too often people choose not to. I do not understand the attraction of hate, it only leads to violence and destruction. Hate never built anything worthwhile.
Dubrovnik is a city that was probably built for the same reasons as any other human city. It has high walls and was clearly intended to be a display of martial strength. Whatever its history Dubrovnik seems to me to have become a very cosmopolitan place. It had a very positive feel to it. I do not remember meeting any objectionable people there. Sitting at the table listening to the Jazz and watching other visitors wander by felt right. I liked being there and I liked other people being there also. Now, if only we could turn the whole world into a place like Dubrovnik.
Me, my hat, and Dubrovnik