Exploring the Township of Slano
Just a quick hour's drive up the coast from Cavtat, a stone's throw from Dubrovnik, as if on the palms of hands put together serenly lies the township of Slano.
I negotiated a left turn off the main road and continued dowhill, disregarding for the moment the street sign that spells and points to all one can see and do here, and decided to simply park and sit on the seaside bench adjecent to the Croatian Nobles Square situated at the very center of Slano's namesake bay - this picturesque inlet of the Adriatic here commanded by relief depictions of Starčević, Radić, Stepinac and Tuđman. I then let my mind stay quiet and blank and my site wonder where it may.
I do this almost ritually upon ariving in a new place. Truth be told, I was not new to Slano, having visited it first via the writings of my great-great uncle - a grammar school teacher who taught for a couple of years here in Slano in the 19th century, and then a few times in person. But here in the context of now, with all its ebbs and flows and continually changing theme for its innumerable nuances, demanded that I respectfuly let my old friend Slano tell me its story anew.
Steve and Alisa have been world travelers for many years. Their insights from personal experiences are well presented (on their rich website) and indispensable to many travels.
Dino Imeri is a well recognized concert pianist.
Music was always a part of me...
Prof. Ivana Marija Vidović is a well recognized concert pianist and the founder of the Epidaurus Festival.
The interview was done in Croatian. English translation follows. Thank you for your patience.
We encountered the NFL linebacker and an athlete in the truest sense, star of the Travel Channel's show and citizen of the world Dhani Jones strolling the streets of Dubrovnik. Approachable and personable, he immediately agreed to an interview.
We met John Vargas, the coach of Stanford University's waterpolo team, in the township of Mlini, Croatia. He kindly agreed to an interview just minutes before his team was to face "Gusar", one of the local II Division teams.
We met Tony Azevedo, an American waterpolo ace and easily one of the top world players, at the pool of "Jug CO" in Dubrovnik. Approachable and down to earth fellow, as most greats are, he immediately agreed to share a few words about his background, the sport, cultural adjustment to living in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Marija Župić is a clarinetist and recipient of many notable awards. She is associated with several Croatian orchestras, and a permanent member of two chamber ensembles. She held concerts in almost all European countries. In addition, she dedicates a part of her time to pedagogical work.
*This interview was done in Croatian. English translation is to follow. Thank you for your patience.