Croatia is an amazingly beautiful country. I'm sure there are parts that may not live up to what I saw but the Brac Island near the city of Split is worth the trip. The people are hospitable and that little island has a lot to offer. Wineries and olive groves dot the island. The island's wine and olive oil is superb. It was a week away from the constant news stream and the incessant political madness that America is now heir to. It was a wonderful week of training with karate athletes from the Republic of Macedonia and Croatia. Definitely a chance to decompress.
I have been to many places in the former Yugoslavia and all of them have been interesting and many of the cities reflected the Communist era. Often blocks of drab buildings built with a monotonous sameness, which also included monstrosities called government buildings, many often in need of repair. Not so in Split or Brac Island. Split has an old world charm and I'm told it is very much like Florence Italy, not having been to Florence I have to take their word on it. I had a chance to tour Diocletian's palace. It is huge and actually a city in itself. It is full of shops, bars, restaurants and boutiques. Definitely a surrealistic place, a thousand year old palace of a Roman Emperor with a town inside.
Now back to U. S. and the daily diatribe that flows out of every media outlet about president Obama, the economy, Tea Party, make believe Fox News, Democrats, the Gay Old Party the GOP, and the rest of the panoply of talking heads and pundits that makes up the American circus called politics. I guess I missed it a little as it spices up the day and as with most Americans we all have opinions and I get a chance to write about mine. So it is back to the "Big Bagel" and my karate, Aikido, Iaido training and more blogging. Good to be home.
Now what the hell is that asshole in Florida doing saying he is going to burn Koans? This stuff never stops.