I will be spending the next four months in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where I will be studying at the Dubrovnik International University (DIU) through API Abroad, and exploring the region. I was first attracted to Dubrovnik because the DIU is the first private university in the city, and specializes in economics, diplomacy, and international business.
I wish I could say my first impression of Dubrovnik was the view (specifically the picture below, which was taken from the balcony of my apartment with an iPhone). But my honest first impression was the stairs. There are stairs everywhere. Built along the Srd mountain, Dubrovnik spans down the hillside and meets the Adriatic Sea. From my very rough, not at all precise calculations, 300-400 steps separate my apartment from the water you see below.
Another impression: the water here is crystal clear. You can see almost everything below you, from swimming fish to reefs. I have been told to look out for sea urchins, but have yet to encounter them.
Final impression: The power of the U.S. dollar is very strong here. With an approximate conversion of 1 USD = 6.5 HRK (and 1 EURO = 7.5 HRK), the dollar has a lot of spending power. I just spent 15 HRK (less than 3 USD) on an amazing cup of coffee this afternoon, in addition to a few 4 HRK bottles of water (less than 1 USD), and relatively cheap groceries. The strength of the U.S. dollar here is going to make traveling around the country that much more exciting.
Places we've gone, things we've seen, stories worth telling