Susan and I had a wonderful time in Stari Grad today. We are already experiencing grief about leaving this wonderful culture. Today, we met with a small contingent of travelers from Iowa who are cruising the Adriatic. We had heard about their arrival from the University of Iowa Alumni Office. This afternoon, we set up a small Hawkeye flag at a table at our favorite Kotor cafe, A's. Our new friends arrived and we enjoyed sharing local foods and beverages with them. It was a memorable experience to welcome fellow Hawkeyes to Montenegro.
After a great encounter, we parted company. In a few hours, our newly acquired friends were on their way. Susan and I thoroughly enjoyed sharing this time with them and discussing our experiences in this wonderful culture.
The cruise ships are increasing in number, and the main piazza in Stari Grad is often filled with tour groups from around the globe.
Someone is watching over the piazza.
There was a heavy bank of fog over he Bay this morning. We heard a cruise ship sail past, but could not see it.
This morning was Susan's last meeting with students she has been tutoring in English as a second language. I baked chocolate chip cookies to fuel the discussion.
While Susan was with students, I spent time with friends discussing Papalada a la Maka at a small cafe in the Piazza of Arms.
These are some images of dolphins on Boka Bay, just a few miles from our apartment. I wish I had been there to take the photographs.
When Susan and I visited the Kotor Market, we returned with an array of different foods. These, we added to different cured meats and other specialties we have obtained and have enjoyed one wonderful meal after another.
This first photograph shows some cured meats we purchased along with home canned peppers and home made cheese.
Here are more examples of cheese and cured meats accompanied by banana bread contributed by our gracious neighbor Jane.
Later, Susan and I shared some of the cheese we purchased with our good neighbors, Jane and Ken out on the patio behind our apartment building.
Susan and I walked along the Bay and say that three more cruise ships had arrived. Within a few short hours, they were on their way.
With three cruise ships in port, the crowds of tourists swelled in number. Susan and I sat at a favorite cafe and watched platoons of tourists escorted by guides parade by.
As the cruise ships exited the Bay, it was surprising how close some of them sailed to the waterfront of the Village of Perast.
Charles (Karlo) Baker-Clark
I am a university professor with interests in the relationship of food and culture. I am also a Fulbright Scholar and will deploy to Montenegro in September, 2014 where I will collaborate in teaching and learning about food and culture as well as food tourism. This blog is dedicated to sharing my experiences in Montenegro with you. It is also dedicated to my son Chad who mixes artistry and savvy in teaching people how to bake bread and make pizza.
This site, Zdravo (Hello) From Montenegro, is not an official Fulbright site. The views expressed on this site are entirely those of its author, Charles A. Baker-Clark, and do not represent the views of the Fulbright Program, the U.S. State Department or any of its partner organizations.