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The Old Town of Dubrovnik is enclosed by well-preserved city walls and filled with historic buildings, as well as shops and restaurants. It is closed to vehicular traffic.
Many cruise ships come to Dubrovnik, and the Old Town is a popular tourist spot. While touring the Old Town on foot, it did not take long for me to bump into other Filipino tourists. I had to be quick in taking notes and having pictures taken because some of them were in group walking tours. What amazed me was nobody turned me down when I offered to include them in "Pinoyspotting." I guess they were just glad that I spotted them as Pinoys in the first place.
I was with a group tour, and our bus stopped in Opatija, Croatia, a popular seaside resort by the Bay of Kvarner.
I was eating my lunch on a bench when I "pinoyspotted" Marilyn Sulima Von Ballmoos, who walked in front of me. Originally from Sorsogon, she now resides in Bern, Switzerland. where she works as a sales clerk at a supermarket. She and her family were vacationing in Opatija.
Marilyn and I posed in front of the artworks of local artist Darko Sarlija. His son Vedran Sarlija took our picture.
I arrived at the London Heathrow Airport from Zagreb to make a connecting flight to Chicago. When I came out of the security control, I bumped into Elsa Hona Acot, who just finished her shift. A supervisor at a British Airways lounge, she hails from Calamba, Laguna.
Rey E. de la Cruz, Ed.D., writes from Chicagoland when he is not busy traveling and loving the arts.
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