June 3rd I started the day off with Stasa’s class. We continued to learn about numerous global environmental issues that were quite eye-opening. For lunch, Allie, Brooke, and I picked up subs at a really cute sandwich shop near Old Town.
My other professor, Rob, on a whim decided to not have class in the RIT campus but on the top of Mt. Srd overlooking the whole city of Dubrovnik. The hike up was absolutely brutal, again with loose gravel; reaching the top was really rewarding. At the top were structures damaged from the War of Independence and the trenches. Below are some pictures from the top of the mountain and the war aftermath.
Our lesson was about the differences between the US and Croatia. Personally, I have noticed a distinct difference in restaurant service quality. In the United States of America, splitting checks is relatively easy. Waiters and waitresses give the group a really hard time whenever we ask for separate checks; some flat out refuse. Most have somewhat of an attitude and aren’t friendly or welcoming. My hypothesis is that because tipping is not common in Croatia, there is no incentive for a personable front. Although local Croatians may be used to this, it can take tourists quite aback – I know it surprised me. Although you can take a cable car down the mountain, everyone else wanted to not pay and walk back down, so that’s what we ended up doing. We ate dinner at a restaurant in Old Town called Mea Culpa which had an amazing lasagna. After dinner, we bought some gelato at a little alley shop named Dolce Vita. I had Ferrero Rocher flavored gelato and it was so tasty.
All of us went back to the hotel after dinner and just chilled and drank wine on the patio until it was time to go bed.