May 9th, 2007

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holiday day 5



Day 5

On the fifth day, we set sail for Goli Otok (Naked Island) which is the prison/gulag island from Communist Yugoslavia. My hosts spent a fair amount of time waxing nostalgic about Communist times and voicing their concerns about the ways the country will change with capitalism and globalization. While many of their claims were valid, it is also true that they themselves had encountered very few of the horrors of Tito's time. So this visit to Goli Otok was eye opening for all of us. Some people claim that Tito did not know about this "naked island" where some of his fiercest political opponents were sent to toil in their final days. Regular citizens were not allowed to speak of it and definitely not allowed to tread anywhere near its shores. Even now the place is not a formal monument. There are no signs or tour guides. No inhabitants to explain anything to you. You simply pass through gawking and try to piece it together with the few clues that are left behind. What was this for? What does this word mean? What went in here?









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last holiday days (the end of sailing): the rest and the race



Day 6

We went into Old Town Rab on this day. It was this old fortified town filled with churches dating back to the 1300s and little old mamas walking around and greeting little old men in overalls and other stuff idyllic stuff. It's kinda where I'd like heaven to be.

After our trip, Vuki taught me some basic nautical knots and upon successful completion he gifted me with an oversized shirt that said S.O.S. - Sex Or Suffer. Yeesh.







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Day 7

On this day Gregor woke up, prepared tea for all of us (we'd run out of coffee) and announced that he felt like he'd been run over a truck. Luckily it was time for us to take the boat back, for me to FINALLY take a shower (i only got to take one during the five days- eek!), and to rush all the way back to Ljubljana to try to get on my flight.



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