The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

Groove, Death, Italians

This was one of my favorite days on a return trip to Croatia. I’ve been thinking about what a gift it is to be able to see that beautiful place on now several occasions. As I plan for this summer’s visit, I am reminiscing like mad. 🙂

Croatian coast, bus

The Nice Thing About Strangers

Italy, Croatia, tourism Nervous Italian Tourist holds on for dear life with both hands.

“Groove is in the Heart” is on the radio and the Italian tourists are certain that we’re all going to die. For me, the pace and aggressive passing of Croatian bus drivers is no longer alarming. I’ve been on this route many times. I hope I’m not losing my gratitude as we fly down the coastal road, but I’ve lost that panicky thought that these will be my final moments.

Back at Makarska, the driver sat for a coffee with a remarkable sense of self. He winked at me and smoothed his hair. He flirted with the sixty-year-old waitress. So I don’t clutch at the handles of the seats when we pass the lumber truck, when we pass the wagon and trailer. I don’t look nervously at the guardrail and consider how insufficient it would be to stop a…

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4 comments on “Groove, Death, Italians

  1. joannerambling
    July 15, 2015

    I like the picture this brought to mind

    • Thank you, Joanne! I am looking forward to returning there, and hoping to keep my gratitude every moment of the journey. 🙂

  2. Maureen
    July 15, 2015

    I’m afraid I’d be hanging on…

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