Duba for Nika

I don’t know if all people have a village where they did all the required growing up. My first friend and I – we do.

My friend Nika called Nicky, who celebrates today, was my companion as we did our growing up every August in the tiny village Duba on the Pelješac peninsula in Croatia, the all-night train, ferry and fishing boat away from our hometown Ljubljana.

It was there that we met Taja, the third friend of our three-leaf clover, when we were about 12 years old, even though she lived in the same city only a kilometre away. Here we are during my last visit, Nika on the right and Taja in the middle.

Photo: MC

Just last week you sent me a message: “There will be a programme on Duba on Croatian TV. Don’t cry too much.” You meant cry happy, nostalgic tears. I watched it. It was too short, I could watch images from there all night long. I’m sure you would too, that’s why there are so many below. Patience, please, people, this is special.

But first three songs out of many that will always remind us of this place. We were lucky to have a circle of friends to sing with, the guitarist from Sarajevo who took care of our musical upbringing, and the old blue boat on the shore where this often took place. But mostly, if it wasn’t too windy, we gathered at the end of the big pier, and sang.

1. “Malo ćemo da se kupamo” (We will go for a bit of a swim). By Crvena jabuka

2.

Nemoj Sanja da se menjaš
da se stidiš laži
najlepši si kakva jesi
ne dozvoli da te iko kvari.

(Sanja, don’t change, don’t be ashamed of lies. You are most beautiful as you are, don’t let anybody ruin you.) By Alisa

3.

A šta da radim
kad odu prijatelji moji
kad ode djevojka na koju
bacam oči.

(What shall I do when my friends are gone, when the girl is gone who I crush on.) This is a cover, originally by Azra.

The summer of 1990 was the last year that we went to Duba together. The war came between as it tends to do.

I needed almost twenty years to return: we went there two summers in a row, in 2008 and 2009, the first time with my sister and your brother (why didn’t you come as well?), and the second time with Taja and her family. These photos are from both occasions.

Just don’t cry too much watching them. 🙂 (Click on the first photo and continue from there to read the captions.)

Photo: © signature mmm & a variety of friends

Nicky, for your birthday I wish you all the best and that we return one time to Duba together. Cin cin!
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20 Comments Add yours

  1. I also want a day like THIS!!! Aaaaa, by the way also spent every summer in the village and had my best childhood/teen memories there…oh, why life is much more complex now, when it was before ..

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    1. Yes, RayNot, something happened. Somebody realised how to make our lives useless. 😦

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      1. Yes..sad tho :/ amazing pics. U have so many pics!!! Where u keep them alll??? I mean technically

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      2. Thank you! Well, some on my laptop, older ones on my back-up disk. Imagine how many more I have that I DON’T show!

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      3. I need a back up disk. Now I know! Thx 🙃😎 yeah, I guess u have ALOTS OF BACK UP DISKSSSS???😱😱😱

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      4. Hihi, no, just one, but it’s HUGE. 😀

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  2. than* (was mistake there at the end) haha

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  3. maksi2016 says:

    Ty for awaken memories

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  4. joey says:

    Wonderful tribute to friendship on this her special day 🙂 Great way to make an online celebration!

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    1. Thank you, Joey. 🙂 And she loved it too.

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  5. All of the photos are wonderful, but I especially like the shot where you did all of Shakespeare in one year. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Brian, for what appears to be your first comment, and for imagining the Shakespeare beach feast. 🙂 Did it bilingually too, juggling two books. They all smelt of the sea later.

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      1. “They all smelt of the sea later.” This would be a great title for an autobiography…

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      2. Sweet. I’ll keep it in mind. 🙂 Thanks.

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  6. Joanne Sisco says:

    You have lovely memories of a special time – both in your childhood and later, reliving it again 🙂

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    1. True, Joanne. We all were most alive there during our Augusts. No wonder I found my place to live almost on the exact same latitude, just a few longitudes to the west (I hope I said this correctly, not a frequent user of these words).

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      1. Joanne Sisco says:

        Sounded just fine to me 🙂

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