VUL­TURE CUL­TURE IN CROA­TIA

Lonely Planet (UK) - - Our Year Of Discovery - Mike MacEacheran, writer @MikeMacEacheran

My travel high­light… was hang­ing out with en­dan­gered grif­fon vul­tures on Cres. Be­fore it stopped stock-still, be­fore its un­feath­ered neck swiv­elled round, and be­fore it looked me straight in the eye, I’d been watch­ing un­ob­ser ved as one of these crea­tures moved with grace and pre­ci­sion. The Croa­t­ian is­land of Cres is one of its most spec­tac­u­lar habi­tats. To eye­ball a scav­eng­ing male, just be­fore it launched into flight, was as spine -tin­gling as it was haunt­ing (croa­tia.hr). My low mo­ment… was an elk bound­ing out in front of the car along a re­mote Swedish road. Brakes slammed and ex­ple­tives filled the air and, thank­fully, we nar­rowly avoided a crash. In 2019 I am most ex­cited about… be­ing in Cuba dur­ing the 500th an­niver­sar y of Ha­vana’s found­ing. I can’t imag­ine there ever be­ing a bet­ter birth­day party.

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