Before arriving in Dubrovnik, I was aware that the Old Town was going to be full of stairs. Despite this, I had chosen to stay there in order to avoid taking a bus to everything I wanted to see. Okay, truth be told, the only thing that I had to see was the city walls and everything after that was just going to be icing on the cake. Regardless, I knew that stairs were involved in the one attraction that was on my must do list. What I hadn’t factored in was the amount of climbing up and down stairs to my hostel, to allergy approved meals (damn you seafood!), and to avoid sleazy restaurant owners amongst a whole lot of other things.
To add further insult to injury, I also hadn’t factored in my talent of getting lost – in Dubrovnik this meant that I was going to have to repeatedly climb the same staircase many times in hopes of a different result. From the moment that I woke up to the moment I went to bed, it was just up and down all day long. My quads, hammies, and gluts were screaming out in pain for me to stop while my eyes wanted to feast on more of the fantastic views provided by the city. Unfortunately, my legs lost the battle and I continued to push on to see as much as I could in the few days that I had. I climbed up and around the city walls. I did all of the self-walking tours of the city and then some considering I went off the beaten path each and every time I started following the marked paths. Personally, I blame ADD and the need to follow stray cats more than my sense of direction for this one! But where my sense of direction is to blame is the extra stairs I did to make it to the cable car to get a view of the city. I may have walked up, down, and all around the damn thing before finding the entrance but hey, sometimes you have to go that extra mile. Once I had gotten to the top, I was glad I had put in the extra effort as the view from the top was well worth it.
All in all, Dubrovnik gave me cool but sun-filled days that made all that unexpected exercise easy to handle. At the end of every day, I may have been worn out but extremely glad that I had a few jam-packed days of exploring the city.