I can’t believe I’m writing to you from this amazingly beautiful place. (I think I’ve taken 100 photos already in the short time we’ve been here.) If you have plans to visit Europe, Dubrovnik—a walled city along the Adriatic Sea—should be a must stop on your list of cities. It’s about 70 degrees today, and the sun is shining.
Our Big Shot entourage arrived on Easter Sunday. I want to take this opportunity to introduce everyone, because I plan to blog about them all week. The Big Shot organizers are Bill DuBois, chair of photographic arts in RIT’s School of Photographic Arts & Sciences; Dawn Tower-DuBois, NTID professor; Michael Peres, chair of biomedical photography communications; Tara Rosa, alumni relations director of chapter programs; and Debbie Kingsbury, assistant dean for the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences.
The six of us flew from Rochester to Washington Dulles International Airport on Saturday afternoon. Due to mechanical problems earlier in the day, our United flight out of Rochester was delayed twice. We knew we weren’t going to make our connecting flight on United from Dulles to Frankfurt, so we were booked on the German airline Lufthansa. I had no idea what to expect, but Tara had previously flown Lufthansa to Munich and raved about the service. All I can saw is WOW!! The plane was enormous. It was a B-747-400 with two floors and a seating capacity of 330 people. Each row is 10 seats across, with first class passengers on the upstairs floor. We were seated on the second floor in economy. No matter—alcoholic drinks were free. The flight attendants served us a hot meal (with real silverware), hot lemon-scented towels, cognac or Bailey’s Irish Cream and breakfast. As I’m sure you can imagine, the 4,057 miles from D.C. to Frankfurt weren’t so bad.
From Frankfurt, it was just under two hours to Dubrovnik. We flew Croatian Airlines for this last leg of the journey. Some old and new friends were at the airport to welcome us. Willie Osterman, professor in RIT’s School of Photographic Arts & Sciences, and Don Hudspeth, president of RIT’s American College of Management and Technology, were there. For those not familiar with ACMT, it’s RIT’s sister college in Dubrovnik. More than 600 students study here. Latika, a senior at ACMT, also was at the airport to say hello. Latika graciously drove with Debbie, Tara and me to our hotel to make sure we got settled. The three of us are staying at the Grand Hotel Park. Monday is a holiday, so ACMT is closed.
Today has been a bit technically challenging. I wrote this blog post in a Word document, but have had trouble finding Internet access. Tomorrow will be easier, as it will be our first day on ACMT‘s campus. There’s much more to share, but because Croatia is six hours ahead of Rochester it’s early evening already here. So, bye for now.