The first residents that greeted us were some stray cats, seeking not just food but much love and Reiki. They looked well cared for and casually watched us look at our guidebooks after we had given them a little attention.
As we attempted to speak Croatian, the human residents answered back in English. It was actually quite comical. Dubrovnik is a popular tourist destination, so speaking ‘native’ was not going to be a problem.
We walked the length of the wall surrounding the town and then decided to head out by ferry to nearby Lokum island, a natural preserve where to our surprise and chagrin, we saw beautiful peacocks and their little birdlings.
One fellow in particular gave me a beautiful display of his feathers. He followed us a little ways and lead us to a stone table where Richard and I gave each other Reiki, listening to the calls of the birds, the sound of the sea and inhaled the smell of pine and marjoram on the breeze. It was an intoxicating experience.
As we took the ferry back to our big ship, I reflected on how this island of such natural abundance helped to balance out the cumulative energy of the walled town, still showing some bombed out ruins from the recent war.
Just a glimpse into that culture, but I feel the animals we met were helpful peacekeepers of Dubrovnik.