ÁDIO The Story of Hellos and Goodbyes

Author(s): dubrovackidnevnik.hr Photographer(s): Olja Ljubišić
I couldn't stop thinking about that 'adio'. It is an expression widely used in costal Croatia. You can hear 'ciao' and 'adio' quite often. In general, without my basic Italian I wouldn't be able to fully understand my countryman in Dalmatia.  

Imagine walking down the white stone paved street in the Old Town, having hard time to believe how beautiful everything is.

You don't know, well I, don't, whether to take as many pictures as I possibly can or simply capture everything with a glance.

And, to tell you the truth, it gets more beautiful and more interesting every single day passing. You discover a spot with an angle to the town you hadn't seen before, you start feeling the difference in the footsteps on polished stone and concrete.

With 'dumb and dumber' smile you parade around grateful for the privilege of doing 'the walk' every single day.

During one of these walks, I came across of a friendly face of a local who shared 'best of' Dubrovnik with me not a week ago.

As she was coming in my direction I remembered how great was that tip to have a drink in Buza to enjoy the open sea view from outside of the City Walls.

She smiled and said: 'Adio'.

'Goodbye' in Italian. Not Hello. Goodbye. I couldn't stop thinking about that 'adio'. It is an expression widely used in costal Croatia. You can hear 'ciao' and 'adio' quite often. In general, without my basic Italian I wouldn't be able to fully understand my countryman in Dalmatia. 

Language is a living thing and I love it for keeping the history, customs and the memory of the people in its words, expressions. I wondered what happened here.

'Hi. Who decided to expel 'hellos' from the greetings?' I asked with acted seriousness.   

' I have no idea,' she replied, trying to stop the laughter. 'I never thought about it. For us it so natural to greet with 'adio'.

'So you say goodbye before anyone starts talking. Well played. No inconvenient questions, no awkward silence, no embarrassment if you can't remember the person's name,' I confirmed.

'Not bad right. You'll end up liking it.'

'I just might. And it's a great opening line with tourists, without a doubt' I could pass the opportunity to tease a bit.

'It's part of our charm.'

'I agree.'

Olja Ljubisic

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