At the far left, the 19-year-old says she loves living in Croatia.
“Because you have family here?” I ask. “Or is it the lifestyle?”
She laughs, “It’s not the lifestyle.”
Her family has a farm near the village where AMAWATERWAYS’ Amacello has docked today. They raise peaches and grapes and also produce wines.
The young girl works at the market to sell her family’s fruits. She also studies. When she graduates college, she plans to work with preschool children.
Her friends (in the middle, age 15, and too shy to speak English and on the far right, 19, and studying law) come with her to work at the market.
None of them have traveled much, but they hope to move to a bigger city one day — never, however, too far away from home.
I felt fortunate to have this conversation with the girls. That’s one of the great things about river cruising. You are a traveler, not a tourist, and certainly not part of a mass tourism experience.
There were few tourists at the market and, in fact, few in Vukovar. It is still a place that is unspoiled.
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