The ferry plunged its nose into the bank, and the sailors, yawning, let down the ship's ladder. The few remaining passengers picked up their trunks, jumped ashore and dispersed into the gloom. The harbour once again stood empty, the light in the cafe went out, and silence fell around us like a pillow. The prospect of spending the night on the beach was fast approaching. Our saviour was a fellow named Branko.
Branko and his friend were lazily finishing their beers on the doorstep of the cafe, when I flew into them like a whirlwind, and beseeched them to help find me a taxi and a hotel, with tears in my eyes. The village was called Sobra. In the darkness we could see the only street, with the sea along one side and a row of houses along the other.
Branko's apartments turned out to be big holiday cottages on the coast, half of which he rented. Our cottage was spacious, the rooms were cosy, the entrance was separate and the price was ridiculously cheap. The first does good meat, and the second does good pizza. In the morning the sun burst in, paying no heed to the shutters.
We flung open the windows and the room was bathed in light. I went out onto the balcony. There was nothing beneath me but the sea - that same surreal shade of turquoise that you normally only see in advertising brochures for tropical islands. The entire village consisted of two rows of stone houses, made white by the sun, and a road which bordered the sea.
If you sat down on the roadside you could dangle your legs in the Adriatic and stare off into the horizon. Strewn around the shore were small, round islands, whilst further away, through the blue haze, the broken line of hills of the Peljesac peninsula could be seen. A woman was brushing wild vine leaves from her balcony, shouting at someone inside the house as she did so. A lorry roared up from below. Its driver stopped to say hello to the men, then to a woman, then to a shopkeeper, and then sat down in the nearest konoba, with every intention, it seemed, of staying put till evening.
The beach turned out to be a small bay in the cliffs with hand-rails heading out into the water, but we had it all to ourselves. The mini-market was a 'selpo'-type place, with buckets, shampoos and yoghurts all lined up together, along with fresh baguettes, cheeses, round, yellow melons, home-made pesto and an impressive collection of Croatian wines. The konoba's tables were spread along the road on the side looking out to sea. The list of pizzas on the menu was enough to make any Italian pizzaiolo proud, and there were more dishes in the "Fish" section than there were days available on our holiday.
We discovered a fish stall behind the konobas. In the morning, dirty launches steeped in the aroma of the sea moored themselves to its doors. Silver scales shone in the sunlight, crabs clattered inside a sack, and bearded fishermen exchanged banter. Having put down their rods, they cleaned their teeth and washed, standing amid their catches, or sometimes lying down on the deck and snoozing.
The usual feeling one gets in Croatia of being in a resort was nowhere to be found. The island turned out to be an idyllic rural back-water: Behind the fish stall, Sobra came to an end - literally. The road wound slightly further along the cliffs and then disappeared around a bend. The mountain stood there, a dark-green mass, and the smell of herbs, hot stone and salt hung in the air.
The sea murmured right under Branko's balcony, in the back court stood an orange grove, and hedgehogs came up to the doors by night. We wished we could stay forever. It soon became apparent that we were the only landlubbers on the island. The other tourists had all arrived on yachts. They got out onto the road, bought some provisions at the mini-market, then had dinner in one of the konobas.
Then, without going beyond the tables, they jumped back into their sloops and, making drunken circles in the water, sailed off into the sunset heroically. Soon we too set off from the island. It turned out there was only one car hire site on the island. It was called "Brum" and consisted of very small, very old cars. The owners of "Brum" had painted them in jolly little colours, covering them with flowers and "zebra stripes", and one s Volkswagen had even been given a new lease of life with a covering of white fur.
We ended up with a Fiat cabriolet, which was rather reminiscent of student uprisings in Europe, the Vietnam War and Brezhnev's visit to Belgrade. Its fabric roof folded over with a great screech, and its engine cut out at times, but it took steep ascents by storm, like a mountain goat: Mljet stretched a mere 37 km along the Adriatic, but the winding roads meant that there were km on which to drive. If you headed to the most interesting places and didn't mind making a few stops at the konobas, you could spend a whole day getting from one side of the island to the other. In that time, valleys bathed in light, hills lost in blue smoke, pine groves, vineyards and the insane, ubiquitous sun, which beat down relentlessly on your face, all imprinted themselves on your retina.
By evening the eye had gorged itself on light and azure blue, the ear - on the howling wind and the birdsong, and the skin - with the aroma of pines, and all you had the strength left to do was to collapse onto a chair in a konoba and ask for a bottle of house wine. In the village of Pomena, on Mljet's western extremity, we found 50 locals and the hotel's only hotel, the "Odyssey", which boasted a pool, a buffet and crowds of podgy tourists.
Compared to the deserted Sobra, it felt like the centre of civilization, so our "Broom" couldn't wait to get out of there. Beyond Pomena was the Mjlet National Park, with its two incredibly blue salt-water lakes and a 12th century Benedictine monastery on an island in the middle of one of the lakes. A nimble little boat took us out to the island. The boatman was singing some American hip-hop to himself. We literally found ourselves in the middle of a gigantic cauldron, full of water and with green hills around its edges.
The sense of prayer came over us, like in a Catholic church: You could see why they had built a monastery here. The island's capital, the village of Babino-Polje, was liked an enchanted place. Situated on the slope of a hill, you got the feeling it could never be roused from its slumbers. No tourists came here, no cars polluted the air, which had congealed in the sun's haze; dark, almost black grapes could be seen swelling in the little vineyards all around us, and the sea far below could be seen through the semi-transparent mist, which was like a patchwork formed of chimney smoke, the spirit of wine and the ringing of church bells.
Behind some tables on a terrace, a few old men were sweeping up with a broom. We ordered a coffee, and it was brought out to us by a jolly, long-haired chap. He burnt his fingers, blew on his fingers, asked where we were from, and fondly recalled a visit he had made to the Hermitage in The coffee was strong and bitter, and infused with the aromas of cypresses and pines.
We didn't get a bill: Babino-Polje boasted the island's only newspaper stand. Besides a weekly tabloid it also offered chewing-gum, biscuits, lottery tickets and a solitary book: At dusk, we saw the old man on the road back to Sobra. Leaning on his stick and stroking his white beard like someone in a painting, he was sitting in the shade of a fig tree, like a living memorial to Lav Tolstoj. On a stall set out in front of the writer we could see white rolls of home-made cheese, and garlands of dried figs. The language barrier meant that it was hard to work out which cheeses were on offer.
Seeing that we couldn't understand a word, the old man sighed and, pointing to the cheese on the left, let out a loud bleat. Pointing his finger at the cheese on the right, he gave a definite low moo. We bought both of them. We discovered the creators of the sheep's-milk cheese a little further down the road. Lit up by the setting sun, and easily making their way up a steep hill, they were tinkling their bells and bleating pitifully: Camelia, a poem by Igor Ireteniev General field: Done up like a doll in all your nightwear, On your nails a gleaming layer of red, Maybe someone hurt you badly somewhere, Maybe it was something someone said?
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Dinner is served; come on in, please. You gave us a good idea. He's threatening that he'll take them to court. I'd serve the ball better if I had a better racket. After that, I couldn't even shake hands with him. Help him on with his coat. The carriage is ready. Don't pick these apples up from the ground. Fortunately the food supplies were brought up on time. Get in; I'll give you a lift.
I don't want to expose you to danger. I can't understand why you want to be the butt of every joke. His conduct was severely criticized. The horses were led up to the stoop. It would be a good idea to place a stone foundation under this house. I hope he won't let us down. You put me on the spot with your remark. Did you add up your expenses?
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Who'll sweep the floor today? Put new soles and heels on my shoes. He's not fit to lick her boots. He always carries a large briefcase under his arm. He mustn't lift anything heavy. Competition undoubtedly arouses interest in work. There was no sense in arousing everybody in the house over such a trifle. Don't make a fuss over such a trifle. It'll be very hard for him to go upstairs.
Everything is coming up beautifully in our vegetable garden this year. It looks as if a snowstorm is coming up. The barometer is rising. He just can't sign this order. I jumped on the running board of the trolley. I can't lift it by myself. Will you help me pick this box up. They raised the American flag. Which one of you raised this question? They got me up very early today.
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It's been raining steadily for several days now. I need some additional income. For the time being I'm just a helper in this shop. He keeps nibbling sunflower seeds all day. Who are you on the watch for here? We ambushed the detachment at the edge of the woods. Do you want your mustache trimmed? The defendant refused to answer the question. I figured out the expenses and was I scared! Confirm the receipt of this letter, please.
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My best wishes to your family and yourself. Please come directly to me with all complaints and suggestions. Let's wish our friend success in his new work. He sacrificed his life for his country. We had to give up some of our flower beds to make room for a vegetable garden. How is your brother getting on? He just listened and shrugged his shoulders. I'd like to live down south for a while. He had his fling in his youth. I'll look after your son. See to it that dinner is served on time.
Don't worry; I'll see about the tickets. Your good health is to be envied. They're in a bad spot. Have you had your breakfast yet? We went to the movies the day before yesterday. I sat behind you in the theater. I left them far behind. He always brings up the rear. Call a doctor immediately. She called me to eat. Call me a taxi, please.
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They allowed us to stay away from work today. I won't allow anyone to talk to me in that tone. Who gave you permission to take my car? Let me tell you that you acted without tact. I can't afford such luxury. Will you give me a light from your cigarette? You're welcome to use my typewriter. My health doesn't permit me to take this job.
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