Por Walter Krohne

Quizá para la mayoría de los visitantes era un día común en Dubrovnik , un centro histórico y turístico del Mar Adrático, hoy Croacia pura y antes  anexada a la ex Yugoslavia. Sin embargo para nosotros fue como un día de espanto que afortundamente duró sólo una hora. Era el momento en que nuestro viaje recién comenzado, terminaba en un cuartel policial al quedarnos sin pasaportes, tarjetas de crédito, dinero en efectivo y sin handy, tras desaparecer nuestra mini-mochila con todo su contenido en un pequeño mirador marítimo donde habíamos permanecido algunos minutos captando  imágenes para el recuerdo y la vida.

Mi mujer y yo habíamos quedado como personas “ilegales” ante el Estado de Croacia en cosa de minutos y sin ni un centavo en nuestros bolsillos. La primera idea fue buscar o rastrear todos los puntos en los que estuvimos, pero nada

Tras pensar en nuestra desolación y pedirle a nuestro protector o Supremo, como yo le llamo, vino la idea de ir a la policía para, por lo menos, poder explicar que éramos  personas “para muchos extraños y olvidadizos”, pero que nuestra ciudadanía y pertenencia a algún país del mundo,  era real, existía.

Ingresamos a un edificio de color amarillo con muchas dependencias, ubicado en el centro mismo de Dubrovnik, muy cerca de la ciudad vieja. Dijimos que veníamos a denunciar la desaparición de un bolso-mochila sin dar mayores detalles y  nos hicieron pasar a una oficina especializada en este tipo de casos, donde nos atendió una policía muy joven pero seriamente comprometida con su trabajo de ayudar a turistas con problemas.

Hablamos en inglés y le explicamos nuestro caso pero me pareció que ella lo encontraba  raro, raro y muy raro, por las expresiones que se dibujaban en su rostro mientras hablábamos.

“¿Cómo era el bolso perdido?”, nos preguntó.

“Bueno, era una pequeña mochila de color negro, respondimos.

“¿Qué dice Fujifilm?”, preguntó ella espontanea y sonriente.

“Si así  es”, le respondimos emocionados.

“¿Será ese que está allí?, indicando una estantería de tamaño mediano y de barniz oscuro.

Nosotros dirijimos automáticamente nuestra mirada hacia el punto indicado y claro, estaba  allí toda la documentación del viaje que estábamos haciendo en Croacia y Europa.

La impresión fue grande, inmensa diría yo o “super grande”, como dice mi nieta. El agrado de nuestra visita a la tierra croata, que había sido siempre un sueño, volvía a hacerse realidad y a tener una satisfacción indescriptible…sólo prohibido para cardíacos….

Era imposible creer que un bolso dejado olvidado en una pequeña plaza y con varias tarjetas bancarias y dinero en el interior pudiera ser entregado intacto a la policía por otro turista que igual que nosotros recorría la ciudad, pero seguramente con mucha más concentración mental.

La policía nos dio su mail y le escribimos. Es Richard Day quien ese día 13 de agosto, a las 12:30 horas (como lo cuenta él mismo) iniciaba como nosotros su primer día de visita a Dubrovnik junto a su esposa Jackie.

En los tiempos en que vivimos es difícil llegar a comprender que un bolso con tanto valor en su interior pueda ser entregado a la policía sin siquiera mirar lo que contenía.

No sé la edad de él, pero pienso en una persona adulta, muy seria y responsable, un representante  de los más honrados habitantes de esta tierra, porque lo que sucedió demuestra claramente que todavía hay en este mundo gente  digna y honrada, lo que debe ser imitado ciento por ciento. Debe ser la antigua educación que algunos recibimos en nuestra vida, la que esperamos también retrasmitirle a nuestros nietos y por eso hemos querido destacar este ejemplo y la enseñanza que nos ha dejado Richard y Jacky.

Kradiario ha querido  destacar  este hecho en esta Navidad para que sea conocido en todas las partes del planeta donde contamos  con lectores (en estos momentos no están leyendo en 18 países).

Ojalá Richard y Jacky decidan algún día visitar Chile y desde ya les ofrecemos nuestra casa en Santiago, para conocerlos personalmente y poder conversar, y para que disfruten de las bondades y bellezas de este país del fin del mundo.

Richard Day escribe a Kradiario

Dear Walter,

Thank you for sharing your article with us, we really enjoyed reading it.

The timing was perfect as I received your email on Christmas Eve.  My wife Jackie and I, this year have the pleasure of having all three of our children and partners with us so we could share your report directly with our family as we read it.

We are so happy that we were able to assist  you that day. We can tell you would have done the same if it been us who had lost the bag and you had found it.

Maybe one day we will come to Chile. Only a very small chance but if we do,we will  let you know.

Best wishes to you and Milenka for a Happy  Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year.

Richard Day

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HE “BLACK BAG” AND THE MESSAGE OF PEACE AND LOVE TO THE WORLD
PROTAGONIZED BY TWO BRITISH PEOPLE: RICHARD AND JACKY
Culture, Opinion |
Year 9 – No. 1095- 24.12. 2018

BY WALTER KROHNE
Perhaps for most visitors it was a common day in Dubrovnik, a
historical and tourist center of the Adriatic Sea, now pure Croatia
and formerly annexed to the former Yugoslavia. However for us it was
like a day of horror that fortunately lasted only an hour. It was the
time when our trip just started, ended in a police station to be
without passports, credit cards, cash and without handy, after
disappearing our mini-backpack with all its contents in a small
maritime viewpoint where we had remained some minutes capturing images
for memory and life.
My wife and I had remained as “illegal” people before the State of
Croatia in a matter of minutes and without a penny in our pockets. The
first idea was to search or track all the points where we were, but
nothing
After thinking about our desolation and asking our protector or
Supreme, as I call him, came the idea of ​​going to the police to, at
least, explain that we were people “for many strangers and forgetful”,
but that our citizenship and belonging to some country in the world,
it was real, it existed.
We entered a yellow building with many rooms, located in the very
center of Dubrovnik, very close to the old city. We said that we had
come to denounce the disappearance of a bag-backpack without giving
details and they made us go to an office specializing in this type of
case, where we were attended by a very young police force, but
seriously committed to their work of helping tourists with problems.
We spoke in English and we explained our case but it seemed to me that
she found it weird, weird and very strange, because of the expressions
that were drawn on her face while we talked.
“What was the lost bag like?” He asked us.
“Well, it was a small black backpack, we responded.
“What does Fujifilm say?” She asked spontaneously and smiling.
“If so,” we responded excitedly.
“Is it the one that is there ?, indicating a medium-sized shelf and
dark varnish.
We automatically directed our gaze towards the indicated point and of
course, there was all the documentation of the trip we were doing in
Croatia and Europe.
The impression was great, immense I would say or “super big”, as my
granddaughter says. The pleasure of our visit to the Croatian land,
which had always been a dream, came back to reality and to have an
indescribable satisfaction … only forbidden to cardiac ….
It was impossible to believe that a bag left forgotten in a small
square and with several bank cards and money inside could be delivered
intact to the police by another tourist who, like us, toured the city,
but surely with much more mental concentration.
The police gave us their mail and we wrote to them. It is Richard Day
who, on August 13, at 12:30 pm (as he himself tells us), started his
first visit to Dubrovnik with his wife Jackie.
In the times in which we live it is difficult to understand that a bag
with so much value inside can be delivered to the police without even
looking at what it contained.
I do not know his age, but I think of an adult person, very serious
and responsible, a representative of the most honest inhabitants of
this land, because what happened clearly shows that there are still
people in this world worthy and honest, what should be imitated
hundred percent. It must be the old education that some of us received
in our lives, which we also hope to retransmit to our grandchildren
and that is why we wanted to highlight this example and the teaching
that Richard and Jacky have left us.
Kradiario wanted to highlight this fact this Christmas so that it is
known in all parts of the world where we have readers (at the moment
they are not reading in 18 countries).
I hope Richard and Jacky decide to visit Chile one day and we already
offer our house in Santiago, to meet them personally and to talk, and
to enjoy the benefits and beauties of this country at the end of the
world.
Year 9 – No. 1095- 24.12. 2018