This is split.
More specifically, this is Spinut.
Spinut is a middle-class neighborhood wedged north of Split’s tourist-packed old town (The Palace, as it is affectionately dubbed by locals).
And south of Gradski Stadion, where Hajduk play.
To the west is a big green park called Marjan.
If you go east from Spinut there’s nothing but urban sprawl til you hit mountains.
Whether they care about sports or not, everyone supports Hajduk Split, the unofficial mascot of Dalmatia.
For the month of January I called this City my home. That’s My building on the right.
Most afternoons, if you take a walk through Spinut you’ll see kids skateboarding or kicking a football amongst the long corridors formed by the building columns.
Getting to the palace from Spinut takes about fifteen minutes on foot. The first thing you do is pass a schoolyard.
An old snack bar covered in illiterate scrawl and faded candy bar labels pasted to its broken windows sits quietly on a corner.
After the snack bar the sidewalk is covered by trellises of ivy.
I never really learned the names of streets, but this one means I’ve made it halfway to the Palace
The Old Market is by the Palace, but if I’m too lazy to walk all the way there this one delivers the goods.
Just another glorious day at home in Spinut!