Venice After the Time of the Coronavirus

I'm both teary-eyed and giddy after returning from a trip to Venice last night. Those of you who have visited this timeless place know of its charms, but these feelings snuck up on me as I returned for the third time.  Although I was truly enamored with the city the first two times (How can …

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Heading Out to Sea After the Coronavirus in Croatia

It had been been a long, cold isolated winter in Pula because of Covid-19, and we were anxious to get away from our apartment where we, like many others in Croatia, had spent the last two months locked down.  As soon as the restrictions were lifted and cases had gone down to just a handful …

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Ringing Away The Evil Spirits or Covid-19

About a month ago at the Rijeka Carnival in Croatia, which now seems like a lifetime ago thanks to Covid-19, I was struck by some parade participants dressed in eery costumes that looked like they had come out of some psychedelic horror movie. Men were covered the whole lengths of their bodies by long strands of …

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Things Fall Apart

Should I Stay or Should I Go? (Part Two) Things have devolved with the pandemic situation since my last post, and because things are changing so fast, what I wrote before now seems downright frivolous. This post may seem that way now or two weeks from now, but I just wanted to let people know …

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

"Darling, you got to let me know.  Should I stay or should I go?  If I go, there will be trouble; if I stay, there will be double" --- The Clash Why does my life feel like an 80s- English punk song right now thanks to the invasion of the Covid-19 aka Coronavirus aka "Every …

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A Tale of Two Cities: Hallstatt’s Doppelgänger (and Instagram) Creates Problems for Residents

About five hours away from our apartment in Pula is a small Austrian town called Hallstatt that you may or may not have heard of. But even if you haven't ( Okay, I admit, I hadn't heard of it) there are many, many people around the world who have. The village has a tiny population …

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A Series of Unfortunate Events

Mom’s 8Oth Birthday and The True Meaning of Celebrations Eighty Years LovedBirthdays are important events marking the ages and stages of our lives, but when you reach the beginning of your ninth decade on this planet, it truly is something to celebrate. I knew my mom was approaching her 80th birthday when we left the …

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Winter is Coming

Autumn Fare, A New Language, New FriendsThere is something so beautiful about passing by a centuries old olive grove bathed in the waning sunlight of autumn. The glow that casts a spotlight on a centuries old olive tree seems to light a fire inside my soul and make me realize that our time here on …

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Naked Germans and Such

So it seems that Germans (and Europeans in general) are more comfortable with their bodies than us Americans. I make that assumption based on the observations I've made on the beaches and surrounding waters in and around our home in Croatia. And it's not Croatians for the most part, but rather the German tourists who …

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Celebrating Birthdays and Playing Mafia

"The city is sleeping," said the young Russian boy.  We all closed our eyes. As I sat around the beach blanket with six children from Russia, Italy and Croatia still dripping from the salty Adriatic Sea and playing the card game Mafia, I wondered, how did I get here? We had just been swimming off …

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