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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Picture Perfect Croatia (Reflections On a Stolen Ramble through the Countryside)

There are certain times and certain places that  everywhere you look seems to sparkle with a magical brilliance of color and light. That feeling of clarity and visual pleasure awakens a dynamic portion of your soul, and it's in this sensation you begin to feel as if you are walking through a virtual masterpiece of …

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From the Inside Looking Out

I  have taken the isolation restrictions from the Minister of Health in Croatia very seriously since the whole Covid-19 isolation rules began back in March. At one point I didn't leave my apartment for six whole days for fear I would unknowingly become a vector for this disease. I started to feel a little crazy …

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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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Advent Markets in Europe: Are they worth it?

It's never too late (or early) to plan for ChristmasBefore the holiday season gets away from us completely, I'd like to share some perspective on the Christmas and Advent markets in the countries near where we live in Europe as well as the ones in Croatia themselves. As I'm sure many of you have seen, …

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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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