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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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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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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Reaching the Matterhorn

Sitting in a little Art Deco cafe in Zürich, Switzerland called Grand Cafe Odeon. It reminds me so much of a place in Prague that I was lucky enough to spend time in 2009 when my eldest Sarah was studying abroad. I’m drinking a cappuccino, thinking of getting some champagne like the Swiss couple next …

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