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20 Fun Facts About Moi + Cool Bloggers I follow

By on Dec 13, 2017

And now, for something completely different.  It’s time for some basic fun facts about me!! How this Blog began: In 2015, at the suggestion of a colleague, I start blogging – but due to life’s demands, I was basically an “accidental blogger”.  Now I have started blogging much more regularly, as my time has freed up a bit more.  This blog is about the expat lifestyle.  As emigrating to the European continent has gained popularity, particularly life in Croatia, I thought I would share my experiences about it. It is a “lifestyle” blog, as well as an “expat” blog which also contains recipes and other tips. Since we are still in the “getting to know you” stage, I thought it might be nice if broke the ice a bit and  introduced myself.  Feel free to reciprocate in the comments below, and if you like this blog, I welcome you to...

3 Tips on How to Spend Christmas in Croatia by Giving to the Needy

By on Dec 3, 2017

HAPPY HOLIDAYS 2017 The holidays are upon us!  EEEEEkkkkkk! I love the lights and scent of pine trees – hate to take them down when all this is over – but the pressure to buy, buy, buy can be almost overwhelming 😀  And now, for a little Croatian  history….(no blood I promise)…. CROATIAN TRADITIONS In the olden days (up to about 15-20 years ago), the Christmas tree went up on Christmas Eve, known as Badnjak -(bad -un-yack) when it was decorated (not before!).  Christmas decorations included foil-wrapped pinecones – the foil was saved from chocolate bars. The traditional Christmas Eve food was Bakalar (bacca-larr) – which is Cod Stew, and Pasrate (pah-sure-aught-tee), a fried donut hole. A large log was put in the fire and people would stay up late singing songs and exchanging presents, which was quite unusual for people who got up at dawn and went to...

Croatian Cvita Recipe

By on Nov 28, 2017

CROATIAN CVITE – a Croatian cookie recipe The story behind the recipe. I first tried these cookies at the Croatian club in San Pedro, where my dad occasionally brought us to keep up with friends and family from the “Old Country”.  They were good, light and airy, citrus combined with anise and practically dissolved into my mouth. Granted, they were different in Croatia than in America due to slightly different ingredients, I made it a priority to learn how to “make them right!” like my grandma Antonia probably did. When I first came to Vis in 1999, I asked my neighbor, Lukrija Gospodinović, a retired chef from the hotel Tamaris to please show me how. Another neighbor, Teta Mandina Roki, showed me how the milk grows up over the metal pot and into the mixed dough below.  I am forever grateful to these kind ladies, and I’m really glad I learned, since...

Advent 2017 in Olde Town Zadar!

By on Nov 25, 2017

Well we decided to paint the town red and headed out on Friday night to Old town Zadar.  Woo Hoo! Zadar Zadar is great because, most usually cheap parking near the center is easy to find, but as it so happened, there were three live outdoor concerts within a five mile radius – so it took a bit of doing, even so we did manage to find a good place. Zadar as an attractive place to visit / tourist destination Zadar gives the impression of a kingly welcome. So regal, when I approach its thick walls and arched gated entrances, complete with Venetian lion and other stone decor, I almost transpose into a fine lady in silk and satin seated upon a fine steed.  It really gives this kind of dramatic feeling. Advent 2017 We came to the place near Pet Bunara (that means Five Fountains) where the women used to draw water for their daily needs.  Now it’s an open area ideal for exhibits. ...