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End of Summer Glow and the Will to Learn :D

By on Sep 16, 2017

Affiliate links exist below (see *). Hello Friend! Like most moms, the beginning of the school year is a special time.  The air is still warm, but the slightly cooler wind tells me that it’s time to let another summer go. Here in the Balkans the word for this season year is Ljeto, (lyieh – to – two syllables) and most say that summer is the nicest time of year.  But it’s also kind of nice to have the kids back in school and under control in a more normal routine (yeah – peace and quiet!). Here in Croatia, most schools started on the first Monday in September, and except for Dan Neovisnost on October 8 (Independence Day) it continues straight through till the Winter break, which usually lasts three weeks, depending on the school.   Being from an earlier generation,  I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard that most schools in America have their...

Legendary Home Grown Tomatoes

By on Aug 13, 2017

Dobar Dan!  Today we are talking about Tomatoes! Plum tomatoes are best for making a rich, tomato sauce “Golden Apple” is the translation of Pomedore, the Dalmatian word for Tomato Back in 1999, when I cut open a tomato with a bright red center, I thought I had died and gone to heaven This is the Wolfheart tomato, one of the best tomatoes I have ever eaten. Note: I have been on a hiatus with my blog, but it is time to start writing again.  My last entry was about going to America (and not to vote!). Anyway, thanks to that blessed trip abroad, I was able to transfer my US driver’s license to a Croatian license, and now the world is my oyster. Public transportation notwithstanding, it sure is nice to be independent. Based on your comments, If there is any interest about transfering one’s driver’s license, I can gladly write about transfering documents...

An expat goes home… and no, not to VOTE…

By on Nov 12, 2016

After a long absence of 16 years, I finally set foot upon native soil. And what did I find?  Lots of surprises! My son, who is just shy of 16 years himself (I was pregnant with him on my last visit – which was also, coincidentally, in late October of 2000), has also changed a lot in 16 years.  So that goes without saying. I spent only 10 days or so abroad, and here is what I found.  Washington State is a lot like Croatia.  Lots of green, lots of maritime culture (fresh fish, tourism, wood heating, and healthy eating).  I almost felt like I hadn’t gone anywhere – until I stepped into a WAL-MART.  A Walmart virgin till then, I got what I expected – lots of good quality items for a very competitive price – and very interesting looking shoppers to boot! Next stop – Orange County.  Tell me, someone, when did rural, redneck turned cultural pearl Orange...

Early Autumn Fig Mania!

By on Sep 2, 2016

Dear Readers, Welcome to Amerikanka in Croatia, the blog written by an Expat American giving the insider’s view to life in the very popular tourist destination, Croatia. If you would like to receive this newsletter regularly, kindly scroll down to the subscribe option.  After that, confirm the email address and you’re in.   I personally reccomend coming here anytime of year, and fall is great, less traffic and lovely weather!  (I just checked the weather forecast for September 2016 –  only three cloudy days expected and “maybe” one day of sprinkles.) In my own case, I came in June 1999 – and left in, well, never! With its California-type weather, even the winter months have a pleasant climate and ideal for walking, cycling, and swimming (with a wetsuit). Autumn is famous for grape harvesting, but figs are equally important.  In this age of GMO...