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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...

Scenic Walk Around Lake Vrana

By on Aug 23, 2016

Late summer (anytime after August 15th) is a little like the bottom of the 9th inning.  Everyone knows what the score’s gonna be, it’s just a question of waiting it out.  The smell of autumn is here, with the winds setting in late afternoon.  With this laid back mentality in mind, I decided to take a much anticipated, long-postponed scenic walk. My daughter takes this path on her way to training when no one is available to give her a ride. I had heard that it was lovely, so now it was time to see for myself. It won’t be the last time, that’s for sure. We live on dry land, but surrounded by water.  From what I understand about Croatian geography, there are only three cities (towns really) that fit that description, surrounded by water I mean – and they are Vrana, Pakostane and Drage. Nestled between the gorgeous blue Lake Vrana (which means Crow Lake) and...

Summertime road trip to Grožnjan, Istria

By on Aug 10, 2016

Summer is the busiest season for musicians and tour guides, but somehow we managed to get a day off to get out of town!  Besides celebrating an anniversary, it’s nice to check out other places. Destination – the ISTRIAN Peninsula in Croatia near the Italian and Slovenian borders.  It was formerly called Histria after the Histrians, a native Illiric tribe that inhabited the area before the Greeks and Romans arrived. Istria is known for its wine, and we were not disappointed 🙂     There are several small, medieval hill towns in Istria – Motovun and Grožnjan are two of them, fortified from invaders with fabulous panoramic views of the surrounding area.  Thanks to recent summer rain showers, the outlying area glistened in different hues of rich green.  It was really wonderful. The tiny town’s map Street scene Quaint houses with artistic details Stone walls...