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We are living in a vacation rental while we’re in Croatia. It’s mostly great and maintenance-free. Except for today. We have a couple of extra sets of bedding and five large bath towels for the four of us. Since we are in Eastern Europe, we have no dryer. (They have no idea what they’re missing). … Continue reading When laundry day goes bad abroad
In October, we couldn’t find a single Halloween costume in our Croatian town. They take All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day too seriously for Halloween foolery in the mix. But for weeks this winter, our supermarkets have been stocked with costumes in preparation for Carnival. Our boys have been waiting for this day … Continue reading Carnival in Croatia
My biggest shortfall after being in Croatia for almost a year is that I still can’t speak Croatian. I know only the pleasantries. I’ve discovered the limitations of charades and Google Translate. I know greetings, basic numbers and days of the week (barely). But things like parent meetings at the kids’ school leave me lost. … Continue reading Lessons from the Birthday Boy
Back when moving abroad was just a fantasy, I got in touch with my friend Eileen to see how life abroad was going for her. She and her husband made the transition from military life to retirement in Malta. (They were even on “House Hunters International.”) I always hoped we could meet up again. Eileen and … Continue reading Pete’s Red Sauce