Being stuck home this week, I've watched a lot of the World Cup....watching yesterday's game of Croatia and Cameroon, I was rooting for Croatia...and I know many people will talk about the fact that the Cameroon player got a red card and gave Croatia an advantage...but they still played hard and they won!
I went to Croatia in December of 1986 and stayed until March of 1987. We had hosted an exchange student the previous school year and I put off college and went to visit her family. It was a fantastic experience!
At the time, Croatia was still part of Yugoslavia, they were about 5 years away from the civil war that tore the country apart. It was no surprise when it happened....there was a lot of ethnic talk when I was there....
Vladimira's family was Communist, and I had to register with the local police department. But the country itself was Socialist and they got very upset if you said they were a Communist country.
Since I was there in the middle of winter, we didn't travel too much....We did go up into the mountains to a restaurant. I remember it was very cool...they had these HUGE wine casks that they had turned into rooms that you could rent.
Vladimira was in school, and I went to the University in Zagreb with her a few times.
I don't have too many pictures, but here is a blurry one of the two of us...we are at the cafe-bar that we frequented...