Thursday, June 19, 2014


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...
Look at the 80's perm on me!  And the big frame glasses!  Woo-hoo! I still have that scarf, I bought it at an open air market in the middle of Zagreb with a it's also Throw-back Thursday!


Sam I Am...... said...

Fascinating...thanks for sharing.

Tammy said...

Very cool that you had that experience. Best wishes, Tammy