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  • American in CroatiaOct. 13, 2017

    The Value of No

    The other day the parent/friend group were all in the park. This group consists of the parents of kids that went to my daughter’s preschool. Some we see every day, some we see every few months. Anyway, when I saw that everyone was here, I called my wife and suggested that she come down and sit in the cafe with the rest of us. But, she listed the litany of things she needed to do around the apartment (and yes, I picked up on the hint that these were somethings that I could’ve done instead of playing Minecraft).

  • American in CroatiaOct. 6, 2017

    A Croat in Oklahoma

    That’s me back in high school. But, this post isn’t about me, it’s about an exchange student from Croatia in my high school. All I can remember was that his name was Pavo. He was tall, but to be fair, I’m short so everyone is ‘tall,’ and big, with a shaved head. With his accent, and toughness he fit the description of how I imagined someone from a former-something-country in Europe should look like.

  • American in CroatiaSept. 29, 2017

    Guest Couches

    One of the ‘great’ things about being in a Croat-American marriage are all the ‘cultural’ surprises I keep finding in the most mundane things. Just when I think, ‘well, we’ve sorted all that out. Croatia you have nothing left to surprise me!’ I discover a new chasm between the American way and the Croatian way… like buying furniture? Yeah, I know. I mean who thinks ‘Ah, furniture buying, that’s where you really see a cultural difference?’ No one, that’s who. But, it’s there. Trust me, it’s there.

  • American in CroatiaSept. 22, 2017

    The Measure of Things

    Years ago, back when my daughter was going to preschool I had to contend with what temperature was the threshold for wearing hulahopke. ‘Tights’ in English, but the translation doesn’t really carry this garment’s cultural heft. Kids wearing hulahopke is serious business in Croatia, and I was left with the decision of when was too warm and when was too cold. This dilemma was compounded by the fact that I didn’t really understand the Celsius temperature scale.

  • American in CroatiaSept. 15, 2017

    What You Can’t Buy at the Store

    We have a guest visiting us from America (fine, it’s my mom) and each time I go to the store she keeps suggesting that I buy things like condiments, paper towels, toilet paper, and pasta, as if we’ve used everything or are running dangerously low. On my way out the door she says, ‘get some toilet paper.’ And I imagine the thin remains of a single roll hanging precariously in the bathroom. Only to come back and find four… five… six rolls! Running low? What’s going on here?

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