Category: Life

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Christmas starts in Zagreb

Normally, I believe that nothing related to Christmas can start a moment before December – NOT. ONE. SECOND. But… but… Zagreb city has already put out its Christmas lights and I don’t mind. They’re just so pretty! Zagreb has a whole raft of cool things going on for Advent (that’s...

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Because this is Croatia

Last night as we were walking home from the theatre, we stopped by an old lady who appeared to be struggling to walk. “Do you think we should help her?” said C. We looked back at the woman, who was leaning against the wall, her handbag and a bag of...

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Planning for Oz

In very exciting news, we’re heading back to Australia for Christmas (hi mum and dad!). I’m looking forward to Asian food, and oysters, crumpets, strong tea, and the sun and the beach, and of course seeing all my friends and family. But there’s one thing I’m rather nervous about. Beer....

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A poo bus

The UK’s first bus run on biogas has hit the streets of Bristol. Wittily named ‘the number two’, the bus runs between Bath and Bristol Airport. The yearly output of 5 people is needed for each tank of gas. Wondering what biogas is? If you haven’t already figured it out,...

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How not to sell your book

I’m a member of a Facebook group called “Women Writers, Women’s Books“. It’s an online community of women writers and readers who share their stories and successes, interesting articles, and questions about plot or about publishing. We recently had a discussion about why the group works better than other similar...

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Halloween, Croatian Style

My aunt exhorted us to come back and visit for Svi Sveti over the weekend, tempting us with the promise of something special for lunch. “You must come back for All Saints,” she said. “We’ll be killing a turkey.” Well, who could resist? The holiday is a very important one,...

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Red, Lonely

Another beautiful piece from one of my very favourite artists, Slinkachu. According to his bio, Slinkachu has been “abandoning little people on the streets since 2006”. I love each and every one of these little guys. I hope you do, too! Check out the post here.

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Dynamo Bike & Bake Budapest

In a small courtyard in Budapest, not far from the City Market, down a little cobblestone alley in a quiet part of town where the nicer B&Bs are located, you can find the tiny Dynamo Bike and Bake. We stopped in for a coffee, a cake and a bike rental....

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Zagreb Vis a Vis

Quite by accident we ended up at an exhibition launch last night. (it seems to me that I start a lot of blog posts with ‘quite by accident’) Held at the Institut Francais, the exhibition showcases jewellery made by the Jewellery Friends Club. The Club took France as their inspiration,...

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A trip to the Dolac

Autumn is hanging on as tightly as it can. After weeks and weeks of dreary rain, the sun has been persistently shining on Zagreb. It’s the perfect weather to head to the Dolac market for groceries. I wish I had the remotest bit of talent to show you how beautiful,...