Tagged: Croatia


These used to be my fat pants

A funny thing happens when you emigrate to a new country – and by ‘funny’ I mean really bullshit. You end up putting on piles of weight. And by ‘you’ I mean women, because for some reason this doesn’t happen to dudes.


The Boiler Room

We had a visit from a chimney sweep yesterday. A fucking chimney sweep! But we may have inadvertently caused ourselves some bad luck… After a couple of abortive attempts to enter our apartment – “I’m sorry, I only speak English,” I lied to the man who buzzed our intercom –...


Snakey Starbucks surprise

In the news this week is the story of a Texan man who was startled by a snake at his local Starbucks when he went to use the loo. Bruce Ahlswede responded as anyone would – he called in staff and his wife to take a look. Fortunately, the snake...


Well, do you?

If you take my place… … do you also want my disability? Spotted in Cres. The original reads: “Ako ste uzeli moje mjesto hocete li i moj invaliditet?”


Klapa along

A few weeks ago, I went to see a performance of klapa at the Croatian Museum of Natural History. I’m not sure what I was expecting – maybe a Capella sung from within the ribcage of a long dead brachiosaurus? A choir of stuffed dodos? Getting down and dirty with...


A very Scottish welcome

Last week, Zagreb hosted Scotland in the World Cup qualifiers. Not being an avid football fan, my first indication that this important match was impending was when I collided with several men wearing tartans in Ban Jelačić Square. Not really what you’d call an everyday occurrence here in Zagreb. An...

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Wonder Washing!

Do you ever watch old movies or ones set in Sicily and there are clothes lines strung up between people’s apartments, clothes lines on little pulleys so that you can put your clothes out and pull them back in? Yeah? Well, I have one of those. I can’t admit to...


The positive side to losing 5 million bucks

It’s old news now, but in case you didn’t know Seattle has finally offloaded its troublesome spaceship toilets (see previous posts here and here and here). The 5 toilets which sold for $US12,549 cost Seattle $5 million – and most articles are painting it as some spectacular failure. But the...