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Faithless in Zagreb

The blue caterpillars that are the Zagreb trams snaked past us, but we barely noticed as we walked along Ilica toward Šalata. Faithless was playing tonight and nothing else mattered. Going to see a gig in Zagreb is always an experience. It’s never quite what you expected. Šalata is a...

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Reaching for the clouds

A very small boy ran past me today as I was walking to the market. “Bok!” he said over his shoulder, as his little legs propelled him forward at a cracking pace. “Bok,” I said back. A few moments later, his mother ran past, wheezing a little and holding her...

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Caffe Bar Sunce

I’ve been coming to Caffe Bar Sunce for years, literally years, even before I moved to Zagreb. It is a place populated by old men who have been sent by their wives to the market, for a bag of tomatoes, potatoes, onions. It doesn’t matter what they sent them for....

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The Simple Things

de simple tings of life, mi dear de simple tings of life ~ Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze Plums on the ground. The ground. Not of a supermarket, tumbled off the crate. Not on the kitchen floor, rolled out of the bag, across the counter, fallen from the bench. Just on the...

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Zagreb Pride

I’ve been to a few European prides over the past two years and what I love about them is that they’re way more basic than the super extravagant Sydney Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras has its place, and I love it. But you couldn’t get more grass roots, basic, and authentic...

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Reading in the Park

Most visitors to Croatia come for the summer and head straight to the coast. Sometimes, I think they might be bypassing the best that Croatia has to offer – because there’s no doubt about it, when the sun is shining the whole of Zagreb comes out to play. It seems...

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Zmajsko Pivo – a very tasty drop

Zmajsko Pivo is a delicious frosty beverage which pegs itself as Croatia’s ‘first craft beer’. I don’t really know how to define a craft beer, but I can tell you that Zmajsko pivo is definitely Croatia’s tastiest beer. Zmajsko Pivovara (Dragon Brewery) produces a delicious pale ale which we found...

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Leftovers

Some friends of ours concocted an elaborate scheme to get us to their place to get drunk. “Leftovers,” they said. “We have so many leftovers from our party. Come and take some home.” With trepidation, we went back to their house to pick up the food. “You may as well...

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The Fall of the Soviet Union – a love story

“They say that when Mikhail Gorbachev first heard the Muzak version of Edge of Seventeen, it knocked him out cold.” This is what Alexis told me, as we sat blowing smoke rings on the banks of the Sava river. The thing about Alexis is, he doesn’t know how to lie....

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Spring in Zagreb

There’s nothing like a miserable wet winter to make you love, love, love the coming of spring in Zagreb! I once knew a woman who said that she would never live in Australia because she couldn’t live anywhere without seasons. “We have seasons, you prat,” I told her irritably. But...