The Slavs, Tragically

 It seems idyllic We are in Ljubljana today and tomorrow, 14 & 15 April 2014, passing through Slovenia on our way to six-months in Germany; it will be research, more or less,  for me, a pilgrimage, more or less, for Patrice.  Patrice’s mother lived her...

Leaving Rovinj

Departing Istria,  14 April 2014 We are leaving the Istria Peninsula this week-end after a six-month stay. On the apartment floor is a mailing box, Hrvatska posta, Extra Large. We over-packed and are mailing things back to America before we leave for Germany.  Patrice...

An EU Visa

So this redneck and Central European Jew get married… Patrice and I will spend the spring, summer and fall in Germany. We will require a long-term visa. Patrice anticipates the outcome darkly; I optimistically. European Union visa rules interpret...

Istria, February 2014, In the Morning

 Istria, February 2014 In December and January, Rovinj sleeps.  The days are overcast and rainy. The streets are quiet and empty. On the rare sunny day (or hour), the cafes on the square fill, and when the sun disappears, so too do the natives.   On 1 February, one...