January 23, 2015

shit happens, even in Dalmatia

So there I was, lying in a Dalmatian hospital in Split.
As that was the only safe place for me, having a severe pneumonia.

Being a bit ignorant ánd stubborn, I ignored all signs my body was giving me, so after a week or so with "minor" inconveniences and a rising temperature, the point of no return was reached.
Whatever you may think of nice, pleasantly warm Dalmatia,
a body temperature of 40 C. is a bit high indeed.

So there I went, from first aid (hitno pomoc) to hospital (bolnica),
with all care and medication one can wish for.

I've seen more doctors, nurses, assistant nurses and additional staff at, over and even under my bed these two weeks,
 than in all of my previous life.
(The "under"-part was the daily cleaning job, 
keeping the room as sterile as possible).

To tell you in short, doctors and specialists in Splits hospital are excellent, as are the nurses.
Most of them even speak some (or even some more) English or German, so don't worry you loose the wrong leg.
(Which is a blessing for a Dutchman in a Croatian hospital).

But even thán, communicating under "less common" conditions,
ánd the lack of experience in foreign hospitals, is prone to lead to some miscommunications.
Which I must admit, did happen, however it was only at the point that I thought I was declared fit to leave the hospital,
and (thought I) understood the procedures.
Wróng, as this still is Croatia, with loads of (necessairy ???) paperwork.

So I hope I did not offend some doctors with my typical "let's gó" Dutch behaviour, as they did cure my illness in a highly professional way, while I sneaked out of hospital in a somewhat less Croatian style.
(As when I heard I was cured and fit to leave I did not have the patience to wait another uncertain amount of time
for the traditional truckload of paper).

Understanding or misunderstanding, I was extrémely happy to be home in Svinisce again, healthy as an (old) horse,
thanks to all medical staff in KBC Split.
And that pile of paper, it seems I have to pick it up as soon as possible, which I will do of course.

So should you, as shit happens to others too, land in hospital here,
be absolutely sure you get all necessairy high standard medical care.

And a load of paper as a bonus :-)

January 01, 2015

old picture, new year

Leaving an old year behind, heading for a new one.
Whatever you may think, 2014 was a year to remember, 
and in another 365 days also 2015 is history.

Let's wish 2015 is worth to remember, 
as good things are worth it.

On the picture a woman and a vehicle to never forget.
Happy New Year.

(Brigitte Bardot and a Solex).

December 28, 2014

it's not as white as usual in December

We did not get a White Christmas, and even today, with heavy snow inland, only Mosor Mountains are white.

Which is a good thing, as looking at it is much better than being in it.
And we know what it feels like to be isolated in a winter wonderland.

These days everybody is talking about climate change.
Warmer or even colder is a matter of how scientists look at it.
I am convinced there ís a change happening,
only I am not sure whát change.

Last summer was pretty wet, after a mild winter.
Result: grapes and olives had a lot of problems from bugs.
Result: very poor crops.
Result: high prices.

Prognosis were warning for dangerous weather conditions,
with heavy snow.
Thank heaven we only had lots of rain last night,
but Mosor Mountains are all white, and no doubt Biokovo will be the same, only with a lót more snow higher up.

Sorry but no actual pictures yet, as my camera is having a problem.
The clever one however can find them on the internet :-)

Now let's hope the climate ís changing,
cause winter is nice, but spring in Dalmatia is gréat.

December 24, 2014

It's Christmas again, the 2014th and counting.

(Please click to enlarge).

Yes folks, it's the 2014th Christmas.

And however not a church going person myself, 
for so many people round the world it's a magic moment.

A good moment to reflect, and to count your blessings.
Also a fine moment to join around the table,
as that's where family members and friends meet.

A nice smelling Christmas tree, some presents perhaps,
a couple of carols, and a special dinner.
It might even snow, but please not to much this time :-)

A new year already knocking on the door,
the longest night already passed,
and before you know it,  it's springtime again.

All of it seems to come and go, just like that.
Don't take it all for granted, these áre precious moments.

Wish you a white, warm, peaceful Christmas.

December 19, 2014

so my wife asked for a húge tree

Ok honey, now where to put it ?

Just a couple of days, but better now than to late;

Merry Christmas everybody.

December 15, 2014

ok, I lost................(and I am an idiot now too).

 A lot of work, tired as hell, prepare and have dinner (yes I cook too),
and than lay back watching tv.
Forget it !

As we smoke, but don't smoke in the living room, I get myself a cup of coffee and a smoke, and sit where I can sit,
drink, write ánd smoke at the same time.

What's that with writing people, who either smoke or drink.
Góód question, but sorry, no answer this time.
(Don't worry, I am a modest drinker.)

Anyway, here I am, and if searching well,
you might find me on Facebook now.
It took me a lot of time before I shared that "basic need", but I did.
So ok, I lost, and now I am one of the billions of idiots on FB.
See below for some statistics.

The good thing of FB is that we offer nearly 7.000 people a job.
(And bring in a lot of money).

Do I become friends with everybody, the blunt answer is NO !
But as I don't allow comments on my blog, and only some of you discovered my email address (in the header of my blog, you silly goats), you can now (try to) connect to me through FB.

During winter the chance of communicating with me is (slightly) bigger,
as soon as spring starts, I have other obligations, hobbies, jobs, so by than I ignore anything that spoils the fun of living here.
(Including sharing with you some details about the hidden secrets of Dalmatia.)

By than I might even erase my entire FB-appearance.
In the meantime, I'll (try to) avoid watching TV.
And than FB is a reasonable alternative.
But ónly thán.

December 11, 2014

so you think you've seen it all............

So you think you've seen it all,
than think again, till you've seen Modris.

If looking for noise, sorry, we haven't.
And if looking for skyscrapers or jammed highways, sorry again.
Even when looking for gold, oil, diamonds, big money, sorry, so sorry.

....if looking for clean air, silence, good people, pure nature, quality food, and a most beautiful, or better, a fántástic view, 
well.......thán come to Modris !

But..., but how far is it than ?
Góód question, it isn't far at áll.

Leave Zagreb, head for Split, continue to Omis, turn left over the bridge, follow the Cetina towards Kucice, but....turn right the very first road, up the mountain and continue till......
.....till you see a blue sign with Modris on it.

Turn right and again you continue, it's not that far anymore.
It's not a highway, so slow down a bit to let other cars pass.

And there you are, so stop, get out, turn around and look.
I said lóók, because than you see what makes Modris unique.

An open view, from left to right.
From Omiska Dinara on the left to Mosor Mountains far right.

Now you understand.
Now you knów why people living here néver ever leave.
And why those who left during the industrial revolution are returning.

Don't worry, we've got water, electricity, internet, and móst of all, we've got life, real life, traditional but modern life.
People here produce their own olive oil, wine, meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables and potatoes, and if anything else is needed, well.....
...it's five (!!!!) minutes down again, to the impressive Cetina Canyon, 
another five to the Adriatic Sea and shops in Omis, 
and half an hour to Split.

So come and experience Modris, so at last you can say:
"I've seen it all".

Listen to: Hotel California

Last thing I remember
I was running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
"Relax", said the night man
"We are programmed to receive.
You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave".

So, coming from Holland, having been to many countries, 
including the USA, I can and dó say I've seen it all, 
but Modris beats them all, by fár.
And I will néver leave :-)