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Archives from the original EverTheNomad

The original EverTheNomad blog was born in 2008 and lived happily until early 2014. It had a rich and exciting life, which featured fun series like guest posts from expats writing about their adopted homes (from Santiago to Gabon), an interview series called Local Voices Croatia and Global Glimpses that showcased snapshots and mini-stories from my travels. It supported several Passports with Purpose fundraisers, brought me many friends I still keep in touch with and provided a platform for writing whatever and however I pleased. It lives on in these pages. Please poke around.

Posted by anja | 16 July 2008 | Croatia, Ex-blog
Top ten things to do in Zagreb

I'm in the final throes of the guidebook project that has been keeping me glued to the computer screen for weeks but I thought I'd dash off my Top 10 Zagreb experiences. There's no particular order; these are just things I like about my hometown. 1. Have a coffee and mingle with Zagreb literati at...

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Posted by anja | 09 July 2008 | Croatia, Ex-blog
Croatia: Tales of stone

There was once a tiny little stone town in Croatia. For many years its medieval townhouses and palaces lay half-abandoned, the ghosts roaming around the narrow cobbled streets telling tales of Venetian times. There was chatter of a few aging souls catching up on its plazas...and otherwise nothing much happened. Then artists started trickling in,...

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Posted by anja | 30 June 2008 | Croatia, Ex-blog
Croatia’s cool happenings

I've been glued to my computer screen working on a guidebook and will remain glued for another few weeks, missing Croatia's coolest summer happenings. But since I myself am missing them, not all of you have to. If you happen to be nearby, check out one or two or all of these annual events. Can't...

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Posted by anja | 24 June 2008 | Ex-blog, Lisbon
Lisbon’s offbeat culture

If in Lisbon and tired of packed bars of Bairro Alto or Bica, here are a few more offbeat cultural options. Bacalhoeiro (Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 125, first & second floor; 21.886.4891) is a cultural collective that organizes courses and workshops (from tango to oriental dance), lectures, fund-raising dinners, and photo shows. On any given weekend...

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Posted by anja | 19 June 2008 | Ex-blog, Lisbon
Street tango in Lisbon

Last Sunday evening at an open-air milonga in Lisbon, two impromptu solo performances made the event even more entertaining. Video shot by Hoji Fortuna.

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Posted by anja | 13 June 2008 | Ex-blog, Lisbon
St Anthony Feast in Lisbon

On June 12 every year, Lisboetas take to the streets to celebrate their patron saint, St Anthony. Known to be the protector of lost items, the poor, travelers and marriage, Anthony gets his moment in the spotlight during this colorful public holiday. I joined feasting Lisboetas last night in paying homage to their favorite saint....

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Posted by anja | 05 June 2008 | Croatia, Ex-blog, travel musings
War tourism

I recently returned from a five-day trip to Slavonia, a region in eastern Croatia that was one of the epicenters of the Yugoslavian civil war in the early 1990s. The marks from the war are still clearly visible - bullet and grenade holes on the facades, skeleton head signs marking mined areas, war references in...

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Posted by anja | 27 May 2008 | Croatia, Ex-blog
Highlights of Kvarner & Istria

So, here I am back in Zagreb, after a few weeks of heavy traveling through Kvarner and Istria. My discoveries have been wide and varied. I saw shepherds living in half-abandoned villages at over 900 metres above sea level in Učka Nature Park, making sheep cheese - at under an hour away from one of...

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Posted by anja | 20 May 2008 | Croatia, Ex-blog
Croatia’s communist chic

If you want an ultimate communist chic experience in Croatia, nothing beats a stay at Brijuni National Park off the coast of Istria. This small archipelago is known as the former playground of Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito, who used to spend many months per year here between 1947 and 1979. The island has a...

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Posted by anja | 16 May 2008 | Croatia, Ex-blog, travel musings
Croatia: to tell or not to tell

I am writing this from a small seaside town of Punat on Krk, Croatia’s largest island. I have been quiet due to a manic work/travel schedule; and it looks like I will remain pretty quiet until my whirlwind Croatia tour is over in a few weeks. On my journey, I have been discovering spectacular regions...

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