Monday, March 19, 2007

Osijek, Hrvatska (Croatia)

Last night we got back from Osijek (Oh-see-ack), Croatia where we spent the weekend with Edna's grandmother who lives there. It was only about a two hour drive so we were able to spend a lot of time with her learning Croatian. Croatian is very close to Russian and Ukrainian, so with the help of her wonderful neighbor Zlatko who spoke perfect English, we were able to communicate. Joshua had never seen his great grandmother before and Dominic had only seen her once when he was three years old. It was such a blessing to spend time with her. We thought that we would never see her again, never dreaming we would one day be living so close to her.

Edna even got to meet two of her cousins that she had never met before. Zlatko, his wife, and daughter were an amazing help to all of us and were so good to us. They were always so willing to go out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and had a chance to see the beautiful city of Osijek. They were an incredible blessing to all of us. They even took us to church on Sunday and had us sit next to someone who interpreted the entire service for us. The kids had a great time in Sunday school and discovered that a lot of Croatian children speak English (Engliski).

Joshua and a boy named Phillip that he met on the playground who spoke English.

Grandma or Baka as we called her, was always making us something in the kitchen. She was constantly worried that we weren't getting enough to eat.

Dominic in front of the towering brick cathedral downtown.

Osijek just after sunset from the foot bridge on the Drava River.

The foot bridge over the Drava.

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