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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Visitors who know the recent history of Croatia and the Balkans scan the hilltop views for signs of the destruction wreaked by the bombing. An unbroken wave of undulating terracotta tiles reveals nothing. Only a few overgrown ruined patches in the old city remain, and there is no sense of time associated with them. This rubble could be hundreds of years old, or decades, or months. The visitors turn to the monuments and museums for signs, but the blurred still projections cannot be connected with the bright, vibrant world outside, with its pristine white stone pavements lapped by blue waves and trod by fashionable feet. So the visitors turn to the people, looking for the tragedy in them. The people look back, inscrutable. Only the alert wariness toward outsiders who don't speak their language shows on their faces.

Soon the visitors are distracted by the food, the plentiful pivo and the pleasures of the beach. They forget to look for the evidence, locked in the people's minds, and they leave as much of an impression as his shadow on their walls.

[User Picture]From: swerve
2007-10-11 15:45 (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-10-17 17:24 (UTC)
Thank you. Also, it's good to see you around again, and seemingly much happier. :-)
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2007-10-11 17:24 (UTC)
I love this moment that you've captured so well.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-10-17 17:26 (UTC)
Thank you. This is a new experience for me, btw. I've only been able to snatch a few hours here and there to process images from this trip, which was back in July, and I'm surprised at how much I'm able to recall despite having journaled very little while I was there.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2007-10-11 19:47 (UTC)
*sits* Really well done. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-10-17 17:25 (UTC)
Awesome. Glad you enjoyed it.
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[User Picture]From: taische
2007-10-12 04:19 (UTC)
There are few people who seem to understand how to pull ghosts from shadows- much less light- and fewer yet who seem to understand the value and importance of both undertakings. Living in the moment and being awake to it are so far from the same.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-10-17 17:36 (UTC)
I have to say, I was probably hypersensitive to the moment at the time. I'd just finished reading a rather nerve-wracking history of Croatia when I arrived there, and I was with a group of people I didn't know very well. I'm finding it surprisingly easy to revive my memories of the trip simply by working on the photos when I have time.
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[User Picture]From: bellelaqueen
2007-10-20 22:43 (UTC)
Did you get to eat burek while you were there?
Cheese + pastry = mouthgasm.
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