Eastertide in three former Yugoslav Countries (Early 2000s)

Three Easters from the former Yugoslavia: Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro, early 2000s Slovenia: Spring had come to Ljubljana, you can tell by the forsythia and the willow, but it was not by the weather.  A cold wind blew snow flurries around and disrupted the Sunday flea market by bringing one of the displays crashing down. Outside the churches vendors sold almost budding willow boughs and … Continue reading Eastertide in three former Yugoslav Countries (Early 2000s)

Old New Year, Macedonia and Montenegro

This is Old New Year’s Eve, January 13.  Today and tomorrow I’m posting about this strange holiday from letters I wrote between 1996 and 2011, today 1996 – 2000. 1996:  “Old New Year” sounds like an oxymoron, but in Macedonia it’s a party.  Last weekend we packed up our toothbrushes and went to Macedonia.  The celebration wasn’t the reason we went.  It was a happy … Continue reading Old New Year, Macedonia and Montenegro