Cablegate in the Balkans – And the winner is:

Croatia, apparently. [NOTE: New link to cablegate site is http://213.251.145.96/cablegate.html ] Of the 251,287 secret US Embassy cables which Wikileaks began making public yesterday, 2,053 relate to Croatia, according to the ‘Cables by Country‘ graphic on Wikileaks Cablegate website. Bosnia & Hercegovina is next at 1,419, followed by Serbia & …

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No more free wifi at Zagreb Airport.

Just thought someone, somewhere, might find that tidbit useful.

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Susak Notebook

Dolphins as PR/tourism icon are everywhere in Mali Lošinj. So it made my day to see a school of 10 or so during a relatively brief boat ride to Susak, a small island about 10 nautical miles southwest of Mali Lošinj. Only about 200 people live on the island year …

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May pic(k)s

This is the Pula Arena (or amphitheatre, or coliseum), in the Istrian city of Pula, Croatia. Built in the 1st C. AD, it’s the sixth largest of 200 surviving Roman arenas. The last time I visited here was 32 years ago. Well maintained these days, at its peak it was …

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35 second Hotel Apoksiomen (Mali Lošinj) Advisor

Hotel Apoksiomen Riva Lošinjsih Kapetana I 51550 Mali Lošinj, Croatia Visited 5-9 May 09 Very nicely done. Casual semi-statelyiness. Friendly, pleasant staff, night and day. It’s named after a 2nd or 1st C. BC bronze statue found between the islands of Lošinj and Veli Orjuli where he rested beneath the …

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Lošinj notebook

The Croatian island of Lošinj is the northernmost area of Europe where lemons grow. That tidbit tells you quite a bit about what to expect from this northern Adriatic island in the Kvarner Gulf. The island’s 33km long, but for all intents and purposes, considerably longer given its close relationship …

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Corruption in Croatia

It’s not very new, but surely, this deserves a few more views, no? Via a BBC story today on corruption and organized crime in Croatia comes this youtube vid (in Croatian) of Josip Matanović, a former VP of Croatia’s Privatization Fund (CPF), accepting a big ole envelope of cash. Can …

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‘I want to have this with ostrich!’

I’ve mentioned Wine Library TV before, an informative and entertaining wine tasting program hosted by New Jersey-based Gary Vaynerchuk. With more than 80,000 viewers a day, it’s a popular program, and he’s already been making the rounds and spreading the word through various (US) national TV appearances. Last week he …

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60 Second Motovun Advisor

When you’re bopping through Croatia’s Istria peninsula, don’t forget to look inwards. Inland that is. Smack dab in the center of Istra is the village of Motovun (population 400 and decreasing rapidly), a spectacular hilltop medieval settlement (elevation 270m /885 ft) affording sensational views of the Mirna river valley and …

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