Croatia: Getting Accustomed

It is Friday afternoon, May 18th.  We have now been here five days.  The jet lag has worn off and I feel great!  We have close to 30 readers now.  The three of us (Amerians) average about 5 readers a day.  We have about 8 each total.  Some have only come once and some come back daily.  They are both young and old, male and female.  It has been neat to see and hear the different perspectives of a native Croatian.  There are many similarities here and yet many differences.  Interesting all the same.  I am getting used to reading the language as well.  I have picking up a few words here and there ESPECIALLY the ones that are used in the book.  Like “glory” in Croatian is “slava”. And in Croatian, “j” makes a “yuh” sound instead of “juh” sound in English or the “huh” sound in Spanish.  I’ve caught myself speaking English in more simple terms, like with less parts of speech.  I think today I said to Billy or Mitchell something and I didn’t use any articles.  It wasn’t Tarzan-speak, but it was a step down.  It reminds me of an intro to an episode of “The Office” this season when Kevin decides he is going to start speaking….like Tarzan basically because it will save time.  It’s not until Jim is trying to ask him something and there is a double meaning issue and the miscommunication runs rampant.  It’s pretty funny! Read below:

Oscar: He’s making a statement. It’s an ironic comment on our expectations of him. A funhouse image of our model of Kevin.
Kevin: Why waste time say lot word when few word do trick?
Andy: Sometimes words you no need use, but need need for talk talk.
Kevin: Many small time make big time.
Jim: Kevin, are you saying see the world or Sea World?
Kevin: Oceans, fish, jump, China.
Kevin: When me president, they see… they see.

The world has gotten even smaller in my mind and today I spent a good while discussing all of Europe with Marijana, one of the workers here at the place we are staying.  Marijana has been very friendly to us and very helpful.  We decided today that tomorrow we will probably be renting a car (probably a VW) for only some where between 170-250 kunas which is only $40-50 US Dollars.

The easiest to way to think of the currency exchange is to divide the amount of kunas by 5.  Good thing I have had a lot of practice the last few years as a banker.  he he

I have really loved getting to know my readers and talking with them about anything and everything.  I would say at the beginning we would talk 95% about the material in the workbooks and now it is closer to 80-20%.  I suspect as the time moves along, it will be even less.  The way the program is designed is that of a two-edged sword.  You talk about God and Jesus, the gospel, as well as our own thoughts and experiences.  It really is just like sitting with someone and having a bible study.  I see no difference in the two.  There is way more opportunity to sit with a foreigner who just wants to practice English than your typical non-Christian from the states when it comes to evangelism.

This has been a growth spurt for me so far and it has only been a short while.  As I spend more time with these people, it gets easier and easier to open up to them and ask them some semi-personal questions.  To my surprise, almost always they are more than ok to share.  I think that’s true of most people.  Don’t we all want to be asked about things, even if they are personal?  Some people might feel offended to be asked a question that seems inappropriately too personal but still would feel a little bit flattered that you would want to know.  It also depends on motive though too.  We ask here, for curiosity’s sake and to build our friendship, not just to be nosy.  At least, I hope that is the impression.

What do you wish people knew about you but don’t because they’ve never thought to ask?

me..left-handed, allergic to shellfish, never broken a bone, used to skateboard, never been to DisneyWorld, but I’ve been to Okla-HOMA! Well the ladies are insane there, but I really don’t remem-BA.  Ok, if you just got totally lost, I am butchering a song from the a 70s Supergroup cassette tape we used to listen to in the car when I was a kid.  Yes, we were exposed to the classic Rock’n’Roll genre.  I’m thankful too!  There are some really great bands I think everyone should hear.  Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon was my first CD I  actually ever bought.  Kinda strange I know for a young kid in the 90s to purchase but some of my older skater friends really liked them and I liked what I had heard too.  Plus it was like $3 at a pawn shop and I was basically broke as a young teen.  Add that to my list of things you should know.

Well, it’s almost time for my next reader so I must go…

Let me leave you with some great lyrics from this album and I actually would like to hear your responses about what it is people should know about you.

Time by Pink Floyd
Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an off hand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lieing in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it’s sinking
And racing arond to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in a relative way, but your older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the english way
The time is gone the song is over, thought I’d something more to say

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