Or What a Great Excuse for a Party
This December 23rd was our 6th wedding anniversary. The modern symbol for this anniversary is iron which is strong, long-lasting and represents the strength of the marriage bond. To us however we viewed this as a way to celebrate the strength of the friendships we have formed over these past few months. This party was therefore a two fold event; 1.) It was to help us celebrate the Holidays, and 2.) We used it as a vehicle to invite everyone we knew in Croatia to thank them for their support and friendship over these past few months.
Coming up with a list of 30 people who we wished to invite we sent out invitations and we had a wonderful response. We planned the party for 1:00pm on a Saturday and 25 people said they would attend. We found a restaurant to hold the event and hoped for the best.
We had good friends who drove 3.5 hours to attend who came all the way from Zagreb (thank you for driving Slavisa). Our landlady Nina come over to the house early that morning to fix my hair and even to give me my first dye job (as in…I want to wash that gray right out of my hair). We bought poinsettias to decorate the tables and they were such a hit since we gave them to some of the woman who attended the party to take home with them. We had lots of good food, homemade cookies for dessert and dancing in the streets (well inside the restaurant but it sounded better the way I wrote it).
We had also been told that Croatians would stop in for a couple of hours and not to expect the party to go on much past 6:00pm. By 9:00pm we were still sitting around, dancing, talking, and having a great time. So yes, we think this was a very successful event.
I am happy to introduce some of the people who have made our time here in Croatia so special;
As we make our plans to leave Croatia for our time in Spain we know we are leaving behind good friends. And we are not sad. You see we know we are not really leaving them behind. We will be taking our memories of our time here everywhere we go and comparing other countries and its people to Croatia.
The other countries have very big shoes to fill indeed.