A Swapmeet and Tito's Birthplace

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Long trail to the Hrelic swap meet, joining a procession of bargain hunters across fallow fields at the edge of town.
Saturday morning I did what I do most Saturday mornings in San Diego, went to the swap meet! ...only this time with Zvonka and 7800 miles from home. This might be the biggest swap meet I've ever seen - a giant cleared area out past the edge of the city, so popular that the closest we could park was maybe a quarter mile away. From Zagreb, you cross a well worn path through fallow fields, push through a hedge, and there it is, between the steam generation plant and city landfill... Hrelic!! There are of course the endless blankets with pretty much every good ever produced for sale, slightly used... but also a giant used car area, food stands and bars. It's like a little city. The most common items seemed to be chainsaws, faucets, and typewriters.
Mega swapmeet in eastern Zagreb on a Sunday morning
In that order.

After picking up some essentials like a cow-print skirt for Z and a Tito's Pioneers hat for myself, along with some children's books to help me with my Croatian and a couple used souveniers for a fraction of the price in the stores... we headed north towards the Slovenian border area and Kumrovec, birthplace of Tito.

I've always been interested in Marshall Tito, the man who put together, or more ...kept together Yugoslavia.  In the afternoon we headed about two hours north to the little village where he was born. The house is a museum now, honoring Tito, and surrounding village , with all the usual bad dioramas and maniquines depicting daily life, but it's actually a pretty interesting place. Reading the guestbook at the museum, you get an idea of the emotions about this leader in Croatia...  They range from scathing, "It would be better if he had died before birth" to tender memorials from people who long for the Tito days again.  
Eric says:
Hi David -- glad to see you are doing well. Are you heading to Slovenia next? I really liked Ljubljana and Lake Bled, although I'm sure it's quite a bit colder now than when I went!
Posted on: Mar 03, 2009
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