Spancirfest in Varazdin

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Evening flight from Vienna to Zagreb on a Bombardier
Got into Zagreb at 930 at night after 32 hours of travel, ready to head 2 hours north by car to Varazdin, in time to get there by midnight.

Things weren't smooth, but were working - The plan was to call Zvonka from the airport and she'd pick me up there in the Orangemobile, the 1974 Renault 5 that takes us on our adventures each summer. Well, I remembered to bring coins this time since it's hard to get change for the pay phones, but... they had carefully removed all the pay phones. Just bare wires remained sticking out of the walls, just to taunt me. No problem, there are the ever present bright pink T-com phone. But they only work with a phone card. Lady at the info desk, in her best former communist not looking up to answer response said "you can get the cards from the gift shop" pointing to the dark, closed gift shop.
Croatian Airlines famous sandwich - 1mm of cheese, strip of bell pepper peel, lettuce scrap :)
Oh well, I waited an hour for the bus and rode to her house : )

Finally we were off, into the rainy night, until we got to the last, steepest mountains on the way, and then it quit. If you're read my old blogs, you know it always quits on the steepest, blindest curve, always at night, always in the rain : ) Fortunately, we were able to limp it over the last peak, the basically coast it the last few miles into town. At one point we rolled to a stop, dead in a traffic circle, just in time for the police to stop us.... Zvonka gave them her best dumb blonde act and they left, laughing that we'd stopped to look at a map in the middle of the road. It eventually started again and I finally rolled into bed, after nearly 2 days of continuous travel, swearing, like every year, to spend a more bucks next time for a direct flight.
Zvonka says to call from the airport when I get there... This "Telephone doesn't work" sign I think is indicating that all of the telephones in the airport have been removed, just a few bare wires left hanging : )
.. but knowing that I won't.

Sunday we went to Spancirfest - a huge 10-day music and art festival with multiple stages and artists and street performers from around Europe.  You don't really go to it, it's the whole town.  Up to 150,000 people decend on this village of 50,000 for the festival. There's actually a lot of good art there, and stages set up all around town and at the castle with free concerts by everything from eclectic foriegn groups who come from all over Europe, to top Balkan bands who get the huge draws. It's something worth going to if you're ever in the area.

At mid day, Zvonka's dad drove up to have a look at the car. Water in the tank. I helped him flush the fuel system and drain the tank, transferring the gas to various pots and pans, and decanting the water out of it, the returning to the tank through half a Coke bottle.
Walking the dog with Zvonka and her sister Sunday morning.
Should be good as new now!

Zvonka had to leave for work at dawn Monday morning so we had to drive back to Zagreb. We of course waited until late at night, playing until the last possible moment... Right when we were finally ready to get underway, the dog started barking at something under the woodpile... A jez, or hedgehog! I've been trying to see one of these for years! We of course had to play with it for an hour, then finally got going. With the car quitting part way back again......... but we finally made it, Zvonka being really tired at work I'm guessing.
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Evening flight from Vienna to Zagr…
Evening flight from Vienna to Zag…
Croatian Airlines famous sandwich …
Croatian Airlines famous sandwich…
Zvonka says to call from the airpo…
Zvonka says to call from the airp…
Walking the dog with Zvonka and he…
Walking the dog with Zvonka and h…
Cat stack
Cat stack
Breakfast of barley and eggs, brea…
Breakfast of barley and eggs, bre…
Orangemobile barely made it up las…
Orangemobile barely made it up la…
Well in the yard for watering the …
Well in the yard for watering the…
Punk bagpipes
Punk bagpipes
Spancirfest!
Spancirfest!
Varazdin town hall
Varazdin town hall
New stars this year at Spancirfes…
"New stars this year at Spancirfe…
Lisak sisters under Lisak tower, p…
Lisak sisters under Lisak tower, …
This guy was rolling himself in pa…
This guy was rolling himself in p…
Hot, open skies over Varazdin
Hot, open skies over Varazdin
Buying something for my mom
Buying something for my mom
Croatian pressed flower art
Croatian pressed flower art
Pumpkin oil, a Varazdin specialty
Pumpkin oil, a Varazdin specialty
Puppet show
Puppet show
Adjusting the beer supply
Adjusting the beer supply
Sweet potato leaf sandwich from th…
Sweet potato leaf sandwich from t…
Comparing tans near the end of sum…
Comparing tans near the end of su…
Decanting the good gas from the we…
Decanting the good gas from the w…
Putting it back in the tank...
Putting it back in the tank...
A trip to the cemetery to visit th…
A trip to the cemetery to visit t…
Getting ready to go out on the town
Getting ready to go out on the town
Spancirfest at night
Spancirfest at night
Gypsy fusion band
Gypsy fusion band
Croatian friends
Croatian friends
More concerts
More concerts
Vrata - Croatian metal band draws …
Vrata - Croatian metal band draws…
Stages set up around the city
Stages set up around the city
Saying good night
Saying good night
Look whos hiding under the woodpi…
Look who's hiding under the woodp…
???
???
Prickly hedgehog
Prickly hedgehog
Little paws and a face appear once…
Little paws and a face appear onc…
Dirt on his nose from rooting in t…
Dirt on his nose from rooting in …
Zvonka likes...
Zvonka likes...
Wish he could come back with me
Wish he could come back with me
Varazdin
photo by: morandini