Good News: Let’s talk about Croatia

Lately I have been thinking about Croatia for a number of reasons.

Plava Laguna Porec

Plava Laguna Porec

1)      In book club this week we discussed ‘The Tiger’s Wife’ which takes place in Croatia. Well sort of.  It’s in made-up towns in the Balkans but along the coast of what seems to be Croatia. Loved the book. The rest of the book club had mixed reviews but everyone liked the deathless man.

2)      This good news about Croatia in the EU.

Let’s Not Forget the Good News: Croatia Joins the EU.

3)      My cousin is visiting Croatia and raving about this wonderful resort on the Adriatic.

4)      I found this mouth-watering post about Croatian foodcroatian food

I’m ready to go. How about you?

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Legeslegmegengesztelhetetlenebbeknek

Fiume Harbor about 1900

Fiume Harbor about 1900

Hungarian has been described as the most difficult language to learn.  That might be an exaggeration, but, the agglutinative (little bits of words all stuck together) nature of the Magyar tongue can be daunting. For a while under the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Adriatic port city of Fiume was a free state managed by a Hungarian governor. The Hungarians required anyone wanting a position in the government to learn Hungarian. Most of those interested were Italian speakers who found the requirement impossible.

They expressed their opinion in this word scribbled on the walls: ‘Legeslegmegengesztelhetetlenebbeknek’. It means ‘To the most unreasonable ones’. And, no. I’ve tried. I can’t pronounce it.