Today is the day - off to Labin to do some much needed chores. Sightseeing in Labin will wait for another day. First order of business was to go to the bank to exchange canadian dollars into Kunas so I could spend, spend, spend here in Croatia ;0) We arrived early enough that a line up was not an issue. Once that was taken care of then off to the electronics store to deal with getting me set up with internet access for my netbook and to secure a cell phone to keep on my person while I am here. This too will ensure there is communication between Irma and myself with Laura and my dad especially when we get set to tour the quaint towns and attend festivals etc.
We spent some time in there going over options of what was best suited to my needs while here. I now have a prepaid USB stick for the internet that will cover me for about one month - providing I do not use the internet for heavy duty things like watching videos or actually using skype for some reason. The sales clerk spoke beautiful english and set up everything for me and even tested the hardware to make sure there weren't any glitches. I purchased a phone for about Cdn $20.00 and took the tourist package which came with a certain amount of money prepaid into the phone. I added about another $10.00 cdn and that will be more than enough to sustain me while in Croatia. The clerk did inform me that Labin is offering free internet access (wireless I am guessing) for the tourists. He had even heard that now Rabac is doing the same. A nice thing these towns are doing as they realize that tourists (like myself) need our internet fix - LOL. Edit: It seems as if the free internet is regulated to either a 1/2 hour or one hour - but that is not bad if only checking e-mails :-)
Then it was off to do some semi-serious grocery shopping since only staples were bought the other day ;0)
On the way back to Brdo, we stopped in at a neighbor's (Guerino) and secured a dozen freshly laid eggs. He runs a nice little business raising chickens for their eggs in addition to raising rabbits. It was now back to the house for a well deserved lunch. We all ate on the patio as the sunshine was simply too inviting. The air is so unpolluted it is ridiculous - nothing like what we have in Montreal! It was quite hot in the direct sun, however, under the canopy of the lovely hanging grape vines it was simply divine.
The rest of the afternoon was spent lazying about and just soaking in the fresh mountain air and enjoying the heat of the sun. Another neighbor stopped in to chat. He is the one who takes care of the dog that Irma and Laura own while here. Irma went to get her a little after he stopped by. Morica (pronounced Moritsa) is her name and she enjoys the freedom of running free and taking care of her temporary family by being a most wonderful watchdog. She is so friendly and loving. I have seen her be on guard and investigate any noise she doesn't think belongs in her adopted territroy.
I went to indulge myself with more ripe mulberries - yummmm. Morica indulged as well - such a sweetie. Soon it was time for some homemade minestrone soup and then chit chat after supper under the stars (ugh - a bit too cool for me so I let the siblings enjoy each others company while I tried to figure out how to download photos to this blog). And so this ends another day in paradise - my kind of paradise that is - lol.