|Old castle/Old couple|
We took a walk down to Centar and decided to grab some lunch at a little sidewalk cafe. I saw a man with a plate of onion rings, and they looked good. The waitress took our order and I pointed to the man's plate. The waitress asked, "lignje"? And I said, "da". When it came I bit into a ring and it was a little rubbery. Can you guess what it was? Yes, it was squid. It was quite tasty, but I left the tentacles for E.K.
|Bullet riddled building|
|No, these are not onion rings|
We also walked in an area where we noticed many buildings still scarred from the war. It is hard to imagine that it was only 20 or so years ago. As we saw the large caliber bullet holes, we thought of the many people who feared for their lives and for the lives of their children. How awful that must have been for them.
In response to the announcement from the LDS church asking members to help world's refugees in a growing humanitarian crisis, we along with many other people throughout the world, gathered together as a branch to do our part. It is said to be the world's largest humanitarian crisis since Word War II. We completed 150 kits, which may seem small, but combined with others' efforts will help ease the burden of some.
|Hygiene kit assembly|
The elders took us with them to visit Ivaca, his wife Zdenka, and their son Krešimir. They were so kind and gracious and made sure that we had something to eat. It was a sandwich with mushrooms, red pepper sauce and a hard boiled egg. It was very good. We learned of the amazing musical talent the family has. Krešimir plays guitar, and their daughter is a trained opera singer. They showed us a video of her singing, and another with her singing a song with Ivaca, her father. He has had no training, but has a beautiful voice. We went away with warm feelings of friendship and the promise to return.
We had Zone Conference in Zagreb and our district missionaries were in charge of an hour's presentation on achieving goals. They did an amazing job, teaching by the Spirit. We were proud to be a part of their district. I did like the fact they ended with a quote by Vince Lombardi. Being from Green Bay, Wisconsin, it can only be a good thing to end on that note.
Last but not least, we can't forget Elder William's special day. We had district meeting and afterwards, celebrated his birthday with pizza, cake, balloons, and party hats (thanks to the sisters). Happy Birthday, dear Elder Williams.
|One special birthday boy!|
We went to the gas station to fill up our tank, and I noticed this extinguisher next to the tank. Interesting safety measures they've taken.
And... Christmas is coming. We can see it in the lights being put up in the city and the decorations in the stores. We even bought a tree at Metro (similar to Costco). We feel a chill in the air and we are waiting for our first snowfall. I love going out in the evening and smelling the wood fires that are heating the many buildings in the area.
|Putting up Christmas lights|