We are currently planning our summer vacation now and we are struggling on how we should get a car. We want to buy a car in Croatia. However we need to have residency before we can register for a car there, and that can take up to 2 months to process. This might be some of the red tape still existing from the communist era. So we might have to rent a car for a month, which is very expensive, and we would love to use that money to go towards our new car that we would eventually purchase anyways. We are looking into other options such as finding someone that is leaving the country at the same time we are coming into the country. We are also looking into neighboring countries to buy our car where we don’t need a residency. Then once we have residency in Croatia, we could then register it.
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We are going to mix camping, guest housing, and hoteling to save on cost. However getting a guesthouse to stay at is pretty inexpensive and can really add to the experience, because you can really get to know your landlords. When we were in Trogir at a guest house, the landlords were a married couple. The woman was an elementary teacher and the husband was a computer programmer for the Croatian Military. We asked about the state of education and the war. They asked about the American culture, and politics. He handed me a book “My Life” by Bill Clinton in Croatian. I thought was pretty funny at the time. However in this last year I read “Back to Work” by Bill Clinton and really enjoyed it. It has solid points and perspective on where we should go as a country in our current economy. Anyways the landlord told us how influential Bill Clinton was on the Croatian’s War of Independence. He said “There are 3 countries in the world you don’t mess with: Israel, Russia and the USA. During the war the USA took out the enemies major communication networks with large air strikes. Then within three days the enemy retreated and left the area of Croatia.” So as result of our conversation we got to learn a little bit about the history and perspective of someone that was there during the war.