On the Fulbright road, again!: Zadar, Opatija, Zagreb

Posted by jlubans on May 23, 2011

Right after the Lithuania presentation, I headed for Croatia to do three Fulbright sponsored events.
20110524-MaineinZ.jpeg (I know this looks like a pic from coastal Maine, but it is not. Across from the red "lobster shack" is a Roman wall!)
First stop was at the University of Zadar in a beautiful ancient town on the southern coast. 20110524-pyramidZad.jpeg(Students completing the first round of the paper pyramid with observation feedback to each other.) There, at the invitation of Professor Tatjana Aparac Jeluić I gave a two hour class on teams & coaching to an undergraduate class in their library and information science program. That was on May 9.
May 11-13 found me in Opatija after a five hour bus trip along a coast-that-never-ceases-to-amaze! The only interruption in this scenic bonanza is Rijeka a ship building town with a Hungarian (long forgotten) and Italian (still current) history, and its own sights to see.
The adjacent resort community, north, is Opatija. How do you spell DELIGHTFUL? No, OPATIJA!
20110524-Shoulder.jpeg(The signature Opatija statue sits on my shoulder and a sea gull abides a while on her head!)
The conference hotel was the Hotel Adriatic and had its own pier, swimming area. Do you know that Opatija has a 12 kilometer walk along the cliffs above the beach, cutting through bistros, humble villas, not so humble villas, gardens, yacht clubs,and palatial restaurants, with water access to anyone, to everyone, anytime? Yes, 12 kilometers of shaded well paved walk ways only a few yards above the greenest, most inviting water to be seen.
20110524-casino.jpeg(One morning the dappled roof of the shuttered villa across from my hotel was luminous, if that's the word.)
There on May 12, I gave a keynote presentation based on my Klaipeda talk: "Leading from the Center or I "Borrowed the Shoes But the Holes Are Mine". One person, a veterarian and librarian, said I must have known what I was talking about since I angered the Darwinists by siding with Prof. Wilson and qouted from Lao Tzu.
Alisa Martek, Head of Library at the Croatian State Archives introduced me. The conference banquet was that night and you should NOT inquire as to how I did in the ZUMBA! dance contest.
20110524-bus.jpeg(It rained, a downpour, so changed our itinerary and the bus wound its way through the ancient streets to the Governor's palace.)
Saturday, May 13, we (50 conference attendees) toured Rijeka's Governor's Palace 20110524-palace.jpeg (Come in!)20110524-palace2.jpeg (This table leg griffin? caught my eye!)
and the newly constructed campus of the University of Rijeka, soon to be the site of large contingents of American students on their semester abroad programs. 20110524-new u of r.jpeg (This is a vast open deck space between two buildings with a view of the harbor)
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Ask me about the very tasty and highly agreeable grappa derived from mistletoe.
That night we made it to Zagreb just ahead of the rain that entire weekend. Naturally, being an Outward Bounder, what's a little rain? It only ADDS to the adventure!
Monday, I gave a talk on Internet Use (What Do Users Want? or "If the Phone Don't Ring, It's Me.") to a dozen or so staff at the Croatia State Archives.
We were back in Riga on May 17th, late afternoon.
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