ZDRAVO (HELLO) FROM ZAGREB!

Monday, July 27, 2015


That's dirt smeared on his face and clothes, that he found next to the Zagreb Cathedral. He was instantly at home, haha! He also ran into the convent...


Most of the bouquets I saw in the flower market sell for 10 kuna, which is about $1.50 ! Cam is rejoicing that we no longer have to budget my flower obsession, and I am rejoicing that I can now buy ten times as much as I used to! Kidding...


Yesterday at the daily market in Dolac Trg (square) we bought amazing cherries, blackberries, a wooden toy for John Shea, fresh bread and after trying an incredible cheese, half a wheel of it. It's huge! There are stands of delicious homemade cheeses sold by Zagrebian women that you have to try if you're ever in Dolac, though my favorite so far is Pag Island cheese that we've been having every morning at breakfast. 


The beautiful botantical garden in the heart of the city. There are so many trees and parks in Zagreb! It's the greenest city we've ever seen. 


We're here!! We've officially moved to Zagreb!! The first time Cam and I ever heard about the Olmsted Foundation (how we're living in Croatia - you can read more about it here) the first year we were dating, we immediately were like, yes! Please, Lord! And started praying for it. That was eight years ago. And here we are! A testament to God's faithfulness.

John Shea cried and screamed pretty much the entire 11 hours from LAX to Germany and then on the last flight to Zagreb. Our poor guy was already so overtired from the week of moving and living in a hotel and then lost it on the trip over. We got to have the bassinet seating and Gracie slept the entire way like an angel. We missed our connecting flight and got into Zagreb late and couldn't see much, but even driving in, it was easy to tell this is such a beautiful city, and even for it being the largest in Croatia, it immediately felt small and a place to call home. We all woke up super early the next morning and Cam opened our balcony door from our hotel room and told me, you're gonna want to see this! We watched the sun rise over the city skyline (second to last photo above) in awe, such an amazing welcome to start our time here.

I have so much more to share and will! It's great to be blogging again after the past few crazy weeks of packing, moving, saying goodbyes and traveling. But for as crazy as it all was, everything went very smoothly and we felt oddly calm throughout it - another testament to the power of prayer! Hvala puna to everyone who was and is praying for us! We are so, so excited to finally be here.

31 comments:

  1. Yay! Welcome to Europe Marshall family!

    We had one of those travel days with Jasper a few weeks ago travelling to Canada - our 9 hour long flight felt like 29. It was awful but once you're at the destination with a little sleep under your belts, it seems long gone and well worth it.

    Good luck settling in and exploring your new city! Excited to follow along :)

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    1. Thank you, Jay!! We still aren't at the point of having any sleep under our belts since we're still in a hotel room, but hopefully soon :)

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  2. Pretty colors! Looks like a great town!

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    1. It really is! Thanks Stephanie.

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  3. Wow gorgeous pictures! What an exciting adventure!

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  4. Zagreb looks absolutely magical. I'm so glad you all have made it safely and can start getting settled. I love that you hit the farmer's market immediately! :D Can't wait to read of all your adventures in such a beautiful place. XO

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    1. Haha I know... I'm ridiculous! Thanks, Nicholle! We are so excited.

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  5. Zagreb looks amazingly beautiful, and I love how you've already settled enough to find great markets, flowers, and happy, smiling people! Looking forward to your adventures!

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  6. Love it! So excited for you guys and can't wait to see your adventure unfold! God is truly faithful!

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    1. He really is!!! Thanks, Claire!

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  7. Your photos are so beautiful, I can't wait to read about your adventures through the magic that is Zagreb! It's incredible how God answers prayers so faithfully in His time.

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    1. Yes - absolutely... He is so faithful!

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  8. Welcome back to blogging and glad you're all safe and sound! These pictures are so pretty and totally transported me to when our family first moved to Brussels for some reason. Similar-ish buildings and that feeling of excitement at being in a new place, especially somewhere as magical as Europe!!

    www.jewelswandering.com

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  9. Hooray!! I've been WAITING for this post. So glad you made it and are LOVING it!! God is so so good!! xoxo Love ya!

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  10. I recently came across your blog and wow your photographs are gorgeous! Congrats on your new addition and recent move to Croatia (swoon). I'm looking forward to following along :)

    http://www.akeanesenseofadventure.com/

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  11. Wow looks absolutely amazing!! Croatia is on my bucket list and clearly I need to make it happen. Best of luck with your transition into a new chapter in your lives :)

    ~Bev

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    1. Oh it's amazing, Bev! We're only just starting to scratch the surface of Zagreb - I can't wait to see and bring my camera through the rest of the country. Hope you're able to get out here! :)

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  12. I've been checking your blog for your first post from Zagreb! Glad you are all there safe and sound. Your photos are amazing (as always :- ) - I can't wait to watch you explore the city. I love how you have already found fresh flowers!

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    1. Thank you!! Haha... I think I'm obsessed?

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  13. STOP MAKING ME MISS CROATIA SO MUCH!!! Also, when I come back to Croatia (not if, when), I'm crashing on your couch ;) So happy the first few days are going well xo

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    1. Ha. You are welcome any time, Jordan!

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    1. It really is a stunning city, thanks Alex!

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  15. love the pic of Cam and grace in bed!! So sweet. Can you believe you LIVE THERE NOW??? Insane. Also... you ate a whole wheel of cheese?? I'm not even mad. I'm actually impressed.
    love -- lanneybear

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    1. Bark twice if you're in Milwaukee!!

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  16. love the pic of Cam and grace in bed!! So sweet. Can you believe you LIVE THERE NOW??? Insane. Also... you ate a whole wheel of cheese?? I'm not even mad. I'm actually impressed.
    love -- lanneybear

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