You may have already read about who we are, but did we tell you how we met?
When I tell people that I’m a Canadian living in Croatia, they always want to know how I ended up here.
The short answer is: I fell in love.
The long answer is: fate and… a big toe?
Before I even knew where it is, I had several months of people “randomly” telling me to go to Croatia. I’d see massive posters on campus, literally saying “GO TO CROATIA”. I’d have people that I hadn’t talked to in YEARS contact me, telling me I should go to Croatia.
Long story short, I listened to the signs and came here.
No idea why, no idea what I’d find. The pivotal point was a walking tour I did in Split ~ we stopped at the statue of Grgur Ninski. You can learn about his historical and cultural significance here.
The tour guide says he’s rumored to have this magical, wish-granting toe. And as he says that, the skeptic in me rolls her eyes. Nevertheless, we’ve all lined up for the standard “toe-touching picture”, and as I came up to it, I figured I might as well make a wish.
Until that time, I had been many things in my life ~ but I’d never been truly happy.
So while holding the toe, I made the decision that I was ready to be happy.
At the time, I thought me being “happy” would look something like getting a graduate degree in anthropology, spending a year in Asia, maybe teaching at a university one day.
But the next day, I met my husband. And I was pissed. At the time, I thought I’d never like to settle down in one place, let alone ever getting married or thinking of having a family one day.
Yet, since I’ve met this guy, it’s been a steady, vibrant, blooming path to being truly happy.
Ante Kamenjarin – ruining my romantic picture ideas since 2014.
So all in all, if you’re ever in Split and you touch Grgur Ninski’s toe ~ be careful what you wish for, eh?