Yes, should carry a warning sign. Wrecks relationships and marriages that would probably have survived.
capio - Joking aside Nick, I've pretty much been in your situation (minus the soul-mate) I still refuse to acknowledge the lovely lady I have been 'dating' for a year as my girlfriend, as commitment is scarier than a Croatian mother in law.
I told her it's like diplomatic status and I will accept it when the timing is right.
You'll miss things about Croatia (even I do) but life moves on... time makes things better... and England is unquestionably a more solid and less stressful place to be if you have bills to pay.
All the best... and welcome home!
capio, I can assure you have never been close to this emotional ride. I now believe that everyone has an equal, a soul-mate, however most people never actually know who he or she is. I never knew until 3 weeks ago who my soul-mate was.
I'm sure I'll miss many things about Croatia, however, I can't wait for a pint of London Pride, English conversations and nice piece of Aberdeen Angus beef.
I will definetly keep posting on this forum, its a part of me now and I have a football competition to win.
Riberic, a word of warning if you do not have winter tyres on your car. In Austria it is illegal to drive on non-winter tyres (or without tyre chains) if snow has fallen and the road is signed for winter tyres. Austria is particuarly zealous in enforcing this. If you have an accident, even if not your fault, you could be held partially responsible if you do not have the correct tyres. I don't know the situation in other countries. It's a good idea for anyone traveling at this time of year to check weather conditions on the route and the regulations is each country.
Thanks eucomis1, my tyres are dual-purpose - which probably means they are not particularly good for either season. I have a 4x4 (phnaaar!) so I'm hoping they'll be OK. ... unless anyone knows differently.....
A quick update since leaving Croatia. Been travelling around Belize, Mexico, Canada and the US. Married my "Soul-Mate" on August 10th 2010 in Las Vegas. Thinking about visiting Croatia in a week or so before it gets too cold.
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." Jimi Hendrix
Communist's grasp of economics and finance. STEP 1: --Crises -- if they have a fundamental source in economic imbalances, debt or financial conundrums -- They can't just be willed away. However, this leads onto... STEP 2: ---- STEP 3: --PROFIT--
If your driving back to UK without valid MOT, make sure you have a scheduled MOT test on day you arrive, as is illegal to drive on UK roads without MOT, especially TAX, although you can't get tax till you get MOT, so if you get pulled over, that booked MOT will get you off the hook (or unless your current MOT hasn’t ended yet). I did a search once and saw that there are some MOT stations in Dover that can be booked on-line.
And keep in mind all those yellow boxes... speed camera's... they are everywhere. I always feel like everyone is driving slow in UK. I wonder why?
And you forgot to mention that most MOT garages are in cahoots , to do their d**nest , so you can fail the MOT , as many times as poss - now : seriously , folks ! ( I can recite any number of cases , where the perfectly good cars were failed , tested and re-tested by semi-literate-ill-intent imbeciles only to fail & fail agan , to inconsistent explanations ; and know a few of those cars , now being driven happily on foreign plates , sic (k) .)