The Battle of Samobor (Bitka kod Samobora) held place on March 1st, 1441, somewhere around Samobor. On one side there were forces of Urlich II of Celje, and on the other was Stjepan Banic, of the former Kingdom of Croatia. In a struggle for succession of the Crown of St. Stephen, Banic was allied to Vladislaus III of Varna while Ulrich II supported Ladislaus the Posthumous’s eventual right to the throne. Czech mercenary Jan Vitovec commanded Ulrich II’s forces, which were ultimately victorious, taking Banic prisoner after the battle.

If translated from Croatian, the name of this place would be A Pub Under the Linden. In the Slavic mythology, the linden was considered a sacred tree, representing friendship, loyalty and tenderness. In Croatia, linden often occupied a central place in rural communities, around churches or in the center of villages. Under its treetop, village meetings were held.

Medvedgrad above the clouds

During winter, the sky above Zagreb is typically covered with clouds. Sometimes weeks, even months pass by without any direct sunlight, like some gray matter has taken over the city. Well, technically there has, and that gray matter are clouds.

Last six years in Croatia, in the end of November, the last rally of the season takes place near Sveta Nedelja (a small town near Zagreb). This rally is special because the surface, unlike all the other rallies in Croatia, isn’t tarmac – it’s gravel. Gravel is incomparably more pleasurable to drive on, and it’s definitely more fun for the spectators. In a way, that is the reason the official name of the rally is ‘Rally Show Santa Domenica’.

Bled lake

This was actually an unplanned business trip. On Monday morning we got an e-mail saying that the whole sector is participating in a seminar in well known Bled School of Management. I knew that I probably wouldn’t have much time (we got a ton of business cases to study), but nevertheless, I brought a camera, which turned out to be a brilliant idea.

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