Croatia Bound

On May 22, 1928, my grandfather, Dane Rukavina, received his passport in Karlovac, Croatia. On June 2nd, 1928 he boarded the Empress of Australia in Cherbourg, France and he arrived in Quebec City on June 8th, 1928. And so started the history of one branch of my family in Canada.

Tomorrow my father and I will take a trip in the opposite direction, flying first to London, then on to Ljubljana. We’ll take the train from there to Zagreb, and then we’ll drive south to my grandfather’s birthplace in Konjsko Brdo.

There are many reasons for the trip. It’s an opportunity for my father and I to take a trip together, something that we haven’t done for 25 years (our last trip was a bus trip around the United States in 1979). It’s an opportunity to see if we can make contact with other Rukavinas in the old country. And a chance for me to see the where part of my roots lie (I was there in 1972, but I was only 6 years old, and remember only vague impressions).

I’ll report in from the road as often as Internet and inspiration present themselves. Back in Canada on October 15th.


Lisa Howard's picture
Lisa Howard on October 4, 2004 - 09:15 Permalink

Bon voyage.

Robert Paterson's picture
Robert Paterson on October 4, 2004 - 12:13 Permalink

Have a great time

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on October 5, 2004 - 08:10 Permalink

Arrived Heathrow in one piece. Air Canada has wonderful showers and horrible Internet access in their arrivals lounge. The saving grace is the tasty cereal with yoghurt. Off by EasyJet to Slovenia in a couple of hours.

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jane doerty on March 14, 2005 - 02:11 Permalink

Funny question, but I’m wondering about the Air Canada arrivals lounge at Heathrow. I wonder if anyone out there can tell me a) whether it is possible to get a shower after 12:00 (I read an undated passenger review that suggested not, but perhaps that’s changed…) and b) whether the showers have hair dryers or whether they supply them on request. Thanks in advance to anyone who knows…