What makes me feel alive:
Meeting people from different cultures.
Traveling (particularly to far, exotic destinations).
My favorite quotes:
“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” (William Faulkner)
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one” (John Lennon)
“Una vida bien vivida – a life well lived” (San Miguel slogan)
Random silly item from my bucket list:
Winter sea swimming: keep on swimming regularly all year long, in spite of coldness.
The most adrenaline rushing thing I've ever done:
Running vertically on the facade, from the roof of a scary tall building (at the inauguration of Hypo bank business center in Zagreb).
Book that had the most impact on my life:
- Fiction: Jonathan Livingstone Seagull (Richard Bach)
- Non-fiction: The 4-Hour Workweek (Timothy Ferriss)
My favourite movie:
- Hollywood production: Matrix (1999)
- Non-Hollywood production: Central Station (Central do Brasil, 1998)
A movie that I recently saw which pleasantly surprised me:
The most interesting article I read recently:
There is one blog that I follow called Zablogreb, but I can’t pick a single post because most of them are great. Cody is an American professor (with PhD in political science) who married a Croatian and then moved to Croatia. His creative and funny insight shows socio-cultural differences between Americans and Croatians (which are mostly applicable to other Europeans as well). He recently adapted this blog into a (bilingual) book, currently among top 10 bestsellers in Croatia.
Knowledge/experience that I can share:
- Professional topics: telecommunication, computer science, project management, process management (e.g. SOX certification), business planning/analysis, marketing, photography, design, tourism, portuguese language
- Leisure topics: Independent traveling, exotic destinations, Brazilian culture, music, raising children, breaking free from a corporation “golden cage”, lifestyle change (e.g. moving from city to a small village or a small island)
My life in short:
I was born in 1975 in Sibenik, a small Croatian coastal town. I finished Natural Sciencies Grammar School in 1993 and moved to Zagreb to study. There I discovered my passion for traveling and getting to know other cultures. In parallel with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, I studied Portuguese Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy (where I enrolled after my return from internship in Brazil). At that time, together with several similar enthusiasts, I co-founded Croatian branch of student organization Board of European Students of Technology (BEST) and Croatian-Brazilian Society where I am still president (meanwhile the society grew to a few hundreds members). When I graduated as an engineer, I got job in marketing department of a multinational telecom company, where I remained for 10 years. At the position of Roaming Manager I gained valuable experience in managing people, products/services, international projects, processes and strategy. I also got a chance to visit wonderful parts of the world, either on business trips, or traveling independently. Besides many European countries, I visited India, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan (2x), Zanzibar/Tanzania, Mauricius, Cape Verde, Cuba, Bolivia, Brazil (4x)...
When my children were born (in 2006, 2009 and 2012) I decided to change lifestyle and pursue my vision of a calm family life in balance with a job where I would be liable only to my customers. I left the corporation and big city, and together with my family I returned to my home region (Dalmatia). We settled in a quiet coastal village close to my hometown, and I fully devoted myself to tourism. I used experience from my travels and my professional experience gained in a well organized multinational corporation, in effort to raise tourist service level in my community, both through growth of my private accomodation business and through volunteering as vice-president of the Sibenik branch of Association of Private Accomodation Owners in Croatian Chamber of Commerce.