Adventure in Fluency’s Calendars for 2018: Croatia, Greece, Thailand and new for 2018, The Caribbean

New for 2018 – Adventures in Fluency’s Caribbean Calendar

Just in time for 2018, we have added five calendars that are now available for purchase.  Just visit our Adventures in Fluency store to buy yours today.  These calendars feature beautiful photographs from our trips to Croatia, Greece, Thailand and the Caribbean.  Claudia Rodriguez, my daughter, and Frank Sandoval, my husband, are the talented photographers.  Where will your adventure in fluency be in 2018?  Let these calendars inspire you and my blog be your guide.

Life is an adventure, not a destination.

What Learning Vietnamese Can Teach You about San Francisco

My trip to Vietnam in December of 2017 is now booked, kicking into high gear my motivation to learn Vietnamese.  With just three short months left to learn this completely new language, I find the task to be a bit daunting.  Unlike Spanish or French or Greek, Vietnamese is completely unconnected to anything I know.   I dive in and try several different language programs and on-line applications.   However, I think my favorite part about learning a new language is what it teaches me about how it connects to San Francisco.  Learning Vietnamese has given me an opportunity to learn and connect more with the vibrant Vietnamese community living in my beautiful city by the Bay.

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Books, Ballet and Bajaderas in Zagreb

The interior of the theater glows golden like a giant bee hive as each honey comb fills up with patrons buzzing with excitement.  We are seated in plush red velvet chairs in our little partitioned box, just one honeycomb in the three rows of box seats that encircle and rise above the orchestra seating of the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb.  Known as HNK (Hrvatsko Narodno Kazalište), the interior of the theater is lavishly decorated in red and gold.  A golden chandelier dangles from the center like a delicate jewel on a queen’s necklace.  Claudia and I move our chairs to the edge to take in the old world beauty of the decor.

The theater was designed by Viennese architects Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer, the same architects that built the opera house in Vienna.   The theater first opened in Zagreb on  October 14, 1895.  Today, on the Fourth of July, Claudia and I wait to watch Petar Pan, a ballet by Giorgio Madia, that will be performed by the Ballet of the Croatian National Theater.   The ballet premiered at HNK just five days earlier.

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