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IMG_5639 (Ambulance from Sweden that came to Croatia to pick up a patient.  Now that's a long distance transfer!!)
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IMG_5645 (The LP-12.  Tight setup but everything is an arms reach away.)
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IMG_5648 (One of the staff from the hotel was out looking at this vehicle with us.  He said, "looks like the car from Ghost Busters."  We all laughed.  Although the lights are all strobes and it looked cool when lit up!)
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IMG_5652 (Rick presents the St. Paul coin to the Zadar County Police Chief)
IMG_5653 (Rick thanks the leader who oversees the dispatch center.)
IMG_5654 (Al, looking at the standard issue weapon for the Zadar Police department.  Al you will have to remind me what type of weapon this was?)
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IMG_5657 (St. Paul/Zadar "Blue shirt" was a gift we gave to several of the leaders we encountered.)
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IMG_5660 (Zadar police dispatch center.)
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IMG_5663 (The Clausen like version of pre-arrival questions.)
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IMG_5667 (Much like our EMD, but in Croatia if it's not a yellow or red, they will ask you to go to your doctor, or find a more appropriate means of transport.)
IMG_5668 (Explaining the system to us.)
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IMG_5674 (A number of places on the Adriatic there were areas where there professional harvesting of muscles and other sea food items.)
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IMG_5677 (A small snack for all at the Ambulance base.  The cherries were outstanding.)
IMG_5678 (Sharing of stories, and how what life in EMS is like.)
IMG_5679 (All of us spitting out the Cherry pits.)
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IMG_5681 (EMS institute ambulance.  Here we had an opportunity to really dig through their equipment and ask questions.  They carry much of the same equipment as we do in the states.)
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IMG_5684 (Their cots are much like the 35A cots we used for a long time.  They fold out wen you pull them out.    They are different in there is no antler bracket and their securing mechanism is build differently than what we have.)
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IMG_5690 (Notice how at the end of the cot the stainless steal guard fold up and locks.  Very cool!)
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IMG_5693 (Moutains just outside of Stari Grad.)
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IMG_5698 (Vehicle staged for a training drill.)
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IMG_5702 (We were meeting with the officials before the drill, getting pictures and awaiting the start of the drill.)
IMG_5704 (Dr. Koser had difficulty staying on the viewing side of the tape.)
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IMG_5706 (Zadar County Fire Chief making sure everything is ok with the vehicle before they begin.)
IMG_5707 (Picture of the area as we await the start of the drill.)
IMG_5709 (Like all good drills you must have there is someone to evaluate the exercise!)
IMG_5710 (The EMS institute Director acts as the first vehicle on the scene.  She's carrying a fire extinguisher.)
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IMG_5712 (The Mayor of Stari Grad, and other officials.)
IMG_5713 (First Truck Arrives.)
IMG_5714 (The woman in white is the primary care giver.)
IMG_5715 (Their team was also busy taking pictures.)
IMG_5716 (Gaining access!)
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IMG_5720 (Fire department arrives.)
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IMG_5726 (Extrication begins.  I really like their helmets.  The face shield flips down from inside the helmet.  Very functional, light weight and stylish.)
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IMG_5732 (Again, you gota love the helmets!)
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IMG_5735 (Yes, we discussed the opportunity to have leather gloves available to the EMS crew.)
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IMG_5741 (I have a hard enough time keeping my white shirt clean, I don't think I could make it with white pants too.  Yes, they also drink coffee.)
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IMG_5745 (Great shot of the helmet!)
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IMG_5756 (And applause erupts from our team of a job well done!)
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IMG_5765 (Can you find the spider?  This was a squirrel moment.)
IMG_5766 (Dr. Arron thinking, I can fix this!)
IMG_5767 (The Americans move in for a close inspection following the drill.)
IMG_5768 (With wreckage like this, you have to get photos.  I think Al is flashing some sort of gang sign?  Trying to get us all to look at the camera at times was a task.)
IMG_5770 (Two fire Chiefs of kindred spirit.)
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IMG_5773 (Another squirrel moment...)
IMG_5774 (Dr. Paul)
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IMG_5777 (These gents with Tim and Matt are volunteers from Staigrade.)
IMG_5778 (Rick and Brian with the Chief Nurse from the EMS institute, she was always dressed in great style, and had shoes my girls indeed envy!)
IMG_5779 (My girls soooo want these.  Note the matching color on the nails!)
IMG_5781 (After the drill we headed to the Paklencia National Park.  Google this great world renowned park known to be a rock climbers paradise.)
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IMG_5789 (No thanks I prefer to stay on the ground.  So help me understand why you wear a helmet and no shirt?  I'm assuming that it's a rule?)
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IMG_5791 (The park rules!)
IMG_5792 (A babbling brook that followed the trail up the mountain.  Very pristine!)
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IMG_5800 (Dr. Turbo - Skeeter walked up to a stranger and said, "hey how do I climb this mountain?"  And just starts up the mountain.  When he's about six feet (two meters) off the ground he says, "now what do I do?"  I said, "get down!")
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IMG_5802 (My attempt to make Dr. Turbo-Skeeter look like he's way up the mountain side...)
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IMG_5806 (Entrance to the Mountain Rescue Team's headquarters.  They are there everyday to help the climbers.  Two days earlier there was a fatality on the mountain as one of the climbers had what was suspected to be a heart attack.  Apparently there are several deaths each year of climbers on this mountain.)
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IMG_5808 (Getting to know the mountain rescue team.  They later gave us each a red T-shirt you see them wearing.  Very cool!)
IMG_5809 (Inside the mountain and their headquarters.)
IMG_5810 (A place to relax, and it's about 60 degrees in the mountain.)
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IMG_5812 (Some of the gear they use for their rescue operations.)
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IMG_5814 (We were brought into an area where tourist don't get to go.  Apparently during the Cold War, the Russians dug these elaborate and enormous tunnel system.  It's is guessed that this was done in the 40's sometime.  This was uses in case of nuclear attack by the US.  The pictures that follow are those of just a portion of the tunnels that are hundreds of feet below rock.  It' is so impressive, and the work that must have happened to make this happen is unimaginable!  The Croatian's didn't even know this existed until they declared their independence in the early 1990's.  These were seal off, and they opened them to discover the elaborate maze of tunnels.  They will be making a portion of this into a visitor center for the National park.  You could easily house thousands of people in these tunnels.)
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IMG_5816 (A new ventilation system for the upcoming visitor center.)
IMG_5817 (A tunnel that just sneaks off to an unknown location.)
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IMG_5820 (They cut a trench to house the duct work and covered with very heavy stone.)
IMG_5821 (Many of the tunnels were covered in this yellow plastic like insulation.  There must have been a massive number of people to build this system of tunnels and then cover them.)
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IMG_5824 (Many of the tunnels led to these huge caverns.  They could store anything from food, water, house people and munitions.  It was amazing!)
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IMG_5836 (Getting everyone to look at the camera was near impossible, but this was very close!)
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IMG_5838 (I think we're all looking at the Camera!  Yeah!!!  No...  Dr. Skeeter!)
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IMG_5846 (I was impressed at how young some of the climbers were.)
IMG_5847 (The older brother is holding the beley for his younger sister in the adjacent pictures.  How many sisters would trust their brothers to be the anchor for them?  Very impressive.)
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IMG_5849 (As the dad of four daughters this was very quite impressive.)
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IMG_5856 (After the drill and going to the Paklencia National Park we returned to have lunch with the Mayor of Stari Grad.  He invited us to a rebuild old farm house on the hillside.  This place was amazing!!  It may be rented for about 230 Euro per day in the winter and about 300 during the summer.  It requires a week long commitment and sleeps 6.)
IMG_5858 (Exchanging of words and thanks prior to lunch.)
IMG_5862 (Rick presenting the Mayor the City of St. Paul Coin and thanking him on behalf of the Mayor of St. Paul and this delegate.)
IMG_5863 (We were given information about the Stari Grade area as a gift.)
IMG_5864 (The EMS institute Director now hands out certificates of participation for the drill earlier.  The participants and our delegation.)
IMG_5865 (It is not uncommon in Europe to give thanks by giving a kiss to each cheek.  This was new to us.)
IMG_5870 (Brian getting his certificate and a kiss.)
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IMG_5873 (Dr. Paul getting his certificate and a kiss.)
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IMG_5876 (Rick getting his certificate and a kiss.)
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IMG_5879 (Al getting his certificate and a kiss.  Now he's actually to the right of her, not planting one on the lips as it appears here.)
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IMG_5884 (At each meal starting at lunch there was generally a number of beverage options.  It was very common to have wine with lunch and certainly with dinner.  There was generally always a red and white wine.  Sometimes the red was a simple table wine, and often during dinner there was a special red or white offered.  It was outstanding!  There was also a finger food generally available too.  Such as what we would call doughnut holes and this was a fruit cake type treat.  It is dried in the sun, very dense and sweet.  But the real food is in the room just left of this table.)
IMG_5885 (I love their flag.  It dates back thousands of years!  Like ours they are tremendously proud of their heritage and have a very rich culture.)
IMG_5886 (Brian wanted me to take a picture of this table for his wife.  Becky, Brian said that he would get a table like this for you back yard!  It was very cool!)
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IMG_5890 (The food for lunch was amazing.  Here is a buffet style presentation.)
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IMG_5892 (The walls of this building were amazing!  The little girl sitting in the chair belonged to the family that owned the building and prepared the food for us.)
IMG_5893 (Can you believe it?)
IMG_5894 (This is a traditional cooking stove.  They would use wood and a cook inside.  I want one of these!)
IMG_5895 (She was camera shy and clung tightly to her dolly.  What a sweet little girl!)
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IMG_5897 (The nation is 90% Catholic.  I love this shot of the inlay area for items that are to be displayed.)
IMG_5898 (I love it when things hang from the ceiling!)
IMG_5900 (Dessert was watermelon.  I love this picture!)
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IMG_5903 (Zelco telling a story.)
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IMG_5906 (The town across from Star Grad on the Adriatic.)
IMG_5907 (These are the buildings next to where we ate.)
IMG_5908 (Pickers would be be envious of this bike.)
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IMG_5910 (They are working to restore some of these buildings but takes time and many Kuna!)
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IMG_5912 (Looking back at the group now that lunch has been eaten.  Al is looking across the landscape to the Adriatic.  Makes you wonder what he's pondering.  It's a great shot!  This was a great day!)
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IMG_5914 (Great Picture!)
IMG_5915 (Can you imagine cutting these stones?  Then the labor to put them in place and build these structures.  Wow!)
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IMG_5922 (Bedroom in the villa we had lunch at.)
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IMG_5927 (Very nice bathroom.  Complete with baday.)
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IMG_5934 (This shot is looking down the stairs.)
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IMG_5936 (The bread was always hardy bread, chewy and whole grain.  Note, the serving size is small compared to bread we would serve.  No processed food.)
IMG_5937 (Me and Paul.  I bought the hat at the Paklenica National Park.  It is very cool, although I'm told it screams tourist!  The red wine was fabulous!)
IMG_5938 (Here is a picture of a picture.  This is a picture of what was done to restore the structure where we had lunch.)
IMG_5940 (Brian and the owner of the Villa.)
IMG_5942 (The villa owner's family.  They were very nice and helpful.  He told us that he has 6 children.)
IMG_5944 (This was a common sight, long bridges that spanned the gorges to accommodate travel.)
IMG_5945 (I took these pictures while in the car.)
IMG_5946 (Much like home, this combine was slowing everyone down.  I shot this as we sped past; no I'm not driving.)

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