I figured Id give a little update regarding something other than traveling :)
Our time at the hospital has been well spent! We have spent a lot of time in the ER with Dr. Likic as our interpreter and teacher and have learned a great deal, especially about the way Croatian healthcare is organized and how their hospital is run. Their ER is VERY different from ours. Basically HIPAA does not exist: First they see a patient in a room, do the initial workup then they walk/wheel/roll into the room across the hall which is the "observation" room. All the patients seen by a physician go in the same observation room, with 4-5 people in a room sometimes! And these arent big rooms, probably about the size of an ER room a the U. While in this observation room consultants might come down, more questions may be asked or they may just sit and wait around.
Their ICU was quite nice and very spacious, though it was more like a NICU in that it was just one large room (except for isolation rooms for people with MRSA, etc.) with beds in a row, no curtain or anything in between.
Last week Dr. Likic took us on a tour of Zagreb and introduced us to some Croatian delights--Burek--a savory cheese filled pastry, and cremshnita (spelled phonetically, not how its actually spelled)--a light cake of sweet cheese and cream. It was nice to see the city with a local as he could tell us about the history and meaning of different things. It is also interesting to talk to him about growing up in a communist country, quite a different experience than the 1980s in america it seems!
Yesterday after work Dr. Likic took us to the largest park in Zagreb where there is a full zoo. They had lots of impressive animals and the park was beautiful with lots of trails and lakes and greenery.
Regarding Passover--supposedly there are only 1500 Jews in the entire country (of about 3 million!) so I didnt get to partake in any seder. The closest Chabad is a 30 minute drive away (I dont have a car) and I didnt even think about that until one of my friends mentioned it today--oh well! I will be in Prague this weekend, however, so hopefully I will be able to find a chabad there and at least have some matzah and charoset!