If it wasn't hard enough having a sister permanently based in Japan who I seldom see, now I've got another spending the European summer in Croatia, in what could conceivably become a regular arrangement. I bid "dovidenja" (hope that's correct) to AK, VK and baby CK yesterday morning. As well as hugs and handshakes, we exchanged pressies - a Lonely Planet phrasebook and emergency euros* for sis, "Tintin" toys for my impending b'day (a handsome model of Tintin, Snowy and Captain Haddock in his Lincoln Zephyr, plus playing cards decorated with panels from the comics). Have a fantastic three months and come back safe, mate!
*Good luck finding Croatian kunas at a currency exchange in Sydney.