After 25 years as a family physician, Manuel Marquez, MD, transitioned into a new career as a tour director. Manuel Marquez, MD, has now led groups on tours to locations across the world, including Croatia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina.
Located in Southern Europe on the Adriatic Sea, a part of the Mediterranean Sea, Croatia is home to 4.28 million people. Most of these are of the Croat ethnicity, a group that according to historic records has populated the area since the 9th century.
The broader Croat culture includes a number of sub-cultures, including the Dalmatians, Istrians, and Slavonians. All maintain a strong identification with the Croat culture but are loyal to local variations and expressions, particularly those related to language and food.
Though significantly lower in numbers than the Croats, the Serbs comprise the second-largest ethnic group in Croatia. The percentage of Serbs in Croatia decreased dramatically after the dissolution of Yugoslavia in 1991, and the group now makes up approximately 4 percent of the country’s population.
The country is also home to those of a number of other ethnicities, including Bosniaks, Albanians, Romani, and Czechs. Each of these groups make up less than 0.8 percent of the national population.
After his professional life as a family practice physician, Manuel Marquez, M.D. has worked as a paraeducator for special-needs children in Ventura, California public schools, and as a tour director for Cuba and the national parks of the western United States. Outside his career pursuits, Manuel Marquez, M.D., is a movie buff, and his favorite actress is Meryl Streep.
Lauren Weisberger, the author of The Devil Wears Prada, and screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna, who adapted the novel to the big screen, recently shared their observations about what Meryl Streep was like when at work on the set of the film.
Weisberger recalls that Streep was laser focused on the set, reflecting something of a parallel between the actress and her role as editor Miranda Priestly. While Streep was admittedly warmer than her character, Weisberger said that her interactions with the actress were strictly professional and that Streep was all business on the set.
In her interview with Vanity Fair magazine, McKenna evoked the stark contrast between the Streep she met when the script was first being discussed and the one who showed up on the set. According to McKenna, Streep so deeply threw herself into the role of Miranda Priestly that the screenwriter actually said she found herself somewhat frightened by the extent of Streep’s metamorphosis into the icy cold character.
In addition to the rave critical reviews of her performance, Streep would go on to receive her 14th Oscar nomination for the role.