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What makes the Croats stand out from the pack? In a part of the world where languages intertwine, and much of history is shared, it is culture that separates the Croats from their Slavic brethren. Culture is everything in the Balkans. Croatian culture gets drummed into young people from an early age, an obvious hangover of centuries of occupation and having to fight for national existence.
If there is one thing that is synonymous with Croatia, it is the distinct red-and-white checkerboard de that is ubiquitous here. The beautiful game is king in Croatia and has long been a source of inspiration to ordinary people from Osijek all the way down to Dubrovnik.
Istria, kvarner, dalmatia, dubrovnik
The love and passion are shown in how vociferously the fans protest against the ruling body and the corruption that holds back this already overachieving team. Few nations have been as feisty as the Croats when it comes to demanding independence over the centuries.
Croatia was a part of the Habsburg Empire for hundreds of years, many of which were punctuated by protests and riots demanding more autonomy for the people of Zagreb and beyond. These demands continued with the establishment of Yugoslavia following World War I originally called the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenesand it was the Croats who protested the most.
Croatia was also the first republic to formally declare independence from Yugoslavia, doing so in June Do not mention the war. This is little more than common courtesy, and digging up old wounds is a surefire way to create tension and anguish in what may have been a joyful room to that point. If a Croat wants to talk about their experiences, then by all means listen, but do not barge in with opinions based on hearsay from far away.
Croatia and Serbia have separate histories, religions, influences and desires. Learning to respect this is the key to a good time in the company of Croats. The Croats are very style conscious. Call it the influence of nearby Italy or maybe even another part of a longstanding desire to be a part of the European elite, but the streets of Croatia are chock-a-block with people looking their best and fully aware of that. You can certainly travel around the country in your tatty shirt and jeans, but why not embrace a little bit of class?
As the saying goes, when in Croatia…. It is little more than the style of conversation here.
Istria for never-ending views
There is little in the way of wasted words and even less small talk. Croatians are very proud of their foodand so they should be.
The regional influences are embraced instead of being resisted, with little dabs of Croatian class added to great effect. The traditions of Central Europe and the Mediterranean are very much alive in the kitchens of Croatia.
Red-and-white checkered everything
This is true even of the coast — your average person from Rijeka is going to be different than your everyday Dubrovnik gentleman. Take a little bit of time to explore the regional cultures, and you might just find yourself stuck for life. Family is everything in Croatia. An extremely high value is placed on family relations, and they can often act as the social centre of life in the country.
Children often live with their parents until they are themselves married, something that many Western visitors might find a little confusing. Blood is most definitely thicker than water in Croatia, whether they like it or not. Despite the confidence and the conviction, Croatia is a nation that often experiences an identity crisis of sorts. For centuries, Croatia has gone out of its way to show that it belongs among the civilised countries of Europe while simultaneously wanting to retain some of the Balkan madness that keeps people coming back to this part of the world for more.
The simple fact is that Croatia is stuck between the two, in a geographical, ideological, spiritual and cultural sense. Embrace it.
9. plitvice lakes national park for nature
Red-and-white checkered everything. Soccer is life. Independence is everything. Croats and Serbs are different, very different.
Soccer is life
Dress to impress. Confidence, not arrogance. Eat, eat, eat. Regional diversity across the board. Family comes first.