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The Reverse Culture Shock After Leaving Croatia

The Reverse Culture Shock After Leaving Croatia croatiaweek 3 days ago Latest

By Alexandra Schmidt
I never realized how much living in Croatia changed me until I left. I lived in Croatia for about a year in total, first studying abroad in Dubrovnik, and then coming back to stay with my Croatian boyfriend.
But it seems every time I leave, I take a bigger part of Croatia with me, which has led to a collision between American and Croatian culture. To say that I’ve experienced reverse culture shock would be an understatement.
The Midwest is “home” for me in the United States, as I have roots both in Chicago and Minnesota. Of course the brashest culture shock was the sub-zero temperatures.
It was like my body lost all immunity to brave the frigid air, despite living in one of the coldest places in the United States for 18 years. I longed for the “cold” on the Adriatic coast. Croatia’s “Jugo” wind is pretty laughable compared to the Windy City.
It was also a stra..

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10 Things We Wish Croatians Knew About Foreigners

10 Things We Wish Croatians Knew About Foreigners croatiaweek 1 day ago Latest

By Frances Vidakovic
When I lived in Croatia, I found some locals held quite inaccurate assumptions about foreigners (defined here as any person born and living outside the country).
While I am grateful it was not everyone – so many people wholeheartedly accepted my innate foreignness – there were plenty who were nonetheless quick to make judgments before accumulating all the facts.
To those people – and only those – I share this list of 10 things many outsiders wished Croatians knew about foreign visitors to their country.
MONEY DOESN’T GROW ON TREES OVER HERE
Honestly we wish it did grow on trees. If that was the case we would spend every day filling up our pockets with gold and coming over to Croatia every year without fail, to stay in our palatial seaside holiday home and share our riches with you. But alas, earning money in foreign countries is not always as easy as it seem..

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8 Places to Eat Great Ćevapčići in Zagreb

8 Places to Eat Great Ćevapčići in Zagreb croatiaweek 2 days ago Food
(photo: kitchen and grill plac) Ćevapčići – the best way to experience the Balkans. This well-known grilled dish is unavoidable while travelling around this part of Europe, but you never know what you’ll get. Simple, but not as simple as it seems. Every chef has his own secret. Here are only some of the places in Zagreb to try great ćevapi.
1. LABUS or KOD SRBINA (photo: Labus.hr) One of the spots to try the best of the best is a well-known Bistro MZ in Ravnice and Mitnica on the west side of the city, Črnomerec. Oriented on a national cuisine, this restaurant is always on the top of the lists for the best ćevapi and pljeskavice in town.
Address: Aleja Antuna Augustinčića 8
2. MS GRILL
Conveniently located near the main cinema Cinestar in town, M & S is a relatively new addition in town. They are quickly developing a reputation for their ćevapi which are succu..

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8 reasons Istria region in Croatia should be your next vacation

Istria is one of my favorite destinations in the world and here is why I recommend you to visit it:

What is Istria and where is it?
Istria (don’t confuse with Austria!) is a peninsula in Croatia located close to Italy.

During the 1 week in which I have been traveling there, I couldn’t help but wonder –
How oh how is it possible to fit enough interesting things in a 80 km. strip of coastline?
But I was wrong and I publicly apologize, my dear Istria!

Rolling hills, crystal clear Adriatic Sea, charming medieval towns, tasty delicacies, extreme activities – I felt like not even a couple of months, wouldn’t be enough to fully discover the region!

You should start planning your trip to this paradise, and here is why:
1. Fantastic scenery!
Would you like to stroll through wineries, hills, palm trees, and the seaside, all in the same place?
The perfect blend of all these, without even having to drive more than 20 minutes – that is what made me fall in love with Istria!
If olive groves sh..

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8 charming towns in Istria (Croatia) you should visit!

Here are 8 charming towns you should visit in Istria, Croatia:

Istria is a region in Croatia, a small peninsula just a couple of hours boat ride from Venice.
Don’t get scared by the amount of towns in this post about Istria – they are all tiny (including the smallest one in the world!) and are located close to each other.
In the past century, after WW1, Istria was an Italian region, but then, at the end of WW2 it was part of Yugoslavia. Now it is part of Croatia, and the local people are part Italian, part Croatian.

Istria is a charming region, in fact, one of my favorite destinations in Europe!
Here are the towns that are must visit and my recommendation for the things to do there:

Click on the button to jump directly to your town:
RovinjVrsarMotovunPorecGroznjanPulaUmagHum1. Rovinj

Did you know that Rovinj is THE most popular Croatian destination by the amount of nights?
No wonder, Rovinj is a pure seaside bliss!
Even if I usually try to escape touristic places, Rovinj is just ..

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10 Most Amazing Destinations in South Croatia

10 Most Amazing Destinations in South Croatia Last updated on March 30, 2017 in Croatia Leave a Comment
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Fox Had a Trip to Neretva Valley

The Adriatic TimesSinkeFeb 8, 2017 – 13:51 Thinking where to go and which places to visit during your stay in Croatia? Do consider making an excursion to Neretva Valley, a lovely spot close to the sea, embracing its visitors with natural sights and rich food offer. Even during colder season of the year, this part of Croatia can be a great spot for a visit, contributing to your experience of the country.
And after you spend some time on the banks of Neretva River, continue your voyage to Komarna village on the coastline. Skilful local wine makers will surely have plenty of things to put on the table, and will gladly provide a tour of their cellars.
Our image gallery below proves every point.
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Five Croatian Villas Waiting for Your Stay

News & TipsSinkeDec 15, 2016 – 18:22 Staying in a luxurious accommodation is always a nice way to experience your holidays. So far, we covered a wide range of Croatian villas, each of them being a perfect spot both for you and your company. In addition to class, many of them offer traditional vibe and feeling of old, rustic hospitality. Check out five of these fancy spots on Adriatic Sea below.

The Stone House of VrgoracHaving approximately two centuries of age, this unique residence can be found in the tiny Dalmatian village of Gornji Orah. Renovated in the way that the owner used his own hands to crave the stones, it is a gorgeous site which is partly located in the very slopes of nearby mountain. Check out the image gallery of the place here.

The Flower Square ResidenceSituated on the lovely Island of Vis, this villa can be found on the square dedicated to flowers. Renovated in accordance with island’s ancient architectural style, the accommodation resembles scenery from a fairy ..

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5 Magnificent Historical Fortresses to Visit in Croatia

5 Magnificent Historical Fortresses to Visit in Croatia croatiaweek 8 hours ago Latest

For tourists who love a bit of history, Croatia has plenty to offer in this department. With so much history connected to them, the nation’s fortresses are definitely impressive.
Here is a selection of 5 fortresses on the Dalmatian coast, built to keep enemies out, we have picked which are worth checking out.
1. Klis Fortress Klis Fortress (photo credit: Ballota under CC) Klis is a mountain located northeast of Split and separates the mountains Mosor and Kozjak. When the Ottoman wars were raging through Europe the ancient Illyrian stronghold was expanded into Klis Fortress. This two thousand years old medieval fortress served as a defense spot in Dalmatia.
It was also the seat for many Croatian kings and dukes, from the 9th century Duke Mislav, under the reign of Duke Trpimir to the first Croatian king, Tomislav. It was later ruled by the famous Šubić family. The fortress i..

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