As experienced hosts to a great number of people who have visited their region so far, people in Dalmatia are welcoming and friendly towards the visitors. They will show you the way without blinking an eye, help you out no matter what, patiently answer the same questions for the 100th time. However, when your curiosity takes you into a variety of topic avenues, know that some presuppositions won’t be appreciated. At all. So, here are a few basic guidelines for striking up conversation with the locals.
Travelling to Zadar? Excellent choice of destination. Decided to look for accommodation in the centre? Smart thinking (particularly if you add Boutique Hostel Forum to the story)! Wondering about what to expect when staying in a hostel dorm? Don't give it too much thought, let yourself be surprised and here are a few fun experiences you might end up having:
Pick a destination. (Zadar is a great one). Choose the sights you want to see (Can’t go wrong with the historical peninsula). Check the events calendar for festivals of tradition, concerts, sports events. Browse your accommodation options. Or don’t, and simply choose Boutique Hostel Forum, because there’s a lot we’ll do to make your stay magnificent. And we won’t ask for much in return.
Vegan, vegetarian, fruitarian, macrobiotic … People whose focus lies on particular food groups and who eliminate completely specific ingredients from their diet, might find it challenging to find a restaurant in Dalmatia that serves such meals exclusively. Still, Dalmatian cuisine includes both meat and fish with loads of vegetables and is known as one of the healthiest in the world. The promise of a variety of vegetable dishes sounds good for vegetarians, but truth be told flexitarians can have a real feast in Dalmatia.
Sitting in the shade, sipping a refreshing drink, genuinely relaxed and without a care in the world….Is this the kind of holiday you envisage? Then Zadar region has plenty of options for you to choose from. Equally so if you wish to fill your vacation with excitement and adventure, if you truly want to live it up in northern Dalmatia. So, take a pick from the following suggestions, some of which might take a few moments, others an entire day, but why not just let your amazing holiday happen.
What is coffee? A dark beverage of intense scent universally consumed and liked to a greater or lesser extent all over the globe. Some drink it with warm or cold milk, or with cream, some like it sweet while others bitter. For some, it represents ‘good morning’, while others add ‘good afternoon and evening’ to it. A seemingly endless variety of options changes from one country to another. While Croatians may not lead the group of nations with most frequent coffee consumption, they still have a special relationship with it. In Dalmatia just as elsewhere in Croatia, it represents the ultimate excuse, a pretext for doing nothing and everything.
Statistically speaking you’ll never have an accident in Croatia. Simply because they happen to other people, or do they? And even if they do, wouldn’t you want to be of help in case you stumble upon one. You cannot leave behind a person in need and turn a deaf ear just because you can say ‘I’m not from here’. Also, technology is great and it gives you the right info quickly, but karma can be a b**** and before you know it, your internet connection is lost. So, before heading on a holiday to Zadar, do your homework - don't just study the map, note down a few of those precious numbers:
A starry night, with bright stars decorating the lovely summer sky. A light breeze that takes away the summer heat. The soothing sound of waves reaching the shore. It’s the best possible setting for your summer night movie - will it turn out to be action packed, a romance, comedy, drama or fantasy, who knows? With the right cast, music and screenplay, only sky is the limit! As long as you don’t end up filming a mystery with severe don't-know-where-I’ve-been-nor-what-I’ve-done hangover the next morning, you’ll be OK.
Salt and pepper. Knife and fork. Bread and butter. Fish and chips. Ham and eggs. Milk and cookies. There are quite a few things that often come together and make the world sweet (or sour, if you prefer it so). Taste and Travel is another great pair and it refers to (1) the ability to include all your senses when exploring new countries and to (2) an event to be discovered and greatly enjoyed by all visitors to Zadar. Here’s what it’s all about.