Apr 04 2005

Hey, let’s go to Croatia!

by in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Central & Southern Europe, Croatia

Tomorrow, Taline, Crystal, and I head off to Dubrovnik, Croatia:

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Now, you may be thinking “Spring break in Croatia…what?”, so here’s a few photos of Dubrovnik to give you an idea of what Croatia looks like:
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dubrovnik_beach.jpg

Beautiful, yes? Not exactly the same Croatia I remember from the evening news a few years ago.
I’m not really sure what we’ll be doing there, but perhaps if we are feeling a bit adventurous we might take a short trip over the border to Bosnia (Crystal and I say “yes”, Taline says “no way”).
It should be interesting, nonetheless. I picked up the Lonely Planet guide and I must say it is the first travel book I’ve read that has a section on landmines:
“In general, the mined areas are well signposted with skull-and-crossbones symbols and yellow tape, but don’t go wandering off on your own…”
Will be sure to take that advice into consideration. Be back on the 8th.

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18 Responses to Hey, let’s go to Croatia!

  1. From Katerina:

    Ok first off, now I want to go to Croatia. Yeah, def not what I saw on the news. How was the water? Second, wonderful pictures Lindsay. Fun, no? And lastly, isn’t it amazing how good the picture looks when your FEET are in it? Must be nice. Mad props to everyone that took them for you. ;)

    Posted on April 10, 2005 at 8:40 am #
  2. From Lindsay:

    Water was actually warmer than I expected!
    Still don’t understand this foot fetish of yours, though.

    Posted on April 10, 2005 at 11:07 pm #
  3. From jakob:

    I am from Trebinje, and am very disappointed with untrue and derogatory comment regarding my town and people who live there.
    These girls are doing trip not to know about country and people but to do propaganda.
    People from Trebinje are well known in Europe as a very clean, honest and intelligent and I believe they would not brush their shoes with odd portraits of American girls, who grew up enjoying in Rodeo and cowboy movies.
    Trebinje was only town in Bosnia where all minorities were protected through recent Civil War.
    Also American wrong view of people and political planning in Bosnia caused
    damage and supported outbreak of Civil War.
    Maybe my town was not funny for those girls for the reason that they could not buy some stimulance to go high.
    Remember, Trebinje is very environmentally friendly town, maybe one of the most clean places on the planet.
    What is wrong if we don’t speak American.
    When we come to America we learn language. Are those girls too ignorant that they are not able to learn basic Serbian. It is very close to Russian. Very deep, peacefull and emotional.

    Posted on October 19, 2008 at 8:58 pm #
  4. From Lindsay:

    Jakob,
    Thank you for your most hilarious comment. It is much appreciated.
    First, you are correct that I grew up going to rodeos and watching cowboy movies (Young Guns I and II are my personal favorites).
    Second, as for our inability to speak Serbo-Croatian, we did attempt to use several phrases in our guide book, as well as our knowledge of Russian, but these attempts were, for the most part, met with blank stares. This was probably due to our atrocious accents.
    Third, you are incorrect in stating that “Trebinje was only town in Bosnia where all minorities were protected through recent Civil War”. It has been well-documented that Muslims were harassed and forced to leave the city, and a mosque was also burnt to the ground.
    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F0CEFDF133BF934A35751C0A965958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all
    http://tech.mit.edu/V113/N4/bosnia.04w.html
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/1315262.stm
    (Unless this is just Western propaganda???)
    And lastly, no, we were not looking for drugs. Just some food.

    Posted on October 20, 2008 at 10:49 pm #
  5. From Haris:

    Little that youve seen, I’m glad that you liked Bosnia. Maybe some other time youd have time to visit the continetal part of our country.
    Keep up the good spirit.
    Sretno.

    Posted on December 13, 2008 at 2:58 pm #
  6. From asheesh chaturvedi:

    i am indian and i work on ship, i want to go croatia , because i am in love with a croatian girl so i have to find her

    Posted on February 8, 2009 at 10:29 am #
  7. From Jager:

    Hi, I’m glad to read that you enjoyed your visit to the Republic of Bosnia & Hercegovina. Not too sure why you kept on abbreviating it to Bosnia though, as you didn’t go there as far as I could see. The part you visited was Hercegovina. There is a different atmosphere completely in the Bosnian part of the Federation. As for trying to communicate using Russian – I wouldn’t dare to try that in Bosnia i Hercegovina – but I guess that the locals thought you were crazy Americans, also you were in Serbian sympathetic Montenegro, who wouldn’t care too much about that. Those of us who were given Cyrillic Stamps in our passports at Pristina Airport when it was controlled by the Russians during the Kosovo conflict had to get fresh passports for safety. I speak Russian & the Albanians in Kosovo speak Russian, almost everyone over 30 in the Balkans understands Russian, but they will not respond to it. Don’t try speaking Russian in most parts of the ex-Soviet Union either if you want to stay healthy. Keep on travelling – and good luck.
    Well done for going places that even today most westerners think are too dangerous to visit.
    regards, Jager T.

    Posted on March 31, 2009 at 8:43 am #
  8. From marcos pulido:

    HI im from venezuela im 20 years old my english its not so good im enginner student i want to go croatia to meet a friend how you can help me???

    Posted on April 6, 2009 at 1:55 pm #
  9. From marcos pulido:

    please i need the visa or something like that i can work and study or fo something good im very smart please help me im learning the croatian language

    Posted on April 6, 2009 at 1:58 pm #
  10. From Anonymous:

    I’d love to go to Croatia. My husband and i are looking for an interesting place to go, and we already listen to a lot of good music from Croatia. Love the music? Love the country, I’m sure.

    Posted on April 23, 2009 at 12:54 am #
  11. From Robert:

    Will go to Dubro for a party s couple of days end of April. Any suggestions?

    Posted on January 8, 2010 at 11:11 am #
  12. From colormeblk:

    I have a question… How are Black Americans received in Croatia? please be honest with me!!

    Posted on January 21, 2010 at 11:09 pm #
  13. From visit croatia:

    Black Americans? What question is that? As a tourist or other? If you travel there for holidays and you have enough money, where is the problem?

    Posted on February 21, 2010 at 4:49 am #
  14. From shkelqesa:

    Croatia its my dream state !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I will go ,,,, but haw ????? HHH I know .

    Croatia has beautiful sea in the world

    especialy stones

    Posted on April 9, 2010 at 11:00 am #
  15. From Mark:

    Hi All
    I just got back from a cycle tour of Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina.
    I have to tell you I really liked Trebinje. The old town was clean and tidy, the people friendly, the guy in the tourist office very helpful even a police officer sauntered over to help me order a takeaway pizza slice.
    I could of stayed on the corner bar by tourist information eating pizza the whole week, but the great cycle road out into the valley was calling

    P.S. their Girls are all very tall and pretty also, so maybe you Yanks got a bit envious

    Posted on April 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm #
  16. From vanessa grdović:

    people ,
    if you like Croatia if you have some question about Croatia ,about cruising and dream holiday,please visit http://www.gardelin.hr
    beautiful Dalmatia coast will give you rich holiday,completly with islands and owns
    You will return home with knowledge about Croatia so much and alos you can tell ;
    I had wanderful and luxury cruising !

    Reg

    Posted on May 25, 2010 at 5:51 am #
  17. From Lara:

    I loved my time in Croatia, although it was short. However, I lived for about 3 months total in Sarajevo, Bosnia and I have to say that it is a secret gem of a place! Bosnian landscapes in the Dinaric Alps are GORGEOUS, the people are wonderful, and there really just is no other place on earth like it, in my opinion. Try white water rafting near Konjic!

    Posted on June 11, 2012 at 10:09 am #
  18. From Lara:

    As for black Americans, I saw VERY few while I was in the Balkans, so they stood out for sure but people seemed very nice. Some of my Bosnian girl friends were drooling over some traveling basketball players they saw at the mall :)

    Posted on June 11, 2012 at 10:16 am #

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