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A Trip To Zagreb Essay

884 words - 4 pages

Zagreb is a capital of Croatia, an independent state of ex Yugoslavia, since 1991. Since that time, many things are different more-less because of the political system that aims joining Croatia to European Community, rather then staying in the community of a little Balkan ex Yugoslavian countries. Some ex Zagreb or ex Yugoslavian population are rather sarcastic while talking about Zagreb today, referring to Zagreb population as a "poor little Vienna's provincials". However, many ex Yugoslavs know perfectly well that Zagreb population has its own flair ever since early days of ex Yugoslavia, no matter of the recent Balkan civil war. As someone who considers herself as ex Yugoslavian, I do remember this Zagreb flair in 80s. For example, in 70s and 80s Zagreb Town publisher have been publishing the best comic book ever, (called Alan Ford) that was, 30 years ago with its ironic content and with rather characteristic black humor, illustrating comic tragic social and political lifestyle downfall of the time in 90s, on Balkan (without even mentioning civil war). I also remember many other things, characteristic only for Zagreb people (not necessary good or bad).PLACE TO VISITNowadays, with a population of one million, Zagreb is the capital of a newly self-confident nation of Croats (with other nationalities as the minority). Zagreb City has a good museums and a vibrant nightlife, for a quality spent few days or weeks.Many of Zagreb population visit Italy and Austria for shopping purposes, so don't get too exciting when shopping concerns (and its not that cheap). The language spoken is Croatian though most of the young people speak English or German. Entire center of the city, which is most attractive to see, is possible to be seen if you take tram/buss and take a ride for about 10 stations, because the city busses and trams are mainly all passing through the center of city: from Maximir Football Stadium and a beautiful Maximir Park to an attractive Student Town, on the other side. Accomodation in Zagreb is very expensive, but there's a resort for backpackers and students for 15 E per night www.ravnice-youth-hostel.hr It's a beautiful and clean place with really pleasant staff (ask for Kelly). When I was there, in October the weather was gorgeous, not too hot or too cold, city was full of people and the hostel had entire bus of Australians visiting. Every morning I had real Australian breakfast ready to go. Zagreb, comparing to other Eastern European cities is costly, but comparing to Slovenia and other EU countries is cheap. But in Slovenia you can get accommodation double cheap, comparing to Zagreb. Croatia in general is a highly recommendable...

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