Croatian Survival Guide
There is so much to see and do in Croatia. Šibenik is on the Dalmatian coast. While you’re not likely to find the canine variety here, you will find the human variety in spades.
Cultural Cliff Notes
- Wait staff in Croatia, particularly the Dalmatian Coast, will be slower and more casual than you’re used to. Like Hawaii times 10. Plan for meals to take longer than usual.
- 99% of hospitality staff will speak English.
- Like much of Europe, Croatian restaurants are stingy with ice.
- There is only one size of coffee in Croatia (about 2 shot glasses worth) and there are no Starbucks in Šibenik. Asking for a bigger size is an act of futility, but the coffee is excellent. Croatians will spend 2+ hours sipping the same cup o’ joe. Americans spend 2 seconds.
- There are no Pepsi products, and there is no Diet Coke. Only Coca-Cola and Coke Zero. I know, it’s heartbreaking.
- It is likely the reception will go until 4am. Americans with jet lag will find this surprisingly easy. There’s an English term that Croatians use: “Party Breaking”. The idea is that once a party is going in full swing, it’s in equilibrium. When any one person leaves before the party is over, that person is a “party breaker”, and the party usually deteriorates from there. Parties in Croatia end when the sun comes up and it applies to people from age 15-110 years old.
- Croatians love to swear. If you speak or understand the language, you will hear children and adults alike swearing. It’s just acceptable to them.