Trip Start Mar 15, 2006
21Trip End Apr 01, 2006
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after being in croatia now for a few days, we were able to sum a few things up. first, the guide books and internet resources focus mostly on the resort towns and tourism-based areas - we knew that going in. we chose to visit in the off-season to get a feel for croatia and the culture there, and before it is inevitably worn-down by tourism. after all the research done over the past year, we were suprised, however, to discover that a very large majority of the businesses and attractions are completely closed until mid-april. in effect, the overall street life is nearly non-existent in these areas.
additionally, we have not felt welcome around croatia, and rarely see people smiling or have yet to meet anyone willing to make small talk. in a paradoxical twist, we invited ourselves into their culture hoping to meet them and gain understanding, and here we have found ourselves feeling a bit unwelcome. just to clarify, croatians do provide excellent services and strive for the highest standards in each service profession - it is our own expectations for more personal interaction that have been simply inaccurate and uneducated.
trogir is a great place to visit, and i am certain it can be a blast in the tourist season. but at the end of this day, we were ready to move on.