Lively Zagreb

Trip Start Jun 20, 2012
Trip End Jul 16, 2015

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Buzz Backpackers Zagreb
Read my review - 5/5 stars

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Ah Zagreb!  The capital of Croatia is a booming and lively city.  I arrived on a Thursday night to great atmosphere, great hostel staff and great food at an acceptable price.  I strolled the city the following day, beat the heat with a big helping of ice cream for only a dollar, and cruised the shops, eateries, markets, cathedral and side streets.  The city is beautiful and has lots to do

I was lucky enough to make my stop in Zagreb during their folklore festival and took advantage.  I saw two shows for free and saw performers from various parts of Croatia, Bosnia, Russia, and some amazing dancers from Bulgaria.  Dancing to irregular meters that most westerners wouldn`t dare to, they put me in my tap shoes for me.

Walking out of the theatre-like square I was stopped by the sounds of a Balkan Brass Band playing noisily in the middle of the streets.  Amazingly, cars couldn`t pass.  They were parked waiting for the band to finish entertaining the people outside dancing and singing along.  I don`t see the drivers being happy about that, but I definitely was.  Wish we could have things like that in Vancouver.  The feeling was like when we had the Olympics.  Such wonderful atmosphere.

Everywhere I go in Europe there seems to be some outdoor place where locals commune to drink and have a good time.  All the major cities I have been to have it.  And it doesn`t matter what day of the week it is, it`s always a party.
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