High schools in Croatia

High schools in Croatia

Croatian educational system 101 In the previous two blog posts, you could learn about the general structure of Croatian educational system (with its issues and good sides), and about elementary schools specifically. At the end of the blog post about elementary...
Elementary schools in Croatia

Elementary schools in Croatia

Croatian educational system 101 In the previous blog post on Croatian education, we presented a general overview of the whole Croatian education system and presented its good and not so good sides. In today’s instalment, we will present in more detail what Croatian...
How do Croatian schools function?

How do Croatian schools function?

Croatian educational system 101 Taking a look at the Croatian educational system is useful not only for those of you who need to figure out how to educate your children (in Croatian: djeca) in Croatia. It also reveals a lot about our values, political system, and both...
Croatian Chicken Soup

Croatian Chicken Soup

Although chicken soup is admittedly universally Croatian, let me begin with a personal story. My grandmother Marija makes the best chicken soup (or actually hen soup) I have ever eaten. It’s intensely yellow, very strong, almost sour. It has always been my favourite...
How do Croatians spend their vacations?

How do Croatians spend their vacations?

For foreigners, it can sometimes be hard to keep in mind that a big majority (about 70%) of Croats do not live near the coast (in Croatian: obala). For them, the experience of strolling by the sea, eating fresh seafood, sunbathing and swimming can be as rare an...
Village culture in Croatia – kirvaj or proštenje

Village culture in Croatia – kirvaj or proštenje

In today’s glimpse into the Croatian psyche, I will intentionally steer clear of trying to present an all-encompassing set of facts. Whenever I wish to share an interesting tradition (in Croatian: tradicija) or a baffling practice, I become aware once again how...

#6 Croatian visual dictionary: palača, drevan, povijest

palača: palaceKralj je živio u prekrasnoj palači. = The king lived in a magnificent palace. drevan: ancientLjudi imaju slične običaje još od drevnih vremena. = People have had similar customs since ancient times. povijest: historyPovijest je učiteljica života. =...

#2 Croatian visual dictionary: baština, imanje, dvorište

baština: heritageMoramo očuvati stara sela, to je naša baština. = We need to preserve our old villages, they are our heritage. imanje: estateMoj djed je imao veliko seosko imanje. = My grandfather had a big country estate. dvorište: yardŽelim kuću s velikim dvorištem....