From SU Madrid student Caitlin Dewey’s blog. She is currently in Zagreb, Croatia on break.
Our (awkwardly worded) British guidebook says that people flock to Tkalčićeva Street on Saturday mornings to “put out the vibe” — a phrase that we think probably means “drink coffee and look cool.”
Sure enough, the cafes were absolutely packed when we got there around noon, and we had to walk the ENTIRE length of the street before finding a table. That’s really saying something, when you consider that there are upwards of 30 caffe/bars on the street, and each one of them is packing several dozen tables and a flotilla of wicker chairs outside.
But the cafes are almost always crowded, especially in the afternoon and the early evening. No one eats anything — that’s apparently not the point. They just sit there with their 1 p.m. beers or shots and gab in loud, excitable Croatian to their effortlessly cool, equally loud peers.
We’re not sure we aped the vibe correctly, but we did receive some very welcome attention from a Nestle representative giving out free candy bars. Greatest country on earth, amirite?
P.S. If you’d like to see a gratuitous picture of me smirking/”putting out the vibe,” it’s here.