Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb
Published: 01/03/2016

If for some reason you have to choose only one thing to do in Zagreb, go to the Museum of Broken Relationships (click here to learn more). Cesar had read a text by the writer Vanessa Barbara (click here to read) about this museum some time ago and always wanted to know the place. Silvia at first thought it would be boring, but ended up surprised.

Sure that to visit the place as a couple is a little strange, but the stories are not just about couples, but all kinds of relationship that came to an end. In practice it works like this: anyone can contribute with an object - anything at all - that represents the end of anything and write a short story about what happened. It is not guaranteed that your contribution will go to the permanent collection because they receive a lot, but who knows. . .

It has a bit of everything: books, guitar, shoes, dresses, a paper bouquet (from Vanessa Barbara), a checkbook for a joint account bank, suicide letter - no doubt one of the most exciting things - among others. The place is very small, but certainly worth the 5 Euros that cost per person.

The city really surprised us because it is very interesting and modern, but with that classic footprint at the same time. Many bars and cafes on every street. According to the free walking tour guide the Croats are a bit lazy and like to spend the whole day sitting, drinking coffee and goofing off.

The tour lasted over two hours and Kristina, the guide, was super friendly and could answer absolutely everything we asked, very different from Ljubljana guide (click here to learn more).

One of the most interesting parts of the tour was not about the city itself, but about the war that started after the end of Yugoslavia at the beginning of the 90s. We were in a kind of viewpoint of the city, in a very high place where you can have a privileged view of the lower part and the imposing cathedral, when she began to tell a bit of her experience during the war.

Even as a child and not understanding very well what was going on, she has the memory of hearing the sirens indicating bombing and having to rush out to the shelter in basements. She gave us the impression that the war marked quite a lot her family and it was a very exciting subject for them.

The only drawback of Zagreb has been the food. There is nothing very traditional and many restaurants serving Italian food. The only good thing is the local strukli, which is nothing more than a lasagne - Silvia loved and Cesar found it bland.

Because of that we ended up doing a very unusual thing for us: eating in a foreign restaurant. We choose one od restaurant from Sri Lanka and we got along very well. The food was great and we could still kill a little homesickness of eating rice.


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