What do Balkan countries have in them that people want to stay there for a long time? Is it the beauty of nature, tasty dishes or the hospitality of people? In my country, Poland, this region is referred to as a Balkan cauldron, a place where you can find everything and everyone (all kinds of beauty, numerous religions, different problems). Maybe it is this diversity that makes the Balkan region so attractive.
When people asked me why I chose Croatia for my Erasmus, I replied that I was never in a Balkan country before and thus I am curious about its cultural flavours. Then I got the answer that in this place you will not get to know the typical Balkan culture because this region is more directed towards the Italian culture (Zadar Region, Dalmatia). Let us not forget that in each country, the region is not only places but also people. For this reason, during my Erasmus stay, I have also met a lot of people who are closely connected to the Balkan culture.
After finishing my Erasmus, I felt like I am still not finished with my explorations of the Balkans and I wanted to know them some more. Thus I am now in Thessaloniki.
In both countries, the main motive of living there is the word “slowly”. In Croatia, it is „
Visit the Balkans!
I think that when it comes to the Balkan countries, your feeling can be either love or hate, nothing in the between (but with time, hatred turns into love). The best way to find out is to come and check it out by yourself.
Where will my next Balkan journey be? For now, I am planning to visit Albania. After that, we will see…