A park democracy

Croatians spend a lot of time in parks. Well, at least, Zagrebians do. And mostly I mean Zagrebian teenagers.

Walking home from my (very long, very late) train trip on Saturday night, I walked through several parks in which youths – yes, youths – were sitting on park benches and drinking from 2 litre bottles of beer. 

Bless them.

I guess a lot of these young people still live at home and don’t have options for house parties. So when you’re strapped for cash and have no place to go, you hang out with your buddies in the park.

The best part was they were so innocuous. They really were just hanging. They weren’t being loud or obnoxious or intimidating. They were just sitting around drinking beer.

I walked through the Croatian National Theatre as well, a beautiful golden baroque building, surrounded on each side with a small but neat garden. And here again were scores of youths, drinking and chatting on the benches. 

You can hear the opera from those benches.

The show has just finished, and well-dressed people were streaming from its doors. And neither the youths nor the theatre-goers looked out of place, mingling in those gardens.

There’s definitely a feeling here of parks belonging to everyone, and everyone using them.

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Nat Newman - portrait

Nat Newman

Nat Newman is an award-winning writer of short stories, content, podcasts, feature articles, drunk text messages and, soon, a novella.

COMING SOON

The Office of Dead Letters

SEARCH OLD BLOG POSTS

latest posts

words | travel | life | beer

Do you like:

✍ words
🌴 travel
😻 life
🍺 beer?

If you said YES to any of those things, then my newsletter is for you!

Sent just once a month, you’ll get to hear about what’s going on in the world of writing, read insider tips on interesting places to visit, and hear a lot of stories about beer.