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Overheard on the bus en route from Trieste to Croatia

Two Nicelanders are talking. Subject: Croatia.

“They’re pretty backward. They’re about 10 or 15 years behind.”

“Yeah. I hear they don’t even have a McDonald’s or a Kentucky.”

[THAT backward. Can you imagine?]



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  • Auður September 16, 2008, 9:14 pm


  • meloukhia September 16, 2008, 9:46 pm

    Would that I lived somewhere “that backward”!

  • SDC September 16, 2008, 10:03 pm

    There are places other than the US that have a Kentucky?

  • hildigunnur September 16, 2008, 11:02 pm

    Oh, the poor poor people, really missing out on the good things in life 😀

  • Bluegrass Mama September 16, 2008, 11:16 pm

    I think I’ve been dissed!

  • Dankoozy September 16, 2008, 11:18 pm

    I’d move to a country for that reason. Sick of these clonetowns like they have in england. In England there is no point in going anywhere other than the nearest town because they all have the same shop. Even the same mass-produced partygirls that fill them

  • Valerie in San Diego September 17, 2008, 12:00 am

    I was really distressed, the first time I visited Australia (~14 years back), to discover that not only were there Kentucky Fried Chicken establishments EVERYWHERE, a good number of Australians thought the franchise came from Australia! (I ask you — where is Kentucky, Australia? But anyway) And here I thought I was getting away from it all..

    I love San Diego, but a lot of it is strip-mall central. There is nothing good about this. Croatia sounds like paradise in this regard.

  • PhilippeP September 17, 2008, 8:04 am

    That’s one of the things that somewhat surprised me in Niceland, it’s that , except for a couple of them, there are not a lot of global franchised names around.
    Even if I spotted a ‘Taco Bell” somewhere between the airport and Reykjavik, it seems it was a lonely one, “Shell” is not the most seen gas station, “H&M” seems totally absent…
    And after all, this is probably a good thing !

  • sigga September 17, 2008, 10:38 am

    That’s just sad. Maccas = progress. Some Icelanders’ value systems need serious overhauls

  • Rachael September 17, 2008, 11:08 am

    I’m partial to a Maccy D’s or a KFC now and again, I confess. But if they weren’t there, I wouldn’t miss them. And I certainly wouldn’t feel “backward”! (I’d feel healthier, if anything!)

  • Vikingisson September 17, 2008, 12:15 pm

    Oh that’s just sad. I usually get embarrassed when I hear ignorance from North Amerikans abroad for the same reasons. But on an extended walkabout in South America I went to where few gringos dare tread and was happy to almost never see global branding other than colas and smokes. I did however see Dunkin Donuts (and they deliver). I’m not happy to now hear that McCrappys has now invaded the countries way south, I guess that is considered progress. Ever wonder why the ugly franchises that we consider low rent only appear in other countries when they’ve reached a certain level of prosperity?

    Sign on a road side dinner in the outback of Colombia: “Comidas Rapidas”, meaning “Fast Food”. It was exactly what it said, good home cooked food that is fast to serve. A Mac’s just wouldn’t be the same.

  • mary September 17, 2008, 4:59 pm

    Please blog about some of the good food you eat there!

  • gkb September 17, 2008, 8:01 pm

    I’m living in Romania at the moment, and while most people would say that things here are more backward than most places in Europe (expat comrade-in-arms commenting after a visit to Krakow: “Poland’s about 50 years ahead of Romania!”), the country is, unfortunately, overrun with McDonald’s and, in the bigger cities, KFC. So I think there needs to be a new standard for ‘backward’, and I’d personally agree that proliferation of miserable sub-par American fast-food chains is not an indication of a forward-thinking culture.
    (But, imagine my amazement when I went into my local health-food store–and my amazement that I HAVE a local health-food store–and found Lýsi cod liver oil. 3 blocks from the McDonald’s …)

  • maja September 18, 2008, 7:36 am

    But it wasn’t all that long ago that Iceland didn’t have Maccas or KFC!

  • Alda September 18, 2008, 11:07 am

    maja – precisely! Which makes it even more absurd. 🙂

  • aida September 26, 2008, 9:11 am

    Don*t telling shits about Croatia!There are a lot of McDonald*s – unfortunately – I just won*t us to be fat and unhealthy…………..
    So, if we are 10 or 15 years behind (who??????????) than I wish we can be 25………….

  • Alda September 29, 2008, 10:35 am

    aida – with all due respect, I think you’re missing the point.