I tried for a long time to think of an angle for my post about Croatia. Would I go with the typical fawning over the “Pearl of the Adriatic”? Or would I try to be more edgy and cynical, pointing out how Americans think they’ve discovered Croatia when really, Europeans have been vacationing here for decades? Or better yet, would I try to weave something weighty and profound about Tito and communism and the war I barely understand with the modern forces shaping this unusually-shaped country?
Ultimately, nothing I tried to write was to my liking, because I didn’t need an “angle”. I couldn’t find the right words because there were no right words, because the words just seemed ill-fitting and unnecessary. Some places can just speak for themselves.
Somehow, between scheduling this post and its publishing date, the whole text of this post mysteriously disappeared. The title, featured image, tags, etc all remained, but what I had tried to write was gone. I’ve tried to re-write it, although I have the most annoying feeling that it’s not as good as my previous draft. Maybe it’s further proof to let Croatia speak for itself.