Zagreb (Croatia) and the Museum of Broken Relationships
Our hitch-hike from Ptuj in Slovenia to Zagreb in Croatia proved to be as successful as the accommodation we found in Ptuj. Aljaž’s (our host’s) brother gave us quite a long lift to the Slovenian-Croatian border, which we crossed without any issues or queuing, given Croatia’s recent accession to the European Union.
The guy who took us to Zagreb was a very nice Serbian truck driver on his was to Belgrade. We got into his spacious lorry cabin, decorated with soft toys and g-strings, and as we were crossing the Croatian checkpoints, one of the customs officer, having briefly scrutinised us with his suspicious eyes, asked our driver in Serbo-Croat:
‘Do you know them?’
‘Yes, I do’, replied our driver and laughed out loud.
‘ They are hitch-hikers, aren’t they?’, the officer wasn’t going to give up that easily.
‘ Yes they are. But officer, they’ve been waiting for a long time and I’m going in the same direction, so why the hell not?´, said our driver and winked at me.
‘OK, go’, said the other and we drove off.
Then in a mixture of Serbian and English our lovely driver told us about his children who he loves very much but can’t see them very often due to his work and he gave us some useful recommendations for the time when we will be in Serbia. We said goodbye on Zagreb’s ring-road, not far from our next host Pamela’s place.
We stayed in the capital of Croatia for only two days, as we soon found that there was not that much to see and we covered all the main sights in a 2-3h walk. It’s a pleasant enough place, but the centre is very small and there are not that many interesting things to do.
What Zagreb is abundant in, though, are museums. You can be sure to find there a museum of almost everything, like a Museum of Naive Art or even a Museum of Broken Relationships, which we decided to give a go. Located in the strict city centre, in a small ground-floor flat, it houses mementos of past relationships which once meant a lot to the people involved. All the items, e.g. wedding dresses and other garments, lovers’ gifts, kinky sex accessories, love letters etc. are affixed with a short story related to them. Among the most interesting objects we found were fake strap-on boobs which one guy demanded that his girl wore in bed and an axe which cheated-on man used to destroy his girl’s furniture. Some of the stories were banal, some were very moving and mature.
Something definitely unique and like no other museum I have seen and what’s most important: a very good idea for a business that serves a purpose. I’m sure they will one day make a lot of money out of it as you don’t need much to run it: a small building, a receptionist and the exhibits, which are donated by the people who treat them as some sort of catharsis to their broken hearts. As the leaflet of the museum says: ” (it) offers a chance to overcome an emotional collapse through creation”. Granted the European Museum of the Year Award in 2011 , it has also toured internationally in over 25 cities. You can see the permanent collection in Zagreb, Ćirilometodska ulica 2, Upper Town.
Opening hours: every day: 9.00 a.m. – 10.30 p.m. (Jun.-Sept.), 9.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m. (Oct-May).
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Good luck and only happy relationships!
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