June the 15th, 2019 – the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) has become known over the last couple of years or so for its sarcastic, witty warnings to tourists who might fancy tackling mountains like Sv. Ilija in a four euro pair of Primark flip flops in the middle of the scorching August heat.
Recently HGSS asked tourists to please Tweet them if there is indeed life after death, accompanied by a fitting yet morbidly funny pink inflatable in the shape of a coffin.
From warning tourists not to try to swim to ”nearby” islands, which are in actual fact much further away from the mainland than they first appear, to making sure they don’t get stuck and dehydrated halfway up Biokovo at 14:00 on a boiling hot July day, this group of tireless volunteers are very inventive in coming up with their amusing warnings to foreign tourists planning on spending summer along the Croatian coast.
Using the hashtags #nomeansno and #isurvivedaholidayincroatia, HGSS have taken to social media once again just before the main tourist season begins to make sure that there are definitely no language barriers and misunderstandings among those who don’t understand the Croatian language.
Dear tourists, we know you don’t speak Croatian, so please follow the obvious wordless signs while hiking in the Croatian mountains reads the recent post from HGSS on their Facebook page, along with a photo that can hardly be misinterpreted, even by the ”bravest” (or indeed most stupid) of tourists this summer season.
In all seriousness, HGSS is made up of volunteers who are forced to deal with idiotic and often highly dangerous situations each and every summer in the Croatian mountains. The majority of these incidents are entirely avoidable and are unfortunately the product of bad decisions made by foreign tourists. Make sure to take all of the necessary precautions if you’re planning on a bit of mountaineering or swimming this summer in Croatia!
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