VIDEO: Blast from the Past, Life in Split in November 1999

Daniela Rogulj

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May 23, 2020 – What was Split like in 1999? Enjoy this blast from the past by local cameraman Jere Gruic. 

It was the year the Euro was introduced. The human population surpassed six billion. Napster was released. Bill Clinton was acquitted. Movie theaters screened The Matrix, and radio stations played Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys. 

Times were simpler then, it seemed, especially if you were in Dalmatia. 

This is confirmed by a video of Split, made back in November 1999, which was discovered on the YouTube channel of Split cameraman Jere Gruic. As you can imagine, it has quickly become a hit.

Various Dalmatian media, like Dalmacija Danas and Dalmatinski Portal, were quick to share the 90s nostalgia. Slavićeva, Vukovarska, Bosanska, Pjaca, Riva, Marmontova, Žnjan and many other famous locations are featured in almost 19 minutes of film of our beautiful city, some 21 years ago. 

“Some other time. The video was created as an idea to send the recordings to my father, because he has been working in Australia for three years now and he longs for Split,” Gruić wrote in the description of the video, which you can watch below.

“What a flashback, that winter I turned 20, I have a different life now, how time flies,” reads one comment. “The red bus at Sv. Frane – what a flashback!” reads another. “It’s nice that someone put this out! Do you have more?” the others say. 

Join us in this walk down memory lane; let’s pine for this simpler Split life together. 

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