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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Korcula?

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We asked people in Korcula if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"When visiting Korcula, it's important to respect the local customs and traditions to avoid any cultural faux pas. Here are some tips: Avoid discussing sensitive topics such as the Yugoslav Wars and the country's communist past. These subjects can still be quite sensitive for many Croatians. Do not assume that everyone speaks English. While many Croatians do speak English, especially in tourist areas, it's polite to learn a few basic phrases in Croatian. Avoid comparing Croatia to other former Yugoslav countries. Croatians are proud of their unique culture and heritage. Do not disrespect the Catholic Church. The majority of Croatians are Roman Catholic and the church plays a significant role in their culture and traditions. Avoid being overly loud or boisterous in public places. Croatians generally value modesty and discretion. Do not leave without saying goodbye. It's considered rude to leave a social gathering without saying goodbye to each person individually. Avoid being late. Punctuality is highly valued in Croatian culture. Do not ignore the local cuisine. Croatians are proud of their food and wine, so be sure to try local dishes and drinks. Avoid wearing revealing clothing in religious sites. When visiting churches or other religious sites, it's important to dress modestly out of respect. Do not forget to tip. While tipping is not mandatory in Croatia, it's customary to leave a small tip for good service in restaurants and cafes," commented one expat who made the move to Korcula, Croatia.

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