An Unplanned Odyssey in Split’s Alleyways

Fluent Fiction – Croatian
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Story Transcript:
Hr: Sunce je već visoko na nebu kad Ivana krene u svoju avanturu po gradu Splitu.
En: The sun was already high in the sky when Ivana set off on her adventure through the city of Split.

Hr: Bio je to topao proljetni dan, i ulice su sijale pod jutarnjim suncem.
En: It was a warm spring day, and the streets were gleaming under the morning sun.

Hr: Odlučila je istražiti ovaj prelijepi dalmatinski grad, osjetiti njegov puls i doživjeti njegovu energiju.
En: She had decided to explore this beautiful Dalmatian city, feel its pulse, and experience its energy.

Hr: Ivana je hodala uz more, divila se starijim zgradama i uskim kalama koje su krivudale kroz grad.
En: Ivana walked along the sea, admiring the old buildings and narrow alleyways winding through the city.

Hr: Izlozi trgovina mamili su ju raznobojnim suvenirima, a mirisi domaće kuhinje pozivali su na degustaciju lokalnih specijaliteta.
En: The shop windows enticed her with colorful souvenirs, and the smells of homemade cuisine invited her to taste local specialties.

Hr: Ali Ivana nije bila ovdje samo zbog turističkih atrakcija.
En: But Ivana wasn’t here just for the tourist attractions.

Hr: Željela je doživjeti pravu atmosferu Splita, osjetiti ga cijelim tijelom.
En: She wanted to experience the real atmosphere of Split, to feel it with her whole body.

Hr: Stigavši do Dioklecijanove palače, Ivana se zatekla okružena gomilom turista.
En: Arriving at Diocletian’s Palace, Ivana found herself surrounded by a crowd of tourists.

Hr: Odlučila je skrenuti u jednu od manjih uličica kako bi izbjegla gomilu.
En: She decided to turn into one of the smaller streets to avoid the crowd.

Hr: Uspješno je manevrirala uskim pločnicima, dok nije skrenula na jedno posebno raskrižje.
En: She skillfully maneuvered through narrow sidewalks until she turned into a particular intersection.

Hr: Nije bila sigurna da li da krene lijevo ili desno.
En: She wasn’t sure whether to go left or right.

Hr: “Sigurno je ovdje negdje,” mislila je, tražeći na svojoj turističkoj mapi neko značajno mjesto.
En: “It must be around here somewhere,” she thought, searching her tourist map for some significant place.

Hr: Krenula je lijevo, gdje su se uličice sve više sužavale.
En: She turned left, where the alleyways became narrower.

Hr: Bez da je toga bila svjesna, ubrzo se našla u potpuno novom dijelu grada.
En: Unaware of it, she soon found herself in a completely new part of the city.

Hr: Nedugo nakon toga, naišla je na živahno mjesto, preplavljeno glasnoćom i mirisom mora.
En: Shortly after, she stumbled upon a lively place, filled with the sounds and the scent of the sea.

Hr: Prije nego što je uopće shvatila što se događa, zatekla se usred lokalnog ribarnica.
En: Before she even realized what was happening, she found herself in the middle of a local fish market.

Hr: Ljudi su dovikivali jedni drugima, gestikulirajući prema svježim ribama koje su se sjajile na štandovima.
En: People were calling out to each other, gesturing towards the fresh fish glistening on the stalls.

Hr: U čudu je promatrala kako se trgovci natječu za pažnju kupaca, nudeći najbolju ribu dana.
En: In awe, she watched as the vendors competed for customers’ attention, offering the best fish of the day.

Hr: Ivana je bila zbunjena, ali i očarana tim neobičnim svijetom.
En: Ivana was confused, but also fascinated by this unusual world.

Hr: Približila se jednom štandu, gdje je široki osmijeh ribara pozdravio.
En: She approached one stall, where a wide smile greeted her from the fisherman.

Hr: “Oprostite, tražim…,” počela je Ivana, ali je brzo shvatila da ne zna na koji način postaviti svoje pitanje.
En: “Excuse me, I’m looking for…,” Ivana began, but quickly realized she didn’t know how to ask her question.

Hr: Ribar je pogrešno protumačio njezin zbunjeni izraz lica i mislio da je zainteresirana za njegove ribe.
En: The fisherman misinterpreted her puzzled expression and thought she was interested in his fish.

Hr: Uz velik entuzijazam, počeo joj je objašnjavati različite vrste riba koje ima na prodaju.
En: With great enthusiasm, he began to explain the different types of fish he had for sale.

Hr: Ivana je klimnula glavom, pokušavajući pratiti njegove riječi, ali sve što je mogla razmišljati bilo je kako da se vrati na pravi put.
En: Ivana nodded, trying to follow his words, but all she could think about was how to find her way back on track.

Hr: Kad je ribar napokon zastao, Ivana je iskoristila priliku.
En: When the fisherman finally paused, Ivana seized the opportunity.

Hr: “Oprostite, gospodine, mislila sam pitati za put…,” počela je, ali ribar ju je prekinuo smijehom.
En: “Excuse me, sir, I was trying to ask for directions…,” she started, but the fisherman interrupted with laughter.

Hr: “Nisam ja turistički vodič, djevojko,” veli on prijateljski.
En: “I’m not a tour guide, miss,” he said friendly.

Hr: “Ali, mogu ti reći kako da se vratiš na rivi. Samo pratiš ovu ulicu sve do kraja i skreneš…”
En: “But I can tell you how to get back to the promenade. Just follow this street to the end and turn…”

Hr: U teškim situacijama, Ivana je obično osjećala tjeskobu, no ovaj put osjećala je samo olakšanje.
En: In tough situations, Ivana usually felt anxious, but this time she only felt relieved.

Hr: Zavalila se unatraške, kroz šarenu gužvu ribarnice, prateći upute prijaznog ribara.
En: She made her way back through the colorful bustle of the fish market, following the instructions of the friendly fisherman.

Hr: U trenu je u njenom koraku bilo više sigurnosti.
En: In an instant, she felt more confident in her step.

Hr: Nakon nekoliko minuta hoda, ulice Splita ponovno su postale poznate i Ivana je sa osmijehom izašla na šetalište uz more, znajući da je sada na pravom putu.
En: After a few minutes of walking, the streets of Split became familiar again, and Ivana emerged onto the seafront promenade with a smile, knowing she was now on the right path.

Hr: Odlučila je zastati na prvom sladoledaru koji naiđe, kako bi proslavila mali trijumf pronalaska puta i neplaniranog, ali zanimljivog druženja na ribarnici.
En: She decided to stop at the first ice cream parlor she came across to celebrate the small triumph of finding her way and the unplanned but interesting encounter at the fish market.

Hr: Kroz taj neplanirani obrat, Ivana je doživjela ne samo Split, već i gostoljubivost i šarm njegovih stanovnika.
En: Through this unexpected turn of events, Ivana experienced not only Split but also the hospitality and charm of its inhabitants.

Hr: I dok je promatrala zalazak sunca ližući sladoled, znala je da će ova avantura biti jedna od onih priča koje će s osmijehom pričati svojim prijateljima.
En: And as she watched the sunset while licking her ice cream, she knew that this adventure would be one of those stories she would tell her friends with a smile.

Vocabulary Words:
avantura : adventure
sijaleći : gleaming
puls : pulse
energija : energy
kalama : alleyways
mamili : enticed
kuhinja : cuisine
specijaliteta : specialties
okružena : surrounded
gomilom : crowd
raskrižje : intersection
značajno : significant
trgovci : vendors
zbunjena : confused
naišla : stumbled
živahno : lively
gestikulirajući : gesturing
sjajile : glistening
čudu : awe
očarana : entranced
zbunjeni : puzzled
pogrešno protumačio : misinterpreted
entuzijazam : enthusiasm
iskoristila : seized
upute : instructions
trijumf : triumph
druženje : encounter
gostoljubivost : hospitality
promatrala : watched