Some indications of cultural globalization observed in Italy and Croatia in late May through mid-June:
- Stop signs in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, in which the Slavic dialects dominate, are in English.
- Passing by bus through a small inland town in rural Croatia en route to Plitvice Lakes National Park, one store sign was in multiple languages, including Chinese characters.
- The leading currency listed at one exchange in Ravenna, Italy, was Bangladeshi taka. Elsewhere in same city, I encountered a restaurant advertising “Bangla Euro kebabs.”
- Another restaurant I passed by on a train from Ravenna to the Ancona was named Pacha mama, the name for the “Mother World” goddess acknowledged by the indigenous people of the Andes.
- And in case you were wondering, the 29th World Logging Championships were held last year in Zagreb, Croatia, as evidenced by a tattered billboard.