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EU Must Be Kidding!

, , , | Right | November 25, 2020

I work at a bar in Slovenia that is about fifteen kilometres away from the Italian border and twenty kilometres away from the Croatian border, meaning that a lot of tourists who are going to or from their vacation pass there and stop at our bar.

I serve a lady, and after she pays, I have this conversation with her in Italian.

Lady: “So, can you tell me if Slovenia and Croatia are in the European Union? They are not, are they?”

Me: “Um… Sorry?”

Lady: “Slovenia and Croatia, they are not in the EU, right?”

Me: “Yes, they are.”

Lady: “Really? But since when?”

Me: “Slovenia has been in the EU since 2004, and Croatia since 2013.”

Lady: “No way!”

Me: “Well, yes. We, Slovenia, are also in the Schengen area. Did you have to stop at the border to have your documents looked at or did you just pass the border between Italy and Slovenia?”

Lady: “Oooh, yes, you’re right!”

After encountering this, I started to really question myself about what kind of world do some people live in, that they live in a neighboring country and don’t have a clue about what’s going on around them?