In the evenings, during warmer seasons, it seems like the youth in Rijeka start to emerge from everywhere, every rock and hidden spot, and go to one place: Cont square. It’s not really a square and it’s not really Cont, but it’s real as it can be. It has been a sort of informal gathering place for the young ones in generations, just in front of Hotel Continental. That’s why Cont is a shortened version which stands alone and is very well known. When you say in Rijeka “let’s meet at Cont”, everybody knows where that is.
So when you come here during the day, you can drink or eat at the fast food or choose between bars and restaurants, but when you come in the evenings, you go and buy yourself some bottled or canned beer or some wine and plastic cups and find yourself a place to be.
Once you are on the Cont with everything you need, you do the Cont thing: drink and get all philosophical, even if the topic is completely superficial. In the beginning you’ll be shy a little bit, but when the spirits fill the void, you will become louder and much more certain in what you are talking about and finally, you will find the truth. Even if you don’t remember it tomorrow. But know this: some revolutions came out of places like Cont, so be careful what you are planting there.