When I travel, some of my favourite spots are the local central markets, if the place has any. There you can see what the place and the people are about. There you can see how it works between people; if they are loud and energetic or quiet and calm, if they laugh while doing business or if they tend to be serious, if they like to negotiate the prices or not… Of course, it’s always tricky to make assumptions about people in general, no matter how many of them you’ve met, because people are individuals and have their own, unique characteristics. Then again, you can always try and guess, and the local market is a perfect spot to do just that.
It’s no different in Rijeka, where the main local market is an open space with lots of stands with fresh fruits and vegetables, but also there are three pavilions in which you can find everything you may desire to eat; from seeds and berries, milk products, domestic wine, olive oil, processed meat… you name it. And that is just one pavilion. In the other there’s fresh meat and meat products, and in the third one there’s a local fish market — my favourite spot in the central market.
You will find that sometimes you might get a receipt and sometimes not. I’ll just say it’s normal and there’s a system, but me explaining it is not what any of us would want.