Did we break some unwritten rule?

>visiting wife's relatives in Croatia
>apartment at the coast
>wife grew up in US and her Croatian isn't very good, so we communicate in broken English
>two of her relatives ask us if we want to join them at the beach
>sure, why not
>we get there, talk for a while
>about to go swimming
>her relatives strip into their bikinis
>lately, wife has gotten into the habit of wearing a rash guard or a T-shirt while swimming due to sensitive skin
>we head towards the sea
>one of wife's relatives gives her a puzzled look
>"aren't you gonna strip?"
>"no haha, i'm good"
>wades into the sea wearing the rashie
>the relative seems troubled by this
>the other girl just gives me a weird look
>shrug it off
>swim and talk for a while
>the relatives become visibly uncomfortable for some reason
>wife brings it up, asks if everything is ok
>one of the girls says it's incredibly weird to see someone swimming in a T-shirt
>wife explains it's not really a T-shirt, tries to explain the concept of a rashie
>her relatives just look at each other and one of them says "oooookay" and smiles awkwardly
>wife and I both perplexed, but laugh it off and change the subject
>fast forward a few days
>having some drinks on the terrace we shared with the relatives
>one of their friends comes by
>relative introduces her to me and the wife
>"ah, you're the one who swims in a T-shirt"
>wife not amused, asks why it's such a big deal
>the girl rolls eyes and changes the subject

Is this a cultural thing? We still have a week of vacation here left, and I'm wondering if we're breaking some sort of weird taboo.

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    the other women probably felt self-conscious like your wife thought their tits don't look right & therefore she doesn't wanna show hers, so your wife doing that made them feel "other'd" / they felt ugly

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      They probably thought wearing a "rashie" (kek) is a WOKE thing that americans do now.

      No. More like they thought that by not wearing a bikini like any normal European woman, it meant that ops wife was one of those weird americans that dont identity as a female, and tries to hide her female attributes.

      Op is a fag. Ive never seen women heee wear such thing. Maybe muslim women.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Op is a fag. Ive never seen women heee wear such thing.
        Genuine retardation

        https://i.imgur.com/uChk0Pz.jpg

        OP here.

        Wife was determined to get to the bottom of this, so she touched upon the subject with one of her relatives again over drinks.

        I wasn't present, so this is her account of what happened.

        >be wife
        >have drinks with cousin who owns the apartment
        >talk about irrelevant stuff
        >masterfully manipulate her into talking about swimwear
        >ask why wearing tops while swimming is seemingly taboo here
        >cousin seems kinda uncomfortable talking about it
        >gently pressure her
        >"it's okay, i'd just like to know if i'm doing something offensive or wrong"
        >cousin gives in
        >says it's nothing like that, admits that they felt "outclassed" because wife looked really stylish
        >ask her why the smoke and mirrors then
        >she looks ashamed, says she was just stupid and apologizes profoundly
        >accept her apology and move on

        The next day, just as we were about to go to the beach:

        >be me
        >waiting for wife and two of her relatives to get a move on
        >lightbulb appears over wife's head
        >"hey, i just realized i have some spare rashies in my luggage, do you guys wanna try them out at the beach?"
        >the girl she went to drinks with accepts, the other refuses, citing "she's fine like this"
        >get to the beach
        >go swimming
        >the cousin who refused a rashie seems kinda sullen
        >wife and other cousin try to stimulate conversation with her but to no avail
        >after a while she snaps and accuses my wife of flaunting her style in front of "peasants"
        >leaves

        Holy fuck, why are women like this?

        (still have a few days here so I'll keep you posted, this is kind of entertaining)

        >Women, am I right?

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I think it's really that simple, kind of like the dumb shit when people are offended when the offer of drink/food/smoke is declined. the "shared experience" is tarnished

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >one of their friends comes by
    >relative introduces her to me and the wife
    >"ah, you're the one who swims in a T-shirt"
    Absolutely hilarious topkek

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    yes, you broke the "don't be a sensitive gay american" rule. many such cases

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      works both ways though, doesn't it? if you feel like wearin something to reduce skinrash while you're swimming, why should that hurt my feelings?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        except OP is posting about it like a butthurt fag while the croations only memory of it is having an embarrassing relative.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    they honestly just sound a bit shit. Can't explain everything with culture. You can bet jealousy was probably simmering for a while.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    People can't even get along if one person swims nude, and the other in a shirt...

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I live and like to travel in central Europe and the Balkans, and I wear a rash guard (like picrel) while swimming. I've had a total of one person, staff at a pool, tell me I shouldn't wear a shirt. When I explained that it was made for swimming, he said it was okay.

    I think it's different for women in a small group like your wife's situation. Your wife likely made the relatives feel self-conscious. It's like going to a party where everyone is drinking but staying sober yourself. There's nothing wrong with getting drunk, but some people feel shame about it, and being around someone else who is sober reminds them of their shame. I suspect the same dynamic is at play here.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Is this a cultural thing?
    Yes.
    We still have a week of vacation here left, and I'm wondering if we're breaking some sort of weird taboo. People in long sleeves on a beach are doing watersports and/or muslims.

    The US is simply more evolved in true SPF concerns, and lack of desire for tanning or else risk premature aging and skin cancer.
    .
    People who wear sun filtering fabrics should have them for long hours in the water, like for jet ski, deepsea fishing where the reflections from teh water aree so brigtht, you know, sports, where reapplying waterproof sunscreen is not just a repeating problem, but also can be like $20/day when you spend all day every day outside swimming or sweating.
    Does your wife have brown eyes or a light eye color like blue or green? If the latter, she's 15x more likely to have cataracts and sunburn at an early age.Is she wearingt shades and a hat too, or not? If she's wearing the top for fashion reasons or because she hates sunscreen, just laugh it off and ask one of the ladies to go shopping for something better for tanning. Again, if not real reason other than fashion, and the beac visit like like less than 4hrs, laugh it off.
    I am a redhead. I shut up some rude Chinese lady commenting about my white legs in a parking lot, rude as shit, and I said "I don't want to get skin cancer" and she only heard "...skin cancer" and then felt like an ass when she told me to get a tan.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >I shut up some rude Chinese lady commenting about my white legs in a parking lot
      Interesting. Chinese consider pale skin to be a status symbol because you work inside which is seen as more prestigious than working outside in the sun.
      Either way, it sucks to have redhead genes. It's like having a disease where you must watch out constantly for your well-being, in this case your sensitive skin.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I saw this pale foreigner swimming in a t-shirt in southern Europe. I assumed that she was protecting her skin from the sun since it was scorching hot. Perhaps those Croatians aren't used to seeing foreigners in their country since almost no can even point out where Croatia is on a map.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Croatia is a big tourist destination.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I never met anyone who went there. It's always Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece because let's be honest, if you only have 2 weeks to spare you want to spend it in a culturally interesting country.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Croatia is often dismissed because people usually mention it in the context of party destinations for degenerates, but there's a ton of nice places to visit and see.

          Just to name a few that I'd been to:

          Castle Trakošćan - 13th century feudal castle, beautiful scenery (see picture related), also houses a small museum of medieval weapons and armor. Lake surrounding it also has trails where you can feed ducks and shit.

          The Monastery of St. Mary - a really small island on a lake on island Mljet, housing a 12th century monastery. Only reachable by boat, but it's pretty awesome, almost like a diorama you can walk on.

          Diocletian's Palace - a ~400 A.D. palace built for the Roman emperor Diocletian.

          But there's a lot more. Croatia is more than just a fucking drugfest for normies.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >t. Croatia Ministry for Tourism

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Perhaps those Croatians aren't used to seeing foreigners in their country
      kek

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Lol, This guy's wife swims in a T-shirt, ridiculous.

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    they dont really care what she wears just found it strange funny and it is
    tell her to go outside more so she wont need to wear that shit
    they are bit jealous on you two
    they think you are good catch for her
    take all of them for lunch pay everything
    drink rakija with guys

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    yes, swimming in a t-shirt is weird. it's like wearing a burkini, what are you some smelly unwashed muslim ?
    you want to wear retarded things in the water then don't complain when they make fun of you

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Lmao your wife is an ugly cunt for sure
    Fucking americans kek

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Are the relatives retards ?
    Like do they seem smart enough to understand
    that other people have different values and understand why your wife might of wanted to hide her sexy stomach ?
    i think some people are just too closed minded

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I never heard of a "rashie" and so here is my interpretation of what happened.
    Wife wore a weird thing and make the group look weird by proxy, they have to live there so swimming with a weirdo and having locals see it is discouraging.
    Imagine you go to a poor indian village, they ask you to remove your shoes and walk barefoot. But your delicate little feet that never walked on clay before hurts so you refuse and wear something anyway - this is bizzare and embarasing behaviour that makes you look weak from their perspective.
    If one of those women had senstive skin like your wife, they probably would have just swam anyway and sucked up the pain.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      sir please remove shirt and shoes sir need walk on shit covered streets bare feet sir need cow shit in between toes sir sir???? no creeampie here sir

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >"ah, you're the one who swims in a T-shirt"

    Lol based. Tell your wife to stop being such a sensitive little pussy, both in terms of her skin and her sense of humor. You guys are pretty fucking weird to be honest.

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Yes you did. You're behaving like some vile islamist (or Puritan for you amerimutts), hated by everyone else in the world. In some places, it's rude to have a bikini (instead of being nude), even.

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >>wife grew up in US and her Croatian isn't very good, so we communicate in broken English
    what a cucked relationship

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Balkans are full of 80iq inbreads
    Dont try to understand or analyze their behaviour
    They make fun of anything remotly uncommen to them
    Hating on others and gossip is national sport there, they have nothing else to do
    Just ignore and have a good time

  20. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    OP here.

    Wife was determined to get to the bottom of this, so she touched upon the subject with one of her relatives again over drinks.

    I wasn't present, so this is her account of what happened.

    >be wife
    >have drinks with cousin who owns the apartment
    >talk about irrelevant stuff
    >masterfully manipulate her into talking about swimwear
    >ask why wearing tops while swimming is seemingly taboo here
    >cousin seems kinda uncomfortable talking about it
    >gently pressure her
    >"it's okay, i'd just like to know if i'm doing something offensive or wrong"
    >cousin gives in
    >says it's nothing like that, admits that they felt "outclassed" because wife looked really stylish
    >ask her why the smoke and mirrors then
    >she looks ashamed, says she was just stupid and apologizes profoundly
    >accept her apology and move on

    The next day, just as we were about to go to the beach:

    >be me
    >waiting for wife and two of her relatives to get a move on
    >lightbulb appears over wife's head
    >"hey, i just realized i have some spare rashies in my luggage, do you guys wanna try them out at the beach?"
    >the girl she went to drinks with accepts, the other refuses, citing "she's fine like this"
    >get to the beach
    >go swimming
    >the cousin who refused a rashie seems kinda sullen
    >wife and other cousin try to stimulate conversation with her but to no avail
    >after a while she snaps and accuses my wife of flaunting her style in front of "peasants"
    >leaves

    Holy fuck, why are women like this?

    (still have a few days here so I'll keep you posted, this is kind of entertaining)

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Women tend to overthink social situations and come to rash conclusions about everything

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      the story stretches credulity, but if it's completely true, then simply ditch them because people who get upset over this will deliver 100% more drama if a real controversial subject comes up or even a genuine misunderstanding, which isn't even the case here

      >go to country that underwent a multi-way civil war over religion and ethnicity
      >wear a modesty garment that the religion of one ethnicity is much more likely to wear
      >while in the territory of a different ethnicity
      >everyone else in the group is wondering when they're all going to get mobbed and raped to death by raging ethnics
      I bet a sunburn would have been preferable, huh.

      this is retarded, as in the opening lines of the story its established
      a) woman is the same ethnicity as the total of the population and is visiting people who know her and are connected to her
      b) the wars happened and are over; this is not some sandmoron shit that they simply can't get over
      burgers hands typed your post

      Europeans are unbelievably fragile and snobby

      extremely unlikely any of this is true

      This whole thread is an attempt to market some redddit tier garbage with a faggy name

      honestly the most plausible post here

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        The whole "how dare you do anything different, you stupid American!" is a real phenomenon which can be observed in this very thread

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >>says it's nothing like that, admits that they felt "outclassed" because wife looked really stylish
      if that ever happened...they used humor & flattery to defuse tension...

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Sounds kinda fake ngl

  21. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Croatians (and Balkanites in general) are regarded among the morons of Europe.

  22. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I think Rashie's will become a trend in Croatia now

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      do they make male ones? think I might get one to make Croatians seethe

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        probably

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Yes. There are male rash guards. I wear one when I don't feel like getting in a fight/arrested because of tattoos. I haven't worn one in Croatia, but I have used one in Serbia and Bosnia, and nobody cared.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I mean can I wear trunks with it or do I need to wear that gay ass pantie thing with it?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >do I need to wear that gay ass pantie thing with it?
            Yeah, works fine with trunks. If you're looking to cause seethe though, wear it with a speedo so that it's clear that you're not a prude.

            what's up with the tattoos?

            Younger me living in the US thought it would be a good idea to get tattoos that express certain controversial political ideas, because pissing people off and getting into fights is fun. Older me living in Europe now has tattoos that are literally illegal in several countries and just wants to enjoy visits to the strand with the wife and kids without getting into fights. So, I keep the tattoos covered.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              You could start a Rashie store in Croatia and sell to the upper classes, you seem to know your stuff.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              show us your swastikas, bro

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              >living in Europe

              Sorry about your loss.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              This guy literally has some shit like "1488," plastered across his back. Can you explain your younger selfs reasoning? We all get enjoying edgy humor and messing with people, but getting a tattoo is over that line of ironic trolling.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                >but getting a tattoo is over that line of ironic trolling.
                anon i know it's hard to believe, but people that do this tend to be ironclad in their beliefs, as retarded as they may be at times

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                I hate your sarcastic tone mister. Thats what im getting at, his original post implied he did what he did because he liked being a contrarian menace, not because he was a genuine neonazi. Hence I ask what I did. Bitch.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          what's up with the tattoos?

  23. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Peasants can't afford a good Rashie

  24. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Croatians seethe at the Rash Guard

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      This whole thread is an attempt to market some redddit tier garbage with a faggy name

  25. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'm polish but we have German family. It happens sometimes that whenever we get together the polish side looks down on the german because they appear to be "extra" or unnecessarily sophisticated. I remember when we had boiled eggs at German senpai's house and we found out that they had TWO of those ridiculous egg-cracking devices in a household of 4. There were many children on the table so there was a bit of a ruckus on the table with all the taking and waiting for the appliance. The Germans insisted on waiting for the appliance and the poles cracked the eggs with a spoon and ate the eggs normally while looking over to eachother with a smirk on their face.
    So it might be that your relatives were thinking "These Americans are making things unnecessarily complicated " without understanding the concept fully

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I think their relatives don't have much class and can't pull of wearing such awesome Rashies

  26. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >go to country that underwent a multi-way civil war over religion and ethnicity
    >wear a modesty garment that the religion of one ethnicity is much more likely to wear
    >while in the territory of a different ethnicity
    >everyone else in the group is wondering when they're all going to get mobbed and raped to death by raging ethnics
    I bet a sunburn would have been preferable, huh.

  27. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Women fighting over some absolutely stupid and trival horseshit because they're bored and they know men are no longer allowed to check them
    >Is this a cultural thing?
    Unfortunately it's a universal problem.

  28. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    going to Croatia in a week, will stay in novalja, is there some nice place to see?

    thank you guys

  29. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Europeans are unbelievably fragile and snobby

  30. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    This is like some seinfeld shit.

    She swims in a t shirt?
    Yeah a t shirt.
    Why a tshirt?
    I don't know she is one of these people that always has to be different.
    She's a t shirt swimmer!

  31. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Your wife is fat and ashamed of her body

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