Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Who says that scooters can't take you places? This Korean tourist has been on the journey of a lifetime – 25 thousand kilometers from Asia to Berlin, a trip that couldn't go without a break reserved for Dubrovnik sightseeing.

His photo was taken in Zaton, located 8 kilometers from Dubrovnik. This awesome traveller says that he didn't mind the weather conditions nor the problems on the scooter, which is as special as his owner with signatures from people from all over the world.

- When you have a goal ahead of you, everything is easier – says this brave adventurer and Dubrovnik lover.







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When the clouds break and the north wind blows away the rain, that’s the time when the Dubrovnik region is the most attractive for photographers.

This set of photos from Mlini, in Zupa, were sent to us by Adriatic Images and highlight the winter sunshine yesterday whilst most of the rest of Europe battles with cold fronts.

The Adriatic Sea and the autumn colours of nature blend in perfect harmony as winter approaches.

Check out the photo gallery from Adriatic Images

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Dubrovnik has been the location for globally popular serials, such as the Game of Thrones, and blockbuster movies, such as the eighth episode of Star Wars, and now it seems that the city could be the backdrop for a music video.

The mega popular Indian actress and singer Kajal Aggarwal published on her social media accounts that she is “On the move to Slovenia-Croatia to shoot 2songs.” And today she added another photo to her Twitter account that she was on her way from Ljubljana in Slovenia to Dubrovnik.

Kajal Aggarwal is an Indian film actress and model. One of the most popular Indian celebrities, she has established a career in the Telugu and Tamil film industries and has been nominated for four Filmfare Awards South. In addition to acting, Kajal participates in stage shows and is a prominent celebrity endorser for brands and products.

It would appear that she is travelling to Dubrovnik with the famous Indian dance choreographer Jani Master and that one song will be recorded in Slovenia and the other in Dubrovnik. The songs are part of the upcoming Bollywood film Khaidi no.150. This film is the 150th film of the award winning Indian actor and producer Konidela Siva Sankara Vara Prasad, better known by his stage name Chiranjeevi, and Kajal Aggarwal stars in this latest movie.

This will not be the first Bollywood blockbuster to be filmed in Dubrovnik. The most well-known Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan recorded part of his latest film “Fan” in Dubrovnik. Back in May 2015 Shah Rukh Khan filmed some action scenes in the centre of the Old City of Dubrovnik, as well as other parts of Croatia, and even though these scenes form a short section of the movie the interest in Dubrovnik from Bollywood lovers in visiting the city is intensifying.

As Game of Thrones would say “winter is coming.” Dubrovnik awoke to chilly temperatures this morning at around 10 degrees Celsius.

After months of sunshine and blue skies the cooler winter temperatures are now on the doorstep, but with only 44 days till Christmas it is to be expected.

However the sea temperature in Dubrovnik is still relatively warm. In fact the sea temperature this morning was double the air temperature, almost 20 degrees Celsius.

The forecast for the rest of the week looks like bringing similar weather, with storms predicted on Saturday, although Sunday looks like being sunny and warm with temperatures up to 16 degrees Celsius. It is safe to say that “winter is here.”

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Winter ice-cream in Dubrovnik - Photo Niksa Duper 

Dubrovnik felt the rumbles of another earthquake yesterday. At exactly 4.58pm the ground shook in Dubrovnik as an earthquake rumbled through.

The epicentre of the quake, which was 4.2 magnitude on the Richter Scale, was in a sparsely populated region of Montenegro approximately 45 kilometres south east of Dubrovnik.

According to reports the earthquake in Montenegro was at a depth of 10 kilometres. No material damage was reported in Dubrovnik.

This latest quake follows another one that shook Dubrovnik on the 31st of October this year and measured 4.3 on the Richter Scale.

Among 1078 cinemas from 644 cities and towns in 41 European countries, the Croatian Kino Europa (Europa Cinema) in Zagreb won The Best Programming Award in 2016.

This prestigious award is given by Europa Cinemas, the network of European cinemas and is the most important annual award and the highest one that a cinema can receive at the European level. It is also one of the most important awards that has ever received by any cultural institution in Croatia.

The Kino Europa was built in 1924/25 by the wealthy Müller family from Zagreb and was designed by the architect Srecko Florschütz in order to construct the most beautiful and modern cinema in the region. The cinema was officially opened on the 8th of April 1925 with Fritz Lang’s ‘’Die Niebelungen’’ and the local film ‘’Dalmatia, Land of Sun’’.

After years of neglect and troubles over the cinema’s ownership, the City of Zagreb bought the cinema in October 2007 and in early 2008 the cinema management was trusted to the Zagreb Film Festival Art Organization.

Under the new management, the Kino Europa became the leading regional cinema for independent contemporary film, with over 60 independent titles from all over the world screened annually. Every year the Kino Europa hosts around 30 premieres, it is home to more than 20 festivals and events, whilst a special attention is given to events for children and young audience.

The most popular Zagreb’s cinema Kino Europa became a protected cultural heritage site and a Croatian national treasure.

Nomad list, website made especially for nomads, finds the best places in the world to live and work remotely. Nomads from all over the world have the chance to give their opinions about the cities in different categories and when it comes to their ratings - Dubrovnik didn't do so well. They liked Zadar more, which is placed on the first place of the Croatian nomad list, followed by Zagreb, Split, Osijek, Rijeka and then Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik got only two 'greats' or two best grades – in air quality and traffic safety categories. Safety, quality of life and peace were marked as good and it all goes down from that.

Most of it is 'okay', which is around 3/5 points, such as the cost of living, internet, free wi-fi in the city, racial tolerance, weather (now), fun, places to work from, friendly to foreigners and freedom of speech.

The bad sides of Dubrovnik, at least according to the nomads are: A/C or heating and the nightlife. Also, they rated the Pearl of Adriatic as gay and female unfriendly. English speaking also got the lowest grade.

Even though Dubrovnik seems to be really attractive for tourists, it seems that nomads will more likely decide to live and work in another city.




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After a couple of rainy days the sun has decided to come out again! A spring like day with a bit of breeze motivated people to leave the comfort of their houses and enjoy walking, cycling and other outside activities in Uvala Lapad. Families with children, friends, couples – everybody wanted to catch the rays of sunshine. And we tried to catch them with our camera!

Check out our photo gallery from this beautiful afternoon in Dubrovnik 


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One of the most popular airlines and the third largest commercial airline in Germany is coming back to Croatia.

After a two-year break the German air carrier Condor from Frankfurt will renew its flights for Croatia in the summer schedule for 2017.

The Boeing 737-300 aircraft, rented from the Latvian national airline Air Baltic will operate on the Condor’s flights which will connect Germany with the Croatian market next year.

The flights from Dubrovnik to Frankfurt will operate once a week, every Saturday from the 29th of April to the 28th of October 2017, whilst the flights from Split to Frankfurt will also operate once a week, but on Sundays from the 30th of April to the 22nd of October 2017.

Condor Flugdienst GmbH as one of Germany's most popular airlines received top scores for customer satisfaction for service in Germany in 2012.

I was 21 the first time I left. I was standing in the Chicago O’Hare airport, holding back tears and feeling that uncomfortable knot in my throat as I hugged my mother and said “I’ll see you soon, don’t worry.” The next 16 hours I sat with anticipation, wondering what life in Dubrovnik, Croatia would be like. I didn’t know a single person. I didn’t speak the language. I had only heard stories from my mother and Croatian grandfather.

Yet I had this overwhelming sensation that something was waiting for me in Dubrovnik. The minute I saw the sparking Adriatic from the airplane window, I felt like I was coming home.

My story with Croatia started when I studied abroad at Dubrovnik International University in the spring of 2015. Prior to this, I left home at 18 to study at Loyola University of Chicago. I spent three years falling in love with the Windy City and building a life for myself. I decided I needed a break from the fast-paced city life and my mom’s pictures of Dubrovnik’s Old Town began to pull at my heartstrings. In a matter of months, I found a study abroad program where I could continue my studies in political science and took the first step of a new chapter.

Studying abroad in Dubrovnik was a magical experience, and quite possibly some of the best 5 months of my life. Not only did I get to travel all around Croatia, I traveled around Europe as well. Unlike Chicago, I felt completely safe walking the streets alone in Dubrovnik and within a matter of months knew half the town. I made both American and Croatian friends. I felt my Croatian roots come to life, like I was reliving my heritage.

The biggest game changer was falling in love with my classmate, a Croatian local from the Zupa area, who’s currently my boyfriend. It started as a “forbidden love”, being both emotionally unavailable for our own reasons, and blossomed into serious feelings we couldn’t ignore. When my study abroad program ended, I knew my chapter in Croatia wasn’t over. I knew I would be back; it was rather a question of when.

I didn’t realize how much Dubrovnik changed me until I came back to the United States. I had reverse culture shock, and many days felt overwhelmed to be back in a big city where I always had to watch my back. I watched as my career goals of becoming a lawyer started to change. I realized I just wanted to do what makes me happy. I felt like in America, that wasn’t enough.

Coming back to Dubrovnik at Christmastime was a no-brainer when my boyfriend wasn’t able to visit me in the United States. Staying with him and his family in a small village gave me a more authentic Croatian experience. Experiencing Badnjak and the Christmas festival along Stradun didn’t compare to any Christmas parades I saw in Chicago or Minnesota. It was my first Christmas in 22 years away from home, yet I realized I was building a new home in Dubrovnik.

I returned to Chicago to finish my final semester of college, but I was already ready to leave. The only thing keeping me was my incredible support system of friends and family, but I felt like half of me was across the world sitting on the rocks overlooking the Adriatic.

I once felt rushed to get into graduate school right away after college, but my time spent in Croatia reminded me that there’s still time. I was always highly ambitious in college, getting straight A’s while working and being involved in student organizations. Yet, I began to see that I was overworking myself. For once, I realized that if I kept going, I would get caught in a vicious cycle of unhappiness.

While my peers’ post-graduate plan was to find a shiny corporate job, mine was to find a one-way ticket back to Dubrovnik. After spending quality time with my friends and family, I was right back where I was a year and a half ago in Dubrovnik with my now boyfriend. I wanted to give myself time to relax after college, before hopefully finding a job or internship elsewhere in Europe. I came prepared to not return to America for a while.

In all honesty, living here, now immersed in local culture, is challenging. My Croatian is still terrible. I instantly cough in clouds of cigarette smoke. I always drop my coins everywhere at the Konzum checkout line, while the cashier is already ringing up the next customer. I’m the only one not singing every lyric at Croatian weddings. I’m an outsider on the inside.

But the fact that I keep coming back should say something. I gave up a lot to be here, but I regret nothing. Croatia has given me all the things the things my life in America was missing. I’m not staying in Dubrovnik forever, but when I do leave, I know I’ll be back again.


Alexandra Schmidt, also known as The Mindful Mermaid, is a globetrotting writer and travel blogger, who finds her self always coming back to Dubrovnik. She was raised in St. Paul, Minnesota and later moved to Chicago to study at Loyola University. She first came to Dubrovnik when she studied at Dubrovnik International University, and has returned to Dubrovnik several times since. She’s a mermaid-obsessed yogi, who passes her time playing guitar, exploring the great outdoors, and planning her next adventure. To find out more about Alex, you can visit her website or Facebook page.



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