From Friday, June second, Croatia’s largest liner shipping company Jadrolinija will have additional lines in local maritime traffic. Apart from the existing lines, from June 3rd there will also be a new catamaran line connecting Pula, Unije, Susak, Mali Losinj, Ilovik, Silba and Zadar. From June 9th season catamaran Dubrovnik-Korcula-Hvar-Bol-Split will start running. There are also some news in international traffic – ferry line from Bari (Italy) to Bar (Montenegro) runs from May 18th this year by the ship ‘’Dubrovnik’’, which also runs the line Dubrovnik-Bari until December.
In 2016, Jadrolinija broke records and transported a total of 11.3 million passengers and 2.6 million vehicles. The fleet of 50 vessels is ready for the upcoming season, which requires the maximum engagement of ships and crew. The Jadrolinija fleet is doing over 600 trips a day, with about 600 thousand passengers a week, and the most frequent lines are maintained 24 hours a day. Additional lines will be introduced as needed.
In order to reduce crowds in agencies and sales outlets at seaports during the season, it is recommended to buy tickets via the official website www.jadrolinija.hr, where all the details are available.
It was an emotional Sunday for me. It was my 36th birthday and I watched tens of thousands of people cry on TV – not because I'm getting older, but because Italian football club AS Roma was saying goodbye to their star player Francesco Totti.
It was an incredible sight. Totti spent the last 28 years playing for Roma and was at one point one of the best football strikers in the world. This means, he could've gone away to bigger clubs and receive more money than he did (it's not like he was working for minimum wage, but still...), but chose instead to play for the club he loves until the end of his career. As you can imagine, his last game was extremely emotional with everybody on the stadium, from the cleaners to the club president, weeping like little kids. It was beautiful, but it also marked a definite end to an era of playing football for love. Today, the game is much different.
I won't be going on a long rant about football (although, God knows I could). The only reason I'm mentioning this story is because I was talking to a good friend of mine about this earlier and we agreed it was such a powerful moment seeing this incredibly successful player in front of 50,000 screaming, crying fans, saying goodbye to such an important part of his life. Imagine doing one job for 28 years and being so successful at it you are put alongside some of the greats of your time, having an army of fans follow you because of your job performance, and then having to quit. That surely is a hard step to take to say the least. My friend commented how change and facing uncertainty is always a difficult task in life, regardless of one's means and life style. She is definitely right, but it also made me think as to why facing change is such a big deal to us.
I personally love change. You could say I'm addicted to it. There is nothing I like more than a clean slate, a new beginning, an empty sheet of paper. Uncertainty often times holds within endless possibilities. Of course, when I talk about uncertainty, I usually think about career changes or moving. Obviously, some people face such dire situations in life they are not as giddy as me because they don't know what tomorrow brings. But, when talking about everyday changes in life, I think the majority of people are too cautious. People resist change, they are intimidated by it, often times for no valid reason.
The mere fact they don't know for sure what their lives will look like tomorrow is enough to have many of them shaking in their boots.
I've had multiple new beginnings in my life, whether professional or emotional. Sometimes new ventures would turn out to be good, sometimes less so, but the rush of excitement at all the different prospects opening up in front of me was always intoxicating. In fact, if there is one thing that causes unease in me as I'm growing older, it's narrowing of options. The younger you are the more possibilities are in front of you. As you are growing older you are making choices that limit your options: you are investing in a career, having children, buying real estate. All these limit your options... maybe some new ones are opening, but many more are closing at the same time.
So, why do we do this? Why are we limiting our options? Simply put, to increase security. Having a career in one field increases your job security. Getting married and having children ensures you will have someone to lean on emotionally in the future. Buying a house should enable you a steady roof over your head regardless of the variations in the property market of your local area. We are exchanging incredible, exciting future options for secured present benefits which will hopefully fulfil us. It makes sense. It's a reasonable thing to do. But still, I can't get over the fact that every step we make leaves an infinite number of possibilities unrealised. It’s as if we are wilfully saying goodbye to a myriad of different lives that could’ve been.
Maybe I’m foolish to dwell on it, but isn’t the day we all dread in life the one when we will truly be left without any options to choose from and with only one box left to tick.
Bozidar Jukic, AKA The Restless Native, is a Dubrovnik local with too many interests to name them all, with writing being at the very top of the list. He is a lover of good food, music and film, and a firm believer in the healing power of laughter. His professional orientation is towards tourism and travel so it comes as no surprise he spends most of his time alongside Mrs. Jukic running their own local tour company. Their goal is helping travellers from all over the world get a more intimate experience of Dubrovnik and what it has to offer. To find out more about their work, visit their website or Facebook page.
The World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is marked around the world every year on the 31st of May in order to indicate numerous negative effects that smoking has on human health.
The member countries of the World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987. In the past thirty years, this day has been organized with both enthusiasm and resistance around the globe from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry.
As far as Croatia is concerned, the latest data show that every fourth person aged 15 and older smokes, whilst smoking leads to more than 10,000 deaths annually.
Furthermore, almost 76 percent of young population aged 13-15 has tried a cigarette, whilst 10 percent of them have continued smoking on daily basis.
The data also show that the highest number of young people starts to smoke in high school, however, some of them start even at the end of elementary school.
According to the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs, which was carried out in 36 European countries in 2011, the young population in Croatia was above the European average in terms of smoking cigarettes, i.e. they placed as the 3rd among 36 countries in Europe.
On the other hand, according to the Croatian Health Survey from 2008, around 25 percent of men and 22 percent of women in Croatia smoke.
According to information, a Croatian shipping company is to build the largest ship ever built in a Croatian shipyard.
However, there is still no official confirmation from the Split shipyard Brodosplit because no contract has been signed yet, but it seems that the agreement has been reached after a year of negotiation.
Various suppliers have already been contacted to participate in the construction of the ship, whilst naval architects have been working day and night.
The cruise ship, which is to be built for a German company will be 250 metres long with 12 decks and a maximum capacity for 1,200 passengers and 600 crew members. The value of this contract is estimated at 340 million Euros.
This type of ship is usually ordered in the option ''one plus one'', i.e. one firm plus one optional new building.
Despite this great news for Brodosplit and the Croatian shipping industry in general, the biggest challenge they have to face now is how to close the financial structure. Such a huge order has never been obtained in Croatia before and is beyond the Croatian frameworks. Domestic banks cannot follow the process, however, if everything goes right, the contract should be signed during this summer.
So far, the largest ship that was built in the Brodosplit shipyard was a Ro-Pax Ferry & Cargo ship ‘’Piana’’, which was delivered to the French company SNC Navale STEF-TFE in 2011. Due to its complex construction and the contracted price of 150 million Euros, this ship was the most expensive ship ever built in the Croatian shipyards.
A public institution for the management of protected areas of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County organized the action of cleaning the tracks and collecting waste in the forest park Petka (Big and Small), in cooperation with Snijeznica, Croatian mountaineering society.
The goal of this action which involved all generations was to clear the lowland paths and collect mixed waste at several locations. With this clean-up they tried to emphasize the need of greater care and attention of the preservation, improvement and protection of this forest park, as well as the overall nature of the city of Dubrovnik.
Orlando Furioso is a new event in the city that will take time from the 6th to 16th of June 2017 at two locations - the Rector's Palace and the Museum of Modern Art.
Orlando Furioso - Baroque music cycle is a festival of baroque music organized by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. Through four concerts, the orchestra will enrich Dubrovnik's cultural offer with a varied program. The musical director of this mini festival is Dmitry Sinkovsky, a world famous star of the baroque violin, a conductor and contra tenor. This multitalented Russian virtuoso is well known all over the world for his baroque music performances.
The first concert on the 6th of June will feature Sinkovsky leading the DSO String Chamber Orchestra performing the great work of the Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi: Four Seasons.
Then on the 10th of June audiences will have the opportunity to hear the masterpiece of H. Purcell, the opera Dido and Aeneas, one of the saddest antique stories about the love of the Queen of Cartagena and the Trojan Hero performed by the DSO String Quartet and the Antiphonus vocal ensemble, under the leadership of maestro Tomislav Fačini.
On Tuesday the 13th of June a concert featuring the works of D. Castell, B. Marini, J.M. Leclair, A.Vivaldi and G.F. Händel will be performed. And finally on the 16th of June Dmitry Sinkovsky will conduct the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the talented young pianist Marin Limi as a soloist will perform. The program includes pieces of J.Ch. Bach and W.A. Mozart.
This year the largest airline in Germany and the second largest in Europe, the air carrier Lufthansa is celebrating 50 years of doing business in Croatia.
According to Bernhard Wodl, the general manager of the Lufthansa Group for Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia, and Serbia, the German air carrier operates around 50 flights a week to Croatia.
''We are very pleased with the results that we have achieved in Croatia, our cooperation is very good and we fly to all larger airports in the country such as Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Pula, and Zadar'', commented Wodl. He also added that they increased the number of flights for 2017 commenting that the new airports in Zagreb and Dubrovnik would contribute greatly to better services for passengers especially tourists who fly with Lufthansa from and to Croatia.
Wodl also reminded that the cooperation between Lufthansa and Croatia started half a century ago when Boeing 727 Europa Jet aircraft operated the first Lufthansa's flight from Frankfurt to Zagreb on the 25th of August 1967.
Ever since that day Lufthansa has been connecting Croatia via its hubs of Frankfurt and Munich with more than 200 destinations across the globe, whilst through its European hubs with more than 308 destinations in 103 countries worldwide.
After opening its first store in the capital of Zagreb three years ago, the Swedish retail company is expanding its business to other parts of Croatia this summer.
This July IKEA will open its first delivery centre in the city of Rijeka, whilst in the mid-August the Swedish retail company will open another one in the City Center One in Split.
These business facilities are conceived as ''pick-up points'', places where IKEA’s customers will be able to take over their ordered goods without paying for delivery from Zagreb, which will automatically lower the purchase price.
Both ''pick-up points'' in Rijeka and Split will spread over 1,500 m2 of space and provide 500 new jobs, whilst 1,000m2 of space will be additionally arranged and converted into an exhibition space enabling customers to browse displayed products.
''Our main goal is to make Ikea's solutions accessible to customers along the coastline and to enable them to browse the desired products before buying them. It is in accordance with our global strategy to provide our customers with the most enjoyable shopping experience through several different channels'', commented Igor Stefanac, the PR manager at IKEA Croatia.
IKEA is also planning to open a few more delivery centres in the region in the near future, two of which are in Croatia. Apart from delivery centres, IKEA South East Europe (SEE) continues to open department stores throughout the region. According to information, three IKEA department stores are to be opened in the region in the next three years.
Quiet clearly this Hungarian travel agency doesn't know the difference between Croatia and Montenegro! This poster advertising holidays in Montenegro quite clearly shows a panoramic view of Dubrovnik, which again quite clearly isn’t in Montenegro.
One can only assume that the potential tourists of this agency will be a little disappointed to find out that they have been sold the wrong destination. It seems a little odd that the agency that created such a poster wouldn’t first realise that Dubrovnik (in Croatia) was not in Montenegro.
Last weekend the Abyss Dubrovnik Diving Centre carried out a special action to clean the seabed in front of the Hotel Neptun in Babin Kuk. The divers then went to depths of around 40 metres and to the shipwreck of the Italian cargo ship Taranto.
On the 15th of February 1943 the Taranto hit an underwater mine, ran into the Grebeni islands and sunk to a watery grave. At the time the ship was carrying a cargo of tractors and flour and two tractors can still be seen today along with the shipwreck which lies at a strnage 45 degree angle.
Not only did the divers clean the Dubrovnik seabed but they also had a fun dive down to this World War II wreck.
Check out the gallery of the divers in Dubrovnik