Friday, 16 November 2018
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


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.

Donald J Trump is the 45th President of the United States of America. In a historic win for the Republican candidate, this is the first time that a President with no political or military experience has been elected.

Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman, defeated Hillary Clinton around 7.30 CET when he took both Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to break the magic number of 270.

Clinton phoned Trump to congratulate him on his victory and moments later he addressed a packed victory audience with the words “I will be a President for all Americans and I want all Americans to work together.”

Ivanka Trump, Donald’s daughter, raised eyebrows this summer when she holidayed in Dubrovnik on her father’s yacht with her friend and former wife of the media mogul Rupert Murdoch, Wendi Deng Murdoch. It was rumoured that Wendi was dating Russian President, Vladimir Putin, rumours that Wendi later denied.

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Ivanka Trump with Wendi Murdoch in Dubrovnik this summer 

Beliebers are ready! The big Justin Bieber concert in Zagreb is just a day away and all the fans are really excited. Where he will stay and when he will come are two big secrets, but the organizers have discovered his wishes – writes It seems that Justin has reserved rooms in three luxury Zagreb hotels – Sheraton, Esplanada and Westin under secret names, so he can be sure that the army of fans doesn't jump on him as soon as he arrives. 

To feel like home Justin has requested a jacuzzi, since he relaxes in it after every concert. Because of that, it has to be right at the place where the concert is held. Some of the things that Justin just can't live without must be imported from Canada, such as Big Foots and Sour Patch sweets and Captain Crunch cereals.

Also, Justin's private chef who follows him on his tour will make meals from fresh and domestic products bought on the famous Zagreb green market – Dolac. One of the specialties that Justin will eat is fresh fish right from the Adriatic and he also wants to try 'strukle', one of the traditional Croatian meals. Since he's a big pizza lover, he also demanded to try the best pizza in Zagreb, made with finest ingredients and baked in a wood oven.

Bieber has prepared a great concert for his audience and he also plans to play guitar, piano and drums. His crew consists of over 150! We're sure that his fans will enjoy the spectacle in Arena Zagreb.

In September and October this year Jadranski Galenski Laboratorij (JGL), the Croatian pharmaceutical company from Rijeka, exported the first quantities of its product line Aqua Maris to the markets of Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia.

This export is a result of cooperation with the company Favorex, the branch company of the renowned Swiss company DKSH, which has operated the markets of ASEAN region for more than 150 years. Considering the fact that the ASEAN region has a great potential of growth, the beginning of JGL's sales activities in this area is a significant step forward for the Croatian company in the business globalization.

Apart from the export markets of Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia, it is interesting to add that the cooperation with Favorex was expanded to the market of Philippines last month.

The JGL company in cooperation with the Port of Rijeka organized the delivery of the goods with so called reefer containers in which the goods are insured by special air bags, which is the latest innovation in the world of logistics.




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