Thursday, 29 July 2021
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.


It was a full moon last night, and not only a full moon but also a so called Buck Moon. The night sky over Dubrovnik turned a rather eerie shade of orange as the full moon rose slowly. This orange coloured moon lasted for a couple of hours last night at dusk and then again this morning as the sun set.

Curiously, the Buck Moon will be a different colour depending on where you are in the world you are. But in Dubrovnik it looked like the world’s largest mandarin!

The reason for the Buck Moon appearing is due to the sun, earth and moon being in perfect alignment, but as the moon is roughly five degrees off the plan of earth's orbit, the light from the sun will fall fully on the moon's side facing earth.



The Central Bureau of Statistics has published data on population migration in Croatia. In 2020, 33,414 people immigrated to the Republic of Croatia from abroad, and 34,046 people emigrated abroad. The balance of migration of the population of the Republic of Croatia with foreign countries was negative and amounted to - 632.

In 2020, 25.3 percent of Croatian citizens and 74.7 percent of foreigners immigrated from abroad, while 61.4 percent of Croatian citizens and 38.6 percent of foreigners emigrated. In the total number of immigrants and emigrants, there is a significant share of foreigners within the annual quotas of employment permits, according to the CBS.

Out of the total number of immigrants to the Republic of Croatia, 28.2 percent immigrated from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Out of the total number of emigrants from the Republic of Croatia, most persons emigrated to Germany (34.2 percent).

And men are the most likely to enter Croatia, as the figures show that in 2020 almost 75 percent of the immigrants were male. And in the total number of emigrants abroad, there was also a higher share of men (64.4 percent). The largest number of emigrants was between the ages of 20 and 39 (47.1 percent).

In 2020, the City of Zagreb (20.0 percent) and the County of Istria (11.4 percent) had the largest share in the total number of immigrants from abroad to the Republic of Croatia.


The tourist season in Dubrovnik is in full swing, with more and more international flights landing and hotels reaching capacity. Although this summer is still only around 60 percent of the number of tourists in 2019, which was a record breaking year, it is still proving a solid year.

This week around 15,000 foreign tourists stayed in Dubrovnik, according to the eVisitor system, which is 56 percent of the number that were in the city over the same period from 2019.

At the moment the most numerous guests are from France, followed by Germany, the USA, Poland, Russia and Great Britain.


Today, Ryanair announced 8 more new routes from Zagreb at a press conference at the Zagreb airport, reports Croatia Aviation.

With the announcement of these new lines and destinations the low-cost airline will fly to a total of 24 international routes from Zagreb this December. Ryanair announced new flights to Manchester a few days ago and now they have added a further 8 new lines making the Croatian capital a hub for Ryanair.

These new destinations from Zagreb include - Malaga from December 1, twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, - Dublin from December 2, three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, - Paphos from December 3, twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, - Basel from December 3, twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, Eindhoven from December 3, twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, Thessaloniki from December 2, twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays, Malta from December 4, twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Naples from December 17, twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays.

The mentioned lines will start operating in December this year with a capacity of 180 seats.

Tickets are already on sale on the airline's official website!


In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 22 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours.

These are nine males and 13 females; seven from Dubrovnik, five from Metković, three from Opuzen, two from Korčula and two persons who do not reside in the area of the county, and one person each from Ploče, Ston and Župa dubrovačka.

Six people made a full recovery - four from Dubrovnik and one each from Konavle and Župa dubrovačka.

In the last 24 hours, 629 samples were processed, and a total of 93,918 samples have been analyzed since the beginning of the pandemic.

Ten people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. 

There are 234 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 there have been five cases of violation of the self-isolation measure. 


Although Snapchat is the most popular social media platform in the world, it is not available in every nation. Even in the West, some schools and businesses ban people from using public WiFi to view Snapchat.

Fortunately, there are several excellent VPN (Virtual Private Network) services available that allow you to circumvent any type of restriction, whether imposed by the government or by an enterprise. Plus, there's more. using a virtual private network (VPN) on your computer, smartphone, or tablet - You can get past such limitations and do things like surf the web anonymously, download files using BitTorrent, stream movies and TV shows, and so on, in addition to using Snapchat at work or school.

Snapchat's Best VPN

Starting with the list below, this post will introduce you to the best VPN for Snapchat (and other stuff). All VPN services were put to the test, and the findings proved that they can "do the job" and unblock Snapchat at work, school, and anyplace else. However, for the greatest experience, use the one at the top, which works wonders in the background as you safely and securely visit every corner of the Internet.

The Best VPNs for Snapchat in a Nutshell

In this section, the 7 best VPN for Windows(Snapchat) are quickly summarized, along with their finest and most notable features. So, aside from the necessity to unblock Snapchat at work or school, you'll have a better idea of what to select.

 iTop VPN

It is a smart VPN that allows you to bypass the settings that you would normally have to specify, such as the mail server, which is only available in the premium versions of other VPNs. It's also adaptable and simple to use. And, most importantly, iTop VPN provides a completely free version.

 NordVPN

It is one of the most widely used VPN services in the world, with over 5,000 servers in more than 60 countries.

 ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is one of the best VPS for Snapchat since it blocks your ISP and bypasses national censorship. Its ease of use also makes it stand out.

 CyberGhost VPN

CyberGhost is a virtual private network (VPN) that focuses on offering services to consumers who do not have extensive technological skills.

 CactusVPN

This is an excellent service for novices because it is simple to get up, quick, and offers excellent value. Keep in mind that everything here is simple to comprehend.

 Surfshark VPN

When compared to some of the others, Surfshark VPN hasn't been around for very long, but it rapidly developed a following due to its compatibility with all main operating systems and therefore ease of use.

 PureVPN

It is a VPN in its most basic form, as seen by the services it provides to clients. If you want a VPN (Virtual Private Network), it's just PURE.

The best free VPN for Snapchat is one that poses no risk and is completely free to use. iTop VPN protects your privacy and security by encrypting your Internet traffic using actual high-level encryption and hiding your IP address from hackers and trackers. With a single click of the Link button, it will connect you to the quickest and most stable servers available right now, all for free. More significantly, even with the free edition of iTop, you may pick from a range of worldwide network servers.

 Windows PCs, iOS devices, and Android devices are all supported.
 day money-back guarantee
 Starting at $2.31 per month (However, iTop VPN offers a 100 percent free version so, in fact, everyone could enjoy it without cost a penny.)
 Servers: There are over 1,800 servers located all over the world.

Not all VPNs on the market have AD-Block and DNS Protection.

iTop VPN has a completely free version.

There is no need for a password, a credit card, or any other sensitive information.


Due to overcrowding, some free servers are sluggish.

Only 700MB of data is allowed in the free version.


The Best VPN for Snapchat: How to Use It

In this part, you'll discover how to use iTop VPN to unblock Snapchat safely and secretly at school or at work. The steps are as follows.

Step 1: Get the best VPN for Snapcha for free.

Step 2: Download and install the iTop VPN. It will select the protocols and server on its own. If you have a special requirement, go to the settings page.

Step 3: To connect to a server, click "Connect," and Snapchat will be unlocked immediately.

That is all there is to it. This post lists the best free VPN for Windows(Snapchat). Any of the options on the list might unblock Snapchat somewhere else, so select one that appeals to you and give it a shot. If you have more demands, however, just unblock Snapchat at work or school, and the post recommends that you start at the top. Have a wonderful day!

Raksha Bandhan is an ancient Hindu festival. This year, Rakhsha Bandhan will be celebrated on 22nd August. This auspicious festival is dedicated to the pious bond between brothers and sisters. Sisters tie Rakhi on the wrist of their brothers, and in return, they receive gifts and a special promise. Brothers make a promise to keep their sisters safe and be there for them in hard times. This festival is celebrated throughout the world with great splendour. Whether your brother or sister lives abroad or in India, surprising them on the d-day must have crossed your mind. The pandemic has affected the way we celebrate festivals, but neither the distance nor the pandemic should stop you from celebrating Rakshabandhan. So, here is a list of Raksha Bandhan gift ideas through which you can surprise your sibling who lives far away!

A Digital Scrapbook


Make your sibling nostalgic by channelling your inner creativity. Go through all the photo albums you have, pick the most adorable pictures of both of you and make a digital scrapbook that is all about memories. Your digital scrapbook will be directly sent to the mailbox of your brother or sister living in any part of the world. They may be residing in countries like the USA, Australia, Singapore and more but all they need to do is to check their mail for an unforgettable surprise!

Smart Watches


If your brother or sister is crazy about smart watches, then you can get a watch for them. The watch will help them in maintaining their health and counting their steps, and more. You can easily order fancy watches from various brands like Apple, fossil and more. You can make your sibling residing in the USA or Japan feel loved just by sending the perfect watch for them.

Perfume Hamper


Perfumes are mesmerising, and there is hardly anyone who doesn't like them. Does your sister like Jimmy Choo or Prada? No matter what she wants, you can visit the official website of these brands and surprise your sister on the d-day with an aromatic perfume. You can either order your brother's favourite scent or pick a fragrance from Versace or Lacoste. You can even check out Sephora for various perfume brands and place an order from their online website. Whether you are in India or the USA, you can easily send perfume worldwide. These brands are present in almost all countries and they offer international delivery through which you can surprise your sibling on Rakhi.

Rakhi & Pooja Thali


Raksha Bandhan is a traditional festival in which Pooja Thali plays an important role. The way you decorate the Thali with Rakhi, sweets, earthen diya adds the perfect traditional vibe. If you are not present on the d-day with your brother, send him a Rakhi and Thali set to make him feel special. You can easily schedule Rakhi delivery to the USA from India by visiting the websites of various online gifting portals. Today, online gifting has become popular and there are many portals that offer hassle-free gift delivery in India, the USA, Malaysia, Canada, and all across the world. You can explore a variety of beautiful Rakhis like Kalamkari Rakhi, Stone Rakhi, American Diamond Rakhi, Om Rakhi, Cartoon Rakhi and more. You can order Pooja Thalis for your brother easily along with the Rakhis. So, get on a video call, and celebrate this festival like never before. You can even order stunning Rakhi hampers for your sibling and avail international delivery from various websites. These online portals offer same-day delivery and midnight delivery that will make the surprise all the more memorable.



Chocolates are everyone's favourite. We all used to fight over chocolates with our siblings. Bring a smile on your brother's or sister's face by ordering a box of their favourite chocolate from Hershey's or Lindt. There are many supermarkets like Coles, Walmart and more that offer delivery of these chocolates. You can easily explore the chocolates and order the ones your sibling loves the most.



Traditional sweets like Motichoor Laddoos, Kaju Katli, Besan Laddoo and more are the highlight of Raksha Bandhan. Your sibling must be craving these delicious sweets as they are an eminent part of the festival. Today, many online portals offer delivery of sweets in Melbourne, New York, Chicago, Sydney, and more cities. Brands like Sweet Kadai offer online delivery of sweets for all occasions. You can visit their online portal, place an order for the sweets and coat the occasion with sweetness.

Shopping Voucher


Does your sibling love to shop? If yes, then one of the best gifts is a shopping voucher. You can get a voucher from Zara, H&M, Sephora, Adidas and more. Your sibling can avail of the voucher online and shop to their heart's content.

All these gift ideas are perfect for surprising your sibling who resides abroad. You can make their day special and express your love by sending loads of gifts. So, make Raksha Bandhan memorable by getting on a video call and recording your sibling's superb reaction while opening all the gifts you have sent.


Yesterday’s mass Covid-19 vaccination in Dubrovnik saw a total of 674 people receive the vaccine. The open vaccination day was held yesterday afternoon in the Dubrovnik Student Dormitory and citizens were able to turn up and get vaccinated without having to book an appointment or even inform their doctor.

"Today was a great response to the vaccination in the afternoon. Thank you to all our fellow citizens who, by behaving responsibly, are protecting themselves and others. Thank you 674 times,” commented the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic.


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