Monday, 06 July 2020
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.


Referred to as a mini-motor home a Class C RV is a smaller version of the larger motor home. It has all the same conveniences as in the larger models. The Class C Recreational Vehicle is built on the standard Van chassis of the heavier duty class ¾ to 1 ton versions. The cab section is kept and the RV section is added on.

The Class C comes in 20 to 28 foot in length and range $38,000 to $68,000. The Class C has many of the same amenities as the larger motor home some with more luxuries than others. You just find them a little more scaled down from the Class A motor home.

Retirees find the Class C perfect in size and not quite as expensive to buy and operate as the Class A. They have a nice functional living space in just a smaller motor home.

he work very well for both extended stays and weekend getaways. They have extra bunk over the cab and the main bedroom is located in rear it adds a little more in sleeping arrangements then the Class A. This makes them a little more flexible for larger families.


The Class C RV will sleep 6 to 8 people and some of the newer models now have the slide-outs for the sleeping and dining areas.

Driving a Class C RV is more like driving a normal size vehicle kind of feels like driving a Van. The dually provides a little more solid driving experience with a chassis that is a little more heavy duty.

They still come loaded with plenty of value and luxury the floor plans are roomy and make RVing a pleasure. You will find plenty of storage comfortable furnishings and prices that are affordable.

Another nice option you can get with the Class C RV is you can get them diesel powered. Diesel costs more but you more than make up for the cost with much better mileage. Not to mention the diesel engine will last 3 to 4 times longer than a gas burner. The extra power that the diesel has makes pulling the extra weight make life a lot easier also.


The Swiss national airline, Swiss Air, and its leisure sister flight company Edelweiss have announced the launch of routes to Croatia from the beginning of July.

The Edelweiss line will fly from Zurich to Split twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays, since mid-June, while in July it will increase to four times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, reports Croatian Aviation

In July, Edelweiss will launch two more lines from Zurich, to Dubrovnik and Pula.

The connection from Zurich to Dubrovnik will be open once a week, every Friday, from the 3rd of July. And the flight from Zurich to Pula will also be operated once a week, every Saturday, from the 4th of July.

Swiss Air is currently planning only one seasonal line to Croatia this year. In the period from the 4th of July to the 29th of August, Swiss will operate once a week on the line Geneva - Dubrovnik (every Saturday). 


The Croatia capital was once again struck by an earthquake last night, although thankfully this time it was a very mild one.

The magnitude of the earthquake was 1.4 and the epicentre was 6 kilometres north of the centre of Zagreb.

The weak earthquake hit the capital shortly after midnight on Monday.


Today, the 22nd of June, is a national holiday across Croatia, Anti-Fascist Struggle Day.

Anti-Fascist Struggle Day is a national holiday and celebration in Croatia. It is celebrated on June 22, as it marks the beginning of the uprising of Croatian anti-fascist Partisans against German and Italian occupying forces, that started with the forming of the First Sisak Partisan Detachment on June 22, 1941, near Sisak, Croatia.


More and more people are traveling the world, which can be a highly personally enriching experience but can also open you up to a wide array of infectious bacteria. Many factors, like the quality of the water available, the climate you are in and the humidity percentage all contribute to the spread and proliferation of different viruses. If you are planning a trip to an unfamiliar or particularly distant region, you should understand all of the health risks you are taking, as well as educate yourself on how to best preserve your health.

Will the Environment Affect Me?

When you think of the health risks you might face when traveling, infectious diseases are what you most likely imagine. While yes, infectious diseases that travel from person to person are definitely something you want to guard against, your environment can also play a large role in your overall health. If the area that you are traveling to is known for its heat and humidity, many people face heatstroke or damage from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. In a hot, humid environment many parasites and bacteria thrive. Protect your intestinal health as well as regulate the temperature of your body.

How is the water?

It is a sad fact of life that many places do not have tap water that is safe for most people's immune systems. To protect yourself from waterborne microbes that can wreak havoc on your system, choose bottled water when it is available. If it is not, boiling tap water is usually enough to make it safe for ingestion. If you do not have access to a heat source, there are a number of water purification tablets available now that are small enough to fit in a pocket and are really effective against microorganisms that may cause cholera, typhus and giardia. To prevent these ailments, thoroughly clean any water you drink, use for cooking, or use to brush your teeth.

What about the food?

For many of us, a small stomach bug may mean a day or two of nausea, and an extra-long nap. However, when you are traveling, being comfortable while dealing with severe stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea are a lot harder. Making sure the water you drink is clean and free of bacteria is one great way to guard against stomach ailments, but you should also be on guard around food. While packaged food may be safe, inspect food preparation processes and rely on reviews from locals before trying a delicacy.

What if I Have to go to the Hospital?

While the quality of the healthcare may not be what you are used to, rest assured that many hospitals all over the world are able to get you to a full recovery. Did you know that travel insurance can protect your health as well as your itinerary? Click here to find out more about travel insurance. It can be comforting to know that for a small fee, you can have any treatments you might need when traveling completely covered. There are many types available, so it is certain you can find one that fits your needs.

What if I have an Accident?

Did you know that traffic collisions are the single most common cause of death for those who are traveling internationally? Many of the deaths occur in countries that are still developing, as their trauma care procedure is not fully formed yet. In a lot of these countries, the traffic laws are not properly enforced, leading to greater danger when on the roads. It is best to find alternate means of transportation if you must travel by road. However, if you have to go by car, there are some practical measures you can take to ensure your safety. The first and most important is to educate yourself about the laws in whatever area you are in. You will also want to inspect the car and make sure everything is working as it should be. As with any country, you never want to travel in a car with a driver who has been drinking alcohol, or operate a vehicle if you have been drinking.

Will I get attacked?

Especially in developing countries, violence against a person is more likely to happen. If a region is known for their alcohol consumption or illicit drug use, the chances of experiencing a violent encounter are likewise increased. Especially where alcohol and drugs are present, you want to avoid getting involved in an argument that could turn physical. You will also want to stay vigilant against the chance of muggings in the day as well as at night. If you are going to a particularly remote area, hire a local interpreter or guide to help you out of any misunderstandings.

What about my Mental Health?

Traveling is often recommended as a relaxing way to improve your mental health, but the truth is that it can be exhausting. The stress of being away from any sort of support network, as well as having to adapt to new customs and even a whole new currency is just too much even for the healthiest among us. Even if a mental disorder never emerged before travel, the stress involved in it may exacerbate predispositions toward a disease or disorder. You should also be aware that the standard of mental care may vary from country to country. If you start to feel a little stressed, take a mental day just to relax and enjoy the scenery of another country. This is usually sufficient to recharge.

Traveling around the world may open up a lot of new horizons for you, but it can also open your body up to a lot of risk from various diseases. While you are planning your trip, it can be helpful to educate yourself on the diseases commonly known to affect travelers to your chosen part of the world. The dangers can come from a lot of different sources, so it is important to be on your guard.

Today, after a long time, the National Civil Protection Headquarters held a press conference regarding the new increase in the number of coronavirus patients in Croatia. The Minister of Health, Vili Beroš, reported “To date, the total number of patients is 2,317. Currently, there are 71 active patients. In the past 24 hours, we have 18 new patients, one person less than yesterday.”

There are 10 new patients in Zagreb, 1 in the Zagreb County, 1 in the Split-Dalmatia County, 5 in the Osijek-Baranja County and 1 in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. There are no seriously ill people. 9 people are hospitalized and no one is on a ventilator.

Beros added that there are currently around 150,000 tourists throughout Croatia and there aren’t any cases of Covid-19 amongst them.

“We must continue to be aware that this is a disease with possible dangerous consequences. Social and economic life continue, but health and life are the most important, so we will take the measures necessary to keep the health situation stable,” said Beroš.


Croatia’s national airline has announced a range of new flights and new destinations, including routes from Dubrovnik.

Croatia Airlines have introduced a new flight schedule for Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Split, which will come into force on the 6th of July. This new schedule not only means new international destinations but also an increase in flight frequencies inside Croatia, reports Croatian Aviation

One of the most important international connections for Croatia, the Zagreb to Frankfurt line, will be increased heavily and will operate 32 times a week. This connection is important as Frankfurt is a major world hub, meaning Zagreb and indeed Croatia, will have a regular connection to distant destinations. The flights will operate four times a day on Mondays and Sundays, and three times a day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and on Saturdays twice a day.

Also the Croatian capital will see daily flights from Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Munich and Sarajevo, while flights to Zurich, Dubrovnik and Split will operate twice a day.

Another international connection for Zagreb will be to Brussels, and this connection will be operated 8 times a week, twice a day on Wednesdays and Fridays, and on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays once a day.



There will also be three flights a week to Paris, London, Dublin and Vienna, while planes to Rome will take off four times a week.

Zagreb will also be connected to Zadar and Pula seven times a week, and a direct line to the island of Brac will be introduced twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

And the new lines and connections from Croatia Airlines don’t stop at Zagreb. Split will see direct flights to Copenhagen, London, Vienna and Paris. And a direct flight between Split and Frankfurt will operate five times a week, while the lines to Munich and Zurich will operate three times a week.

And the southernmost airport in Croatia, Dubrovnik Airport, will also get new connections from Croatia Airlines. Dubrovnik will receive new direct flights from Dusseldorf and Zurich. And a Dubrovnik to Frankfurt connection will be introduced four times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. And an internal flight connection between Dubrovnik and Osijek will start, once a week on Thursdays.

Tickets on all these lines are on sale on the Croatia Airlines website.



The average net salary of employees in legal entities in the city of Zagreb in March this year amounted to 7,772 Kuna, which is a nominal increase of 0.8 percent compared to March last year, according to Zagreb statistics.

Compared to the average monthly salary for March at the level of Croatia, which amounted to HRK 6,713, the average Zagreb net salary paid for the same month was higher by HRK 1,059.

According to the Department of Statistics of the City Office for Strategic Planning and City Development, the highest average net salary in legal entities in Zagreb was paid in the financial services industry, except insurance and pension funds, in the amount of HRK 12,503.

In contrast, the lowest net salary for March was paid in the manufacture of leather and related products, in the amount of HRK 4,015.

The average monthly paid gross salary in legal entities in the City of Zagreb in March amounted to HRK 11,058, which is a nominal increase of 0.5 percent compared to March 2019.


The Voice of Dubrovnik


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