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THE TALES OF JUGO

Some weeks ago, I met Bura. Then, while on a sailing course, I met another Croatian giant, Jugo. I had heard about him, and in theory, I had felt it, also in the mountains. Now, after my experience in the sea, I have a better understanding of his character. I am so impressed by giants here, so let me tell you about them!
June 24, 2022
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WHO ARE THE CROATIAN WOMEN AWARDED WITH FIERCE WOMEN AWARD?

The 16th Vox Feminae festival started May 4th with an award ceremony – and it’s not any award, it’s the Fierce Women award. It is an award for remarkable individuals who have impacted our society through their actions, accomplishments, and creations. Over 80 women were nominated as fighters for a more righteous and more equal […]
May 27, 2022
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SUDAMJA: CELEBRATING SAINT DOMINUS, SPLIT’S PATRON SAINT

One of the biggest symbols of Split is probably the bell tower of the Saint Dominus Cathedral, but not everyone knows the story of the life and death of Saint Dominus. Locally known as sveti Duje (try: sveh-tee Doo-ye), Saint Dominus is the patron saint of Split. Every year on May 7th people of Split […]
May 6, 2022
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MEET YOUR LOCAL WILLY WONKA: FIRST CROATIAN PRODUCER OF BEAN-TO-BAR CRAFT CHOCOLATES

When I met Marinko Biškić, it was obvious from the very beginning that this man has not only manners and style, but he’s also one of those legendary characters you find in movies. Marinko had greeted me with apologies about his looks (needless to say he looked flawless) as he just came from his garage, […]
April 29, 2022
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HOW TO PROPERLY RECYCLE IN CROATIA: STARTING NOW

If we really want to take responsibility for our environment and our planet, we should consider recycling more seriously and pay more attention to waste management. We’ll be able to see the results only if we manage our waste properly. On the other hand, we need to be aware of the fact that not all […]
April 22, 2022
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THERE IS NO PLANET B: CAVES AND CENOTES IN NEED OF PROTECTION

I write this because I am worried and writing raises awareness. Underground caves are important and should be preserved. It is sad to know that most of them around the world are threatened. I want to thank Dora, from Rent a Local team for all the support she has been giving me. I started this […]
April 15, 2022
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CROATIAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND HEALTH INSURANCE IN CROATIA

Today we are globally celebrating health awareness day to draw attention to a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. On this day, April 7th, we also mark the anniversary of the founding of The World Health Organization in 1948. To contribute to World Health day, we have put together a […]
April 7, 2022
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IF YOU WANT SOMEONE TO BE HAPPY - FEED THAT SOMEONE

Hubby and I have been in the Digital Nomad Valley for a while, we have met some amazing people but the thing is that they come and go. When we arrived there were so many people here, so many events, so many activities to do. Every week we had dinners, tours, hikes, sea swims, etc. […]
April 1, 2022
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A QUICK GUIDE FOR UKRAINIANS ON ASYLUM IN CROATIA

People who left Ukraine from February 24th onwards are eligible for a type of asylum called temporary protection; temporary protection is an exceptional measure to provide immediate and temporary protection to displaced persons from non-EU countries and those unable to return to their country of origin. This is the first time the EU has activated […]
March 31, 2022
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FAVOURITE PLACES TO SHOP, EAT AND INDULGE IN ZAGREB

In this week's blog post we're sharing ideas on where to buy local produce, where to eat and indulge in Zagreb. We couldn't think of a better person to share recommendations than Anđela Ivčević, the lovely lady behind IG gastro profile @lil__kitchen. Not only has @lil__kitchen inspired us to try out new delicious recipes, but […]
March 25, 2022
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HOW TO SUCCEED AT ALL EXPAT EVENTS: 7 QUESTIONS TO ROCK THE TABLE AND FIND THE RIGHT PEOPLE

Aren’t we all extremely tired of asking and answering the same questions aaaall over again? Where I am from… What am I doing here… How long am I staying… What do I do for a living… Where do I plan to go next… I’m boring myself just by typing them right now. But, wait! Stay […]
March 18, 2022
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ZADAR THROUGH A NOSE

In this week's blog post our guest author Alejandra Gotóo is exploring how it feels to experience a city through olfactory sensation. What scents do you associate with the town you live in here in Croatia? Our five senses help us to experience the world. But how often do we pay attention to them? There […]
March 11, 2022
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HALF EXPAT, HALF LOCAL: WHAT FOMO SYNDROME FEELS LIKE FOR A CROATIAN DIASPORA DIGITAL NOMAD GIRL

María Daniela Latorre has lived in Split since last year, and is part of the Croatian diaspora in Argentina. Her great-grandfather was born in Kučine, in Solin, and she is the first of her family to return to the land of her ancestors. Daniela studied Psychology and works as a writer, and also coaching other […]
March 4, 2022
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MEETING THE BURA

Meet our new blog associate Alejandra Gotóo (1991), who studied English Literature and recently graduated with a Masters of Social Anthropology. Her dissertation on COVID-19 and its effects on the mind and body of Mexican physicians will be published soon. She usually writes in Spanish and has been published in Spain, Mexico, Colombia and Peru. […]
February 25, 2022
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CARNIVAL SEASON IN CROATIA

Have you ever thought about which Carnival you would like to see one day? Discover new customs, enjoy the euphoria of the festival, and just have a smile on your face. Well, let me tell you that you don't want to miss the ones in Croatia, because they know how to celebrate this time of […]
February 21, 2022
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THE LEGEND OF MILJENKO AND DOBRILA: KAŠTELA’S TRAGIC LOVERS

The tragic romance of Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous love stories ever written. Shakespeare based his play on the life of two real lovers from Verona who lived and died for each other. Not many people know there was a similar story of a doomed relationship just on the other side […]
February 14, 2022
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WALKING IN EXPAT'S SHOES: DATING APPS IN CROATIA

What's the difference in online dating between the French city of love and Croatia - the pearl of Adriatic? A French expat in Croatia was on a mission to find out! I’m from France and we can all agree that Paris is one the most romantic places in the world. Do you know a better […]
February 7, 2022
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WORKING-FRIENDLY CAFES IN ZAGREB&SPLIT: A QUEST FOR THE BEST

If you've got tired from working in your pyjamas and you have decided to swap your work-from-home for work-from-café, you will notice that you have a lot of options for working-friendly cafes in Croatia. Being Italy’s neighbours, we have adopted the coffee culture in Croatia, and the offer of cafes is more than decent, even […]
January 29, 2022
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BIKE-FRIENDLY ZAGREB: WHY YOU SHOULD START CYCLING AROUND CROATIA’S CAPITAL

Photo: Francisca Sousa, Goran ZecIf you’re living in Zagreb you might have noticed winter weather doesn’t affect the bike enthusiasts who keep on cycling despite the cold. A survey conducted 5 years ago showed that Zagreb was ranked 6th most bike-friendly capital in Europe. To find out more about the rising trend of using bicycles […]
January 21, 2022
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ZAGREB THROUGH NEWCOMER'S EYES - COULD YOU RELATE?

All photo credits go to Francisca SousaFrancisca Sousa changed her Portugese home for a couple of months and has just settled in Zagreb to do her internship. We asked Francisca to share some of her first impressions of the city, and after you read let us know which Francisca's thoughts you found relatable. I had […]
January 16, 2022
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SPEND CHRISTMAS EVE LIKE A LOCAL: CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS IN CROATIA YOU SHOULD KNOW

How Croatians celebrate Christmas Eve and why the smell of sarma brings a smile on our face every time, find out below! CATHOLIC TRADITIONS Christmas time is meant to be celebrated with your closest ones: family and friends. It’s a season of giving, showing gratitude and love. Preparations for this joyful season start 4 weeks […]
December 17, 2021
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THE ONLY GUIDE YOU NEED FOR ADVENT IN ZAGREB

Holiday times are ahead of us and that means it’s time to whistle Mariah Carey songs and try out best mulled wine and sausages. After Advent in Zagreb has been voted best Christmas market in Europe three years in a row, we started exploring this year’s rich cultural and entertaining programme that offers much more […]
December 10, 2021
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HOUSING IN CROATIA: HOW TO FIND IT LIKE A LOCAL

If you’ve ever found yourself considering moving to Croatia, be it short-term or for a longer period, one of the first things you probably searched for is housing. The key aspect of international relocation is finding a new home where you can start exploring the country and culture.Current global trends in the housing market haven’t […]
November 26, 2021
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LONAC AFTER A YEAR BREAK FROM PAINTING MURALS: IT FEELS LIKE THE FIRST DAY BACK IN THE GYM

Foto: Lonac & Petra MilovacAfter this year's edition of xSTatic street art festival hosted artists Jarus and Lonac to paint the concrete towers of Spaladium Arena, we had the opportunity to talk to Lonac, the Zagreb-based visual artist. Colourful artwork done by Lonac and Jarus brought some joy to the previously sad and grey concrete […]
November 5, 2021
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PAUL BRADBURY: ZAGREB IS BECOMING THE BEST PLACE I HAVE EVER LIVED IN

Foto: Morski.hrWe spoke with Paul Bradbury, a man who doesn't need too much introduction. Owner and editor-in-chief of Total Croatia News gave us an interview on the occasion of Days of Croatian Tourism, or as he likes to call it - Days of Croatian Self-Congratulation. Paul told us his story about life in Croatia, it's […]
October 28, 2021
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MEET FLOR: A YOUNG ARGENTINIAN WHO MADE SPLIT HER NEW HOME

Scroll down for Spanish version! Meet Flor, a young Argentinian who ended up living in Croatia in the middle of pandemics. Upon her arrival to Croatia, she was so stunned by its beauty and lifestyle, she eventually decided to stay here in Split. Today, Flor is working as a brand manager and she's in charge […]
October 22, 2021
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MISHKA BOUTIQUE: LITTLE PARADISE FOR VINTAGE LOVERS

After we went vintage shopping at Mishka Boutique, we had a conversation with this lovely vintage store’s owner Sandra Zamberlin. After she quit teaching, Sandra opened this charming vintage boutique and turned her passion into business. Mishka boutique is a relatively new vintage store in town, and yet everyone knows it and shops at it. […]
October 15, 2021
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DANIELA ROGULJ ON HOW LIVING IN SPLIT GAVE A NEW MEANING TO LIFESTYLE

Born to Croatian parents in California, Daniela Rogulj was exposed to Croatian culture while growing up in a small town near San Diego. Even though she was never planning to move to Croatia, it’s been 6 years now since she’s been living in Split and started her career as COO of Total Croatia News. She […]
October 8, 2021
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UNDERGROUND SOCIETY: MEET THE PEOPLE BRINGING HIP HOP BACK TO THE STREETS OF SPLIT

When one thinks of hip hop, it's inevitable to think of the streets of Bronx, NY and the names of forefathers such as Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash. But hip hop has gone a long way since the '80s: it's become an international culture, a movement connecting MCs, beatboxers, DJs, graffiti writers and dancers throughout […]
October 1, 2021
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DIŠPETOŽA: WHEN DEFIANCE MEETS HUMOR

Words from the Dalmatian dialect often get thrown around in commercial settings, thus getting turned into a cliché. Need we even mention phrases like pomalo or fjaka? Yet every once in a while, a genuine figure appears whose usage of words isn't a marketing trick, but an example of how to practice what you preach […]
September 24, 2021
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UPCOMING 8TH EDITION OF XSTATIC FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD IN OCTOBER: HERE'S HOW IT ALL STARTED

Right before the 8th edition of xSTatic urban culture festival, we had an opportunity to talk to one of the festival’s organizers and one of the Split’s first graffiti artists, SenkOne. Born and raised in Split, SenkOne is writing graffiti since 1994., and apart from that he claims to be a typical Croatian: a father, […]
September 17, 2021
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IF YOUR WAITING TIME SMELLS LIKE ESPRESSO ITALIANO, IMAGINE WHAT YOUR CLOTHES SMELL LIKE

Foto: Duje Klarić/CropixWe don’t know how many of you have ever washed your clothes in a laundromat, and hopefully after this interview you will. At least we did. We spoke with Antonio Čipčić, the owner of Split’s cosiest laundromat Music Laundry.When we imagine laundromats, the first thing that crosses our mind are numerous movie scenes […]
September 10, 2021
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TATUIROVKE: THE REVIVAL OF HANDPOKE TECHNIQUE USED BY OUR GRANDMOTHERS

We spoke with Yvonne Tadić, a young tattoo artist behind Tatuirovke, who told us all about her work and handpoke technique. Today we are witnessing a huge revival of handpoked tattoos, a technique very attractive for all those who are considering doing their first tattoos, as well as for those who are already inked. Croatian […]
September 3, 2021
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AN OLD LADY'S SUMMER?

Altweibersommer (de.) vénasszonyok nyara (hu.) babí léto (cz.) бабье лето (rus.) One of the reasons why Croatia attracts so many expats, except the crystal-clear Adriatic seawater, is its mild Mediterranean climate and sunny weather throughout the year. For example, island Hvar is enjoying its reputation of the sunniest island with astonishing 2700 sunny hours a […]
August 26, 2021
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CROATIA IN FIRST PERSON

As with everyone's plans for 2020, my plans changed as well and I never thought about living permanently in Croatia! However, from the minute landed I fell in love with the the country. I left Argentina 3 years ago, lived in Australia for 2 years and then my plan was to travel around Asia and […]
January 5, 2021
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A GAY CROATIA?

Even though Croatia has come a long way in LGBTQAI+ rights ever since decriminalizing homosexual activities way back in 1977, when it was part of Yugoslavia, the young country still has a long way to go towards fully embracing gay culture. The bulk of the problem consists in Croatia’s tradition being deeply rooted in Catholicism, […]
October 19, 2020
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WHO YOU GONNA CALL?

Well, that depends on the situation. We’ve put together a list of some critical phone numbers to have on hand in Croatia. The international calling code for our country is +385, or 00385. Dial that number first if you are calling from a foreign phone. If you are calling from a Croatian provider, just dial […]
August 14, 2020
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COVID-19 IN CROATIA

Unless you have been living under a rock - or in a very isolated village in Lika - you know that the world is experiencing a historic pandemic. Sadly, Croatia is no exception with 6,050 sick people, 5,078 recovered patients, and 161 total deaths - and the numbers are only growing. Acting responsibly is the […]
August 14, 2020
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WILL I BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE IN ENGLISH?

According to the Croatian Bureau of Statistics, over 80% of Croatians speak English! You'll be hard-pressed to find someone who does NOT speak English to at least some degree. Under-30s in particular tend to have an excellent grasp of English. In fact, according to the 2019 English Proficiency Index test, Croatia ranks 14th in the […]
August 10, 2020
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WHY LIVE IN CROATIA?

Out of all the places in the world, why pick Croatia? There are many answers to that question. Let us begin with the obvious – Croatia is beautiful. There is the never-ending crystal blue coastline of the Adriatic, of course, but other parts of the country should not be neglected either, such as the untouched […]
August 2, 2020
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