Monday, 25 June 2018
Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović – a senior journalist at The Dubrovnik Times. Born and raised in Dubrovnik, Ivana (or Smile as she is known to all) graduated Media Studies from the University of Dubrovnik. A book worm, coffee addict and want-to-be world traveller Ivana brings her unique local insight, connections and general optimistic and well smiley feel to the Times.


Instagram is full of interesting photos from Dubrovnik, but some seem to stand out a bit more than the others. Two of those are for surely Just Andreas Salvesen and Elizabeth Groven – a power couple that run their own company Salvesen & Co. Recently they have visited Dubrovnik and shared some amazing photos, so we just had to discover a little bit more about them.

Can you introduce yourselves to our readers?

We´re a creative and active couple from Norway, in our mid twenties. We work with photography, videography and digital marketing, and run our own company Salvesen & Co. Elizabeth is an earlier professional ballet dancer and Just Andreas is an earlier football player.

When did you decide to travel around the world?

First of all, we are not a typical traveling couple. We´re based in Oslo, Norway, where we help different companies with creating campaigns, run their social media channels and produce their content. Most of our traveling comes from collaborations with different tourism boards (example: Visit Croatia, Visit Britain, Visit Wales).

We love to travel, but this is not our main focus. We only want to create fun and entertaining content, so when we get asked to travel somewhere that is only a bonus.

What countries have you visited for now?

As a couple we have not visited too many places yet, as we have only been doing this together for a year. We have been to the United States (Los Angeles, Hawaii), Great Britain, and now Croatia.

Is it challenging to travel as a couple, what are the benefits?

It's not challenging at all! We love traveling together and it´s amazing to get to experience the world with your better half.


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You seem to have really interesting photos, how much time does it take to make a perfect photo?

Thank you! This really depends on the photo and place. We spend a lot of time on editing and we want that every photo tells a story.

You are keen on editing too, how do you get ideas?

We get ideas from brainstorming, videos on youtube and we do find inspiration from other channels on instagram and more. If we have an idea we just try it out and see how it looks like.

A lot of people are following you on your journey, does that make you motivated?

It is exciting that a lot of people want to follow us, but to be honest our main goal is to show our creative side to brands and future collaboration partners.


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You've just been to Dubrovnik, what are your impressions?

Dubrovnik was beautiful and it was really exciting to learn about all the history. We are also big fans of Game of Thrones, so it was exciting to see the real locations from the tv-series. We really enjoyed our stay there and we were lucky enough to spend two nights at Hotel Grand Villa Argentina.

What are your favourite places in Dubrovnik?

Oh, It´s difficult to pick a favorite place! But the view from the the cable car, which showed a panorama view of the whole city was amazing. We also enjoyed an amazing dinner at the Kopun restaurant. One of our favorite restaurant in Croatia so far!

Is it hard to make that perfect shot in our City?

It´s easy to take perfect photos in a beautiful city! The only challenge was all the tourists and the heat.


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How about Croatia in general, what is your experience?

We were lucky to see a lot of Croatia in only 5 days! We went to KRKA National park, Sibenik, Split, Makarska, Ston and Dubrovnik and we loved all of it. We would love to visit your beautiful country again.

Where are you traveling next?

We are not sure yet, but we are planning a romantic vacation to Thailand. Stay tuned and make sure to follow us on @Elizabethgroven @Justandreas and!

Have you heard for 'sniffer bees'? It seems that they have been successfully used for the first time to find mines Croatia, according to Daily Mail.

-The honeybees led mine clearance teams to unexploded bombs in Croatia after they were trained to hone in on the smell of explosives. The bees could prove more effective than sniffer dogs in some circumstances because they can work for longer and are cheaper to use, experts say- Daily Mail reports.

It seems that attempts to rear bees that hunt explosives have been ongoing for four years and this is the first time that they have been successful!

-Dr Ross Gillander a physicist from St Andrews University helped design equipment which detects if bees are returning to the hive with tiny traces of explosives. Once confirmed, footage from drones was used to pinpoint the spot at which the bees picked up the traces – Daily Mail writes, adding that promising early results of the ongoing trials in Croatia suggest more of the millions of abandoned mines around the world could be cleared up faster, potentially sparing thousands of lives.

According to the article, real-world tests using bees from local hives started in Croatia in November last year and were funded by NATO Science for Peace and Security. Dr Gillander confirmed the bees had found mines and other explosives lost during Croatia's four-year struggle for independence from Yugoslavia which started in 1991.

If you want to learn more about 'sniffer bees', go to the original article here.

The fourth edition of La Petit Festival Du Theatre started with the Japanese tea ceremony in the Rector's Palace on Thursday. This year’s edition is inspired by the ‘Land of the rising sun’.

This cultural manifestation has transformed into Dubrovnik's June tradition, and this year, except in Lazareti, it will also take place on the beach Veliki Zali.

The twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Japan and Croatia was selected as an official event over which the patronage was taken over by the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Croatia.

The festival's creator Vinko Prizmic emphasized that this year he found inspiration in the celebration of love and the sun, and the tea ceremony was presented by Shinichi Ogawa, Akemi Matsunaga and Ryuichiro Kawase. They even served tea to the statue of Miho Pracat.

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Photos by Zeljko Tutnjevic

In cooperation with the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and the Foundation Caboga Stiftung, the German vocal ensemble Singer Pur will perform in Dubrovnik tonight, Thursday 14th. Concert will be held in the summer residence of Bunic-Kaboga at 9 pm.

Singer Pur is a German vocal sextet founded in 1991 by five former members of the Regensburger Domspatzen to sing jazz repertoire. In 1994 a soprano joined the group and since then Singer Pur focussed more and more on early and romantic music. But the vocal ensemble has no stylistic limitations and its programmes include anything performable by voices. Singer Pur has recorded more than 20 CDs, some of them highly awarded and a clear example of its versatility. Singer Pur has given concerts and workshops in more than 50 countries all over the world.

Their programs include everything that can be performed in the voice from medieval to avant-garde music, a handful of new compositions and arrangements written for them and various forms of improvisation. The program that will perform the ensemble for the Dubrovnik audience is called Sumer is icumen in.

In cooperation with the public transport company Libertas Dubrovnik, a bus to Bunic-Kaboga is organized. It is departing at 8:30 pm from the station Pile and will also stop at the bus station on Vukovar Street.

Today is the World Blood Donor Day and it was really special in Dubrovnik. Blood donors Nestor Nestorov and Antonia Mercep revelaed a blood donor monument by the Red Cross Dubrovnik in front of the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

According to the idea of the Red Cross Dubrovnik, born five years ago, the monument was carved by Bozo Runje, with the help of the company "Stijena". The monument symbolizes a "gift of heart" with eight drops representing four blood groups with two Rh factors.

The Croatian Red Cross marks a number of significant anniversaries this year: 140 years since the founding of the Red Cross on the territory of the Republic of Croatia, 65 years after the first organized voluntary blood donation organized by the Croatian Red Cross and 25 years of recognition of the Croatian Red Cross as a full member of the International Red Cross Movement.

Red Cross Dubrovnik, together with Zagreb and Zadar, is one of the three oldest societies founded in 1878.

Blood donors are the treasure of each country. There is a stable group of blood donors in the Republic of Croatia. A monument to blood donors is a lasting memory and thanks to noble people, blood donors, all of our anonymous heroes. This is another monument to blood donors in the Republic of Croatia. The first one was made by the Red Cross Karlovac.

Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic participated on the panel "Collaborative, Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Cities and Communities" held at the summit "The Responsible Business Summit Europe " in London.

On the panel, which deals with socially responsible management and sustainable tourism, with the application of innovation, participated also an university professor and journalist and cruise tourism expert Thomas P. Illes and Gloria Guevara Manzo, president and chief executive officer of the World Travel & Tourism Council and the panel was moderated by journalist and business advisor Jeremy Skidmore.

Mayor Frankovic presented the moves that City of Dubrovnik took during the first year of the city's administration, focusing on the "Respect the City" innovation project, pointing out that the positive effects of the solutions that have been applied so far are visible.
- The main goal of this project is to transform Dubrovnik from the city in which tourism takes place in a city that is responsible for managing tourism, as well as positioning as a recognized center of sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean – Frankovic said.

The mayor reminded that Dubrovnik was the first local government to open a dialogue with cruise companies and the cruise line organization CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), exposing the threats that a large number of tourist arrivals has to cultural heritage in the historic, secured city center and other related challenges.

-There is still a lot of additional steps to be done, but we have achieved very much in a short time with the cooperation with CLIA - the mayor concluded, highlighting open and partnership relations with the cruise market as the basic platform for successful work in this field.

Mayor Frankovic emphasized that the sustainability of tourism needs unqualified support from all stakeholders in tourism, because that’s a real guarantee that Dubrovnik will remain on that path and will fully complete the process of implementing the management direction that has successfully started.

All panelists, as well as other presenters, highlighted Dubrovnik as a role model to many other, similar destinations that face a large number of tourists in the destination, and overcome the conclusion that positive steps are possible if there is a will of the administration.

Football mania has officialy started in Dulcic Masle Pulitika Gallery last night, just one more day before Fifa World Cup starting in Russia. It's called 'Football in Croatian Painting' and this is the first exhibition to show how much painters have been inspired by football; so-called "second most important thing in the world".

In the period of one month, from June 13th to July 8th, in the Dulcic Masle Pulitika Gallery all interested will be able to see 25 works of 17 Croatian painters: from classics of Ivo Dulcic, Ljubo Babic and Omer Mujadzic to contemporary authors such as Tomislav Buntak, Boris Svaljek, Boris Bucan, Josko Eterovic and Grgur Akrap.

The ball and its simple circular shape with magical power attract millions of views of all skin colors: yellow, black, white; by wiping out every racial, social and national specificity, and playing football is a kind of social phenomenon pervaded by numerous emotional and psychological components. These strong emotional reactions attracted a number of fine artists.

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Photo by Zeljko Tutnjevic

Croatian Tourist Board organized the Golden Pen for the 14th year in the row, where they gave awards and recognition to foreign journalists and bloggers. This year's award ceremony was held in Osijek, and the entire program, including a three-day study tour of 32 foreign journalists and bloggers, from 12th to 15th of June, includes a tour of Osijek, Dalj, Erdut, Kopacki rit, Dakovo and numerous other tourist attractive Slavonian localities. In addition to the Croatian Tourist Board as the holder and the main organizer, this year is partner and host is the Tourist Board of Osijek-Baranja County.

-Croatia is nowadays positioned as a very attractive tourist destination where everyone can find content for themselves. Our goal is to keep the position of the popular destination, helping us to provide quality, professional and objective articles and reviews from foreign journalists and bloggers. With these awards, we want to acknowledge their work and emphasize the importance of media releases that for many are a significant source of information when choosing their destinations. We have been targeting Osijek and Slavonia this year because we want to give special emphasis to promoting the Croatian continental tourist offer, which has great potential in realizing all-year tourism – said Croatian Tourist Board director Kristjan Staničić.

The nominations by category for Golden Pen, for materials from 2017, were received from the Croatian Tourist Board's offices abroad, and that are the entries in the category for best publication in the press, online edition, TV publication, radio announcement and blog post. Nominations have come from a number of European markets such as Germany, Slovenia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Slovakia, Sweden, Estonia, Russia and Ukraine and from the United States. This year, 29 nominations were received, 11 in the category for publication in the press, 3 for online publication, 7 for blog posting, 7 for TV publishing and 1 for radio announcement nominations. 32 delegates from foreign media participated in the ceremony and on the study trip around Slavonia and Baranja.

However, as every year, the most important award is the Grand Prix, which is awarded in three categories: the best media reportage (magazines, newspapers), the best electronic media report (TV, radio or online material) and the best blog post (bloggers). This year's winners of the Grand Prix Prize for best media reportage are Christine Hinkofer and Beate Winterer of Germany's Münchner Merkur, who last year participated in a study trip through Slavonia, which resulted in three reports on Slavonia, which is presented to German readers in as "The Most Beautiful Croatian Secret." The series continued with a reportage called "Slawonien und die Glücksformel" (Slavonia and the Prescription of Happiness), which came out in April 2017 and the reportage "Kroatien für Entdecker" (Croatia for Researchers), published in October 2017.

The Grand Prix for the best electronic media report goes to Slovenia. Mojca Mavec and Jan Vasiljevic from the national Slovenian television RTV SLO won the award with five-sequel series presented in the "Good morning" show, which featured the destinations of Vukovar-Vinkovci-Ilok-Zupanija and Bjelovar-Bilogora, Medimurje, Krapina-Zagorje and Karlovac County.

The winner of the award for the best blog post was Nina Ragusa from Great Britain, who visited Croatia in June 2017. The result of the trip is the publication of a detailed seven-day guide through Croatia covering the areas of Pula and Plitvice Lakes to Split, Omis and Makarska. In addition to the guide, she also published an article focusing on proposals for the adventurers in Split and Omis. She also made quality photographs that had very positive reactions of her followers. Nina won the award for a blog called Architecture to Adventure, or for the release of "An Epic One-Week Road Trip Croatia Itinerary".




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