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The Plitvice Times

NUMBER 8 / WINTER 2020

TOURIST MAGAZINE

Happy 3rd birthday to us!

Get ready,

2021 will be a very successful year

Great vacation inspired by the virus

Vintage postcards from Plitvice Lakes

A story about Lika’s only Titanic survivor Top 5 winter meals you must try in Lika

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CONTENT 3 ��������� Editor`s Note 4 ��������� News 6 ��������� Happy 3rd birthday to us 8 ��������� Becoming a part of the Prilika Group 9 ��������� Winter walk in Gospić 10 ������� News 12 �������� First panel of Lika Club 16 ������� Old postcards from Plitvice Lakes 20 ������ Dolomites 25 ������� Vratnik pass 26 ������� Meet the Prilika Group 29 ������� Lika`s only Titanic survivor 32 ������� Top 5 winter meals 34 ������� Emerging trip types of 2021 36 ������� Top 7 winter spots 40 ������ Old riddles from Lika 42 ������� How Otočac got its name 44 ������� Future of travel 48 ������� Women on point 53 ������� Malta 57 ������� Recipe - Masnica 59 ������� Photo corner

EDITOR’S NOTE 3rd anniversary! Exactly these two words we are using as an introduction this time. That’s right! Our brand, The Plitvice Times, along with this eighth edition, celebrates three years of existence. First of all, we would like to thank you all, the ones who were there for us as well as the ones who were against us because without either of you, we wouldn’t be celebrating our three successful years. Small Lika, in worldly ratio, got a big story three years ago – global The Plitvice Times. We wanted to build a global product that can be read and proud of its content and quality all the same in Dubai, Rome, Vienna, Zagreb, New York and any other metropolis. We consider our mission successful, because the feedback from our readers worldwide says so and this feedback keeps coming. Was it easy? No, and it is still not easy today. Regardless, 8 editions are behind us, more than 480 pages of mostly author’s material, countless cooperation and more than 1 000 000 printed pages on the market. We lost count on how many readers there is exactly, but our reach is recorded in over 90% of the countries of the World and that speaks for itself. In the year of the Corona virus, The Plitvice Times issued its standard three editions. It is important to highlight that we did everything in order to keep our story alive. Therefore we are greatly thankful to all our associates throughout 2020 as we continue to move forward.

IMPRESSUM The Plitvice Times – number 8/2020 Publisher: PRILIKA GRP d.o.o. Adress: Ogrizovićeva 3, 10 000 Zagreb e-mail: media@prilika.group , tena@prilika.group Editor: Tena Brnad Content and photography partners: Josip Durdov, Ana Vuković, LikaClub.eu, Prilika Group, Vedran Božičević, Studio Butina, Ante Fumić, Tamara Hodak, Booking.com, Otočac Tourist Board, Croatian National Tourist Board, Pixabay, Unsplash, Wikimedia Copyright: The Plitvice Times ISSN: 2623-7393 Cover photo: Josip Durdov Design: Dino Farkaš Translation: Tea Stilinović

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Three main subjects of this edition are: success of The Plitvice Times and Prilika Group, which we joined as a new member, winter and winter joys, Corona crisis, future of tourism and travel in the year of 2021. Flip through our pages, comment and share.

The Plitvice Times Team


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NEWS

AT BARAĆ CAVES New badminton court opened! This year, the Public Institution of Barać’s Cave enriched its picnic area in Nova Kršlja with a badminton court in order to promote staying in nature through sports and recreation. “Our wish is to revive the area, to attract the young and those a little older, eager for activities and staying in nature. In addition to the children’s playground, mini football field, there is now a fully equipped badminton court. We tried to meet the needs of all citizens, athletes, recreationists, schoolchildren, and children,” said the director of the Public Institution Barać Caves, Tihana Oštrina, on the occasion of the opening. The court is located on the access part of the picnic area, partly on a sunny meadow and partly in a wooded shade. It is possible to play individually and in pairs, they also offer the complete necessary equipment, rackets, and balls.

WITH THE MOTIF OF PLITVICE LAKES Croatian postage stamp wins world award in Italy! The awards ceremony of the world philatelic competition “Premio Internazionale d’Arte Filatelica” was held in the Italian city of Asiago. The award for first place in the “Tourism” category was won by the Croatian postage stamp with the motif of Plitvice Lakes. The commemorative block consists of four postage stamps showing a detail of waterfalls on Lake Kozjak, a detail of a waterfall on the Great Cascades between Lakes Gavanovac and Kaluđerovac, waterfalls along the promenades, and a detail of the big Waterfall. The photographs according to which the design of the commemorative stamps was created are the work of Mario Romulić, Dražen Stojčić, and Ivo Pervan. The authors of the series “Croatian Tourism – Plitvice Lakes” are Zagreb designers Ivana Vučić and Tomislav-Jurica Kaćunić.

STRUDEL FEST Thousands of strudels were eaten in the town of Jaškovo! The 5th edition of the festival dedicated to the strudel, ŠtrudlaFest, has got underway in the small Croatian town of Jaškovo, near Ozalj in the Karlovac County. Thousands of strudels were eaten with visitors finding it hard to choose between the classic flavours like apple, cherry and cheese, and some exotic ones with beer, lamb, and carrots. ŠtrudlaFest started on Friday with the opening of an exhibition, and Saturday was a day for cycling routes, art workshops, but also the construction of a giant straw bicycle by artist Nikola Faller. Visitors coud expect a whole range of events throughout Karlovac County during the festival which ends on 13 September.


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NEWS

TASTEATLAS RECOMMENDS “Ličke police” among best rated Croatian foods!

TasteAtlas, a world atlas of food and drinks, and an encyclopedia of flavors released a list of best rated Croatian food from Primorje and Lika region. Among them is “Ličke police” – a simple dish made with potatoes from Lika as the main ingredient. In order to prepare the dish, the potatoes should first be washed and dried, then cut into halves with their skin intact, seasoned with salt, and baked in the oven. When the top of the potatoes develops a nice golden-brown color, and the potatoes develop a tender texture, the dish is ready to be consumed, either on its own or as an accompaniment to meat or dairy products. Police are especially popular during winter, and the most popular variety of the dish utilizes thin pieces of bacon which are placed on top of the potatoes near the end of baking.

IN FIRST EIGHT MONTHS Lika-Senj County records 1.7m overnight stays! In Croatia, in the period from January to the end of August, according to the eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), 6.8 million arrivals and 47.6 million overnight stays were realised. This is 41 percent of arrivals and 53 percent of overnight stays of those in the same period in 2019. During the first eight months of 2020, most overnight stays were in Istria (11.9 million), in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (9.7 million), while in Zadar County 8.6 million overnight stays were realised. They are followed by Split-Dalmatia County with 8.3 million overnight stays and Šibenik-Knin County with 3.6 million, Dubrovnik-Neretva County (2.5 million), Lika-Senj County (1.7 million), while Zagreb had 550,000 overnight stays and other continental counties 835,000 overnight stays.

TOP THREE The Times included Croatia among best destinations in the world! Croatia is included in the top three world destinations in the Best Country Award 2020 category, award that popular British newspaper The Times & The Sunday Times presented to the best countries in the world. In this category, Italy was named the best country in the world , while second place went to New Zealand and third to Croatia. The shortlist for the award, which was presented for the eighth time this year, also included some of the world’s top destinations such as France, Turkey, the USA, Dubai, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Thailand. The Times & The Sunday Times are amongst the most influential prints in the UK and reached a record number of 16 million readers a month through print and online releases this year.


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Happy 3rd Birthday to us! 2017.

April 2019 NUMBER 3 - SPRING 2019 The third edition of The Plitvice Times Magazine is out!

January 2019 NUMBER 2 – WINTER 2019 The second edition of The Plitvice Times Magazine is out!

October 2017 OUR STORY BEGINS The new media that is covering the Plitvice area is launched.

2018.

February 2018 THE PLITVICE PERFUME We create a unique souvenir dedicated to the splendour of one of the most beautiful area in the world.

2019.

October 2018 WE`RE ON ISSUU We became a part of the world famous electronic publishing platform.

October 2018 NUMBER 1 – AUTUMN 2018 The first printed issue of The Plitvice Times is out!


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June 2019 #FROMMETONATURE CAMPAIGN IS ON Our company organized its first action regarding socially responsible business.

July 2019 NUMBER 4 - SUMMER 2019 The fourth edition of The Plitvice Times Magazine is out!

October 2019 #FROMMETONATURE CAMPAIGN COMES TO LIFE The perfume Plitvice campaign was successfully completed by planting 50 plum seedlings in Gospić.

November 2019 NUMBER 5 - AUTUMN 2019 The fifth edition of The Plitvice Times Magazine is out!

December 2020 NUMBER 8 - WINTER 2020 The eighth edition of The Plitvice Times Magazine is out!

December 2020 3RD ANNIVERSARY We are celebrating our third Birthday!

August 2020 WE BECOME A PART OF THE PRILIKA GROUP The process was done due to many years of close cooperation.

2020.

March 2020 NUMBER 6 - SPRING 2020 The sixth edition of The Plitvice Times Magazine is out!

August 2020 NUMBER 7 - SUMMER 2020 The seventh edition of The Plitvice Times Magazine is out!


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The Plitvice Times is now a part of the Prilika Group The Plitvice Times has just become a part of the Prilika Group, which has been officially confirmed by the Agency for Electronic Media. In recent months, The Plitvice Times has been operatively taken over by the Prilika Group’s media department, and all the required procedures have been finished. The process was done due to many years of close cooperation, and Prilika Grupa now, in addition to The Plitvice Times magazine, also owns the media Lika Club. “Given that the two media worked closely together almost the entire time, this was more of a “formal” process. We believe that in the future the two media will get some new partners from other parts of Croatia. What we can announce now is the release of the 8th issue of the magazine in December 2020, and we hope that the epidemiological conditions will stabilize”, said the owner of Prilika Group, Ante Fumić.


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Winter Walk in Gospić


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NEWS

AFTER 30 YEARS Nikola Tesla statue returns to Gospić Finally, after many years, Tesla’s monument will return to Gospić and will be placed in the town where he was born, attended school for the first time and gained the foundations for his further work and achievements. The first phase of the works signed today will include the arrangement of paths, fence walls, urban equipment and the installation of a pedestal that is identical to the pedestal of Tesla’s statue at Niagara Falls. This will be followed by landscaping and horticulture and other construction works. “The monument is planned in the narrower part of the Cultural Information Centre area, in a quiet part with several benches and a pedestrian area made of stone dune. The monument would be given importance in the direction of semiotics, an association with his work, but also with the very personality of Nikola Tesla. The design shows the harmony of old and new materials and the harmony of natural form and forms created by human action. I believe that the park will be an honour to all citizens of Gospić,” said Deputy Mayor Kristina Prša.

REWILDING AREA Second Tauros release in the Velebit Mountains A herd of 20 Tauros has just been released in the Velebit Mountains rewilding area in Croatia. The bovines, which were transported from the Netherlands by Stichting Taurus (the Taurus Foundation), complement 20 Tauros that were translocated from the Netherlands in August, plus an additional 140 Tauros that have either been released or born in the area in previous years. The release of a new group of 20 head of cattle from the Taurus project further increased the natural grazing onLika plains and strengthened their important role in maintaining neglected pastures. The animals will help to restore a more natural landscape which better supports wild nature and nature-based tourism. “There may be more Tauros releases in the future. The aim is to establish a self-sustaining population of the animals, which is expected to happen around 2028. This population will play a key role in a wilder, more functionally complex Plains environment governed by natural processes”, explains Rewilding Velebit team leader Marija Krnjajić.

DUE TO COVID-19 Croatian Walking Festival postponed for September 2021 The Croatian Walking Association announced that the Croatian Walking Festival will not be held this year. The project, which for several years successfully gathered thousands of participants in Otočac, Gospić and the surrounding area, will be held in 2021. “Dear friends, supporters and walkers! After long and hard counseling, talking and thinking, and waiting for the Covid-19 situation to improve, we inform you, with a heavy heart, that the Croatian Walking Festival will be postponed for 4. and 5. September 2021.! You just keep on walking and respecting the recommended measures and we will see you in 2021!”, say the organizers.


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NEWS

IN APRIL 2021 Croatia confirmed as WRC rally host

The 2021 FIA World Rally Championship calendar was revealed on Friday (9 October), with Croatia announced as a first-time host. The calendar was approved by the FIA, world motorsport’s governing body, and WRC Promoter managing director Jona Siebel said it would appeal to both competitors and WRC fans alike. “The inclusion of Croatia to the WRC for the first time is an exciting new challenge to our fixture list and brings huge anticipation,” he added. Last year, WRC rallies were followed by 836 million viewers, and four million spectators attended the 13 rallies. “That is not only a sports competition, but an opportunity to present Croatia and its tourist offer”, said Daniel Saskin, head of Croatia Rally organisation committee.

IN CROATIA Tourists spend average €98 per day Tourists vacationing in Croatia in 2019 spent a daily average of €98 per person and per overnight stay, with the amount being slightly higher in the continental part of the country, €115, and a little lower on the coast, €97, shows a survey conducted by the Institute of Tourism. In the period from May 2019 to March 2020, 54% of the overall average daily consumption were costs of accommodation and food, and only 17% were costs of food and drinks served outside accommodation facilities. All the other services accounted for 30% of the average daily consumption. Hotel guests spend the most on average, €142, followed by guests in family-run accommodation facilities, €88, guests in hostels, €78, and tourists staying at camping sites, €68.

TOURIST ZONE The Urban development plan for Zrće beach is adopted By the decision of the Mayor of the City of Novalja on October 21 this year, the public was opened to the public for a period of 30 days on the Proposal of the Urban Development Plan for the Zrće tourist zone. Extremely important document on which the future of Zrće depends, including Novalja as a tourist destination. Also, this document will finally bring order and stabilize the situation on Zrće, and thus create the preconditions for sustainable growth, both Zrće itself and Novalja. Both the GUP and the UPU are key tools that cities and destinations have in their hands, and which clearly define the future planning, strategic and sustainable vision of city development.


12 FIRST PANEL OF LIKA CLUB

Experts in tourism say:

Get ready, 20 a very succes


21 will be ssful year!

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14 As part of the 6th regional Forum of family accommodation in Karlovac on the 12th of November, Lika Club portal panel discussion took place, with main subject “What will happen with (Corona) tourism in 2021?” The panel, which was led by journalist Goran Latković, hosted four other famous names of Croatian tourism from territory of Lika-Senj and Karlovac County. In only one hour of discussion many interesting outlooks on the upcoming year were presented as well as numerous experiences from the year that is almost behind us.

Boris Šuljić, owner of the hotel and winery Boškinac from Novalja pointed out how this past year was one of the most challenging in tourism same as it was for him as an entrepreneur. As the lockdown began they kept all the staff and used the time to work on improving the company. Due to that, he highlighted, they have had a very successful season. “Trends are changing despite the Corona virus and we have to keep adjusting. I’m an optimist regarding the approaching year of 2021 and believe that increase of flights, sea traffic and car-tourism is to be expected. We should be well prepared after this hard experience which we can use as a guide mark for the upcoming season and I advise everyone to get ready to offer outstanding service. We are already working overtime to come up with the new dishes”, he mentioned and added how he believes in regular continuation of tourism as well as returning to the “old normal”. “Our traditional values will keep motivating people to travel. Some habits will change but in this industry, which suffered the most, I believe the traditional values are making their comeback”, concluded Šuljić.


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Hrvojka Božić, director of the Museum of the Homeland War in Karlovac, which opened its door in 2019, mentions how they used digital channels throughout the year to achieve the return of the visitors. “We turned to the digital marketing and our visitors returned quickly. During the summer season our visits paired up to 80% when compared to the previous year, therefore we have optimistic outlook for the upcoming year. We did need time to adjust but this new experience will come in handy. One of the key elements for our success is operation of the museums in the community just like connecting within the destination and here in Karlovac there is plenty room to grow. I am an optimist who believes that already in the spring we can start performing on full capacity, especially because we adapted the content that is attracting the biggest interest, in comparison to the content of the individual character.”

Krešo Rogoz, director of the company Croatia Open Land DMC, from Karlovac, also started this year with success after which everything was stopped. That motivated them to search for new resources and they used this season to prepare for different, individual tourism and smaller groups. “It is interesting how increase of our prices resulted in smaller groups, which accumulated more money. The key is in working together, gathering content and excellence. The whole team is working on forming partnerships, offering new content and creating contacts with foreign agencies. We are all hoping for a regular spring and basing ourselves on car-tourists. It is time that we all sit down together and find a way to brand our destinations and step forward united in order to get more recognition because we have a lot more to show”, said Rogoz and added how in 2021 they are introducing a brand new attraction, scuba diving will be available in all four rivers surrounding Karlovac. Mihovil Bićanić, deputy chief of Rakovica muncipality, which is usually rating high in the numbers of overnight stays, revieled that this year they accomplished only 25% of the usual overnight stays but he is hoping for these numbers to increase soon. “I believe in stabilization during the next year but in 2021 we should still focus on our local guests. We should increase the awareness about the extra contents and strengthen our continental tourism. In Rakovica during the 2021 we are focusing on marketing and long-term strategic planning”, he highlighted. Organisers of the Forum is Section of community of family tourism for county of Lika-Karlovac, that operates with ŽK Karlovac and Otočac in partnership with Prilika Group.


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Wish You Were Here! Vintage Postcards from Plitvice Lakes History of the Plitvice Lakes tourism through old postcards

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First hotel in Plitvice Lakes The very first hotel in Plitvice Lakes was built in 1896 on Velika Poljana above the lake Kozjak. This hotel contained 40 rooms and had the capacity to host 80 guests. Unfortunately it burned almost to the ground in the fire of 1943.

Swimming allowed Even though it is hard to imagine these days, swimming was allowed in Plitvice Lakes through almost all of the last century. Since stepping over the moss is preventing the unique and delicate process of the tufa formation, all kinds of swimming and diving in the lakes is strictly forbidden nowadays.

PHOTOS: Vjekoslav Kramberger’s collection


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Dolomites Great Vacation Inspired by the Virus Even tho we are in the situation which requires me to start this article with the Corona virus pandemic, this is a story about how a group of us, inspired by the virus, had a great vacation. The pandemic we are going through made us question our lifestyle, habits, knowledge and common sense. To skip all the dilemmas, polemics and discussions because it is all irrelevant to this story, I will just point out one of the affected aspects in the whole situation: travel limitations.


21 Since the beginning of 2020 we were quite limited when it comes to going around. Here in Italy, at some point, we were not even allowed to leave the houses without justifiable reason. Therefore, thinking about summer vacations was a pretty much depressing waste of time. We accepted the fact that this year there will be no beaches, no hangouts, no celebrations... I even spent my birthday locked in the house, barely able to get ingredients for the birthday cake. As people started getting used to the new social norms and accepted the new reality, the strict pandemic rules got a bit less strict. With rules being easier to handle, we started thinking about how could we still save summer vacation.

Let`s get back to hiking! Not being experienced in hiking, I had a bit of trouble knowing what to pack. From a week in the mountain, I learned: comfortable hiking shoes, proper socks, leggings, t-shirt, hoodie, waterproof jacket, sporty winter jacket, water, granola bars, hat, gloves, backpack, BANDAGES. There are some other minor details, but this is what was mandatory for me. It may vary from person to person and place to place. Just make sure to get informed before departure. Getting all the things took a few days. Putting it in a bag took 30 minutes. And I was ready to go. We did not want to lose time traveling so we decided to leave Rome at midnight. That way we could arrive early in the morning and use the whole day instead of departing in the morning and lose the first day.

If we wanted to go somewhere, it had to be away from people. That was the starting point and basically the only guideline to follow. Being overexcited, we came to a conclusion quite fast – mountains! The perfect way to relax during these awful times was to find a cabin in the woods and enjoy nature.

The Northern we went, the rain got heavier. Being quite lucky, the situation got better by the time we reached the cabin and we had a wonderful week of nice weather.

There were six of us: a journalist, an educator, a soldier, a sales assistant, a philologist and a nurse. In a Marvel universe, this is what Avengers look like. Over dinner, we looked for a perfect place to stay somewhere in the Dolomites. It did not take us long to score a perfect shot. We found a place called Alpe Cermis. In the middle of the mountain, there were some wooden cabins and we rented one. Our host was the nicest host ever and we were very happy with our choice. Until a certain point.

It was not hard to find and the beginning was steep but quite fine. The road was made of mud and sand which was terrifying to see after days of rain. There were holes, puddles and some very big curves. It was mandatory to have seat belts fastened. The higher we went, the narrower the road got. A few times, we found ourselves face to face with locals in pick-ups. It was impossible to pass each other so they (having a smaller car) had to go reverse until they reached a spot big enough for 2 vehicles to pass by. What looked like a fog, was actually a cloud so we could not see much of a road in front of us. Pine tree forest all around gave an extra to spooky. A few times, there was a random cow next to the road. The poor van had to go up in first gear for 30 minutes. Going down required overuse of the breaks. I have to admit that we were a bit scared. Once we got up, we were relieved but also worried because we figured out we will have to take that road daily. Only one person from the whole group dared to drive.

The first step was to find a place to stay. We found it and booked it without thinking about all the following steps. Such as renting a vehicle. One person from the group worked in a car rental company and decided to visit ex-colleagues and see what they have to offer. Long story short – nothing! We needed a big car or a van because there were 6 of us and the road to get up the mountain was very bad. Panicked to the point where I started thinking about how we will have to cancel the trip, an unexpected call happened. One of the colleagues had a friend who got an available van. The only problem is that the previous person who rented the van, broke a whole left side window and there was no time to fix it. The golden rule says: if a grey tape cannot fix it, it cannot be fixed. So we fixed it with grey tape. Now imagine a big black van, with a grey tape over a window going to the woods and parking in front of a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Anyway, we had no choice. We rented a van and laughed at the circumstances. Around the same time, our host contacted us with shocking news. Actually, with 2 shocking news. The first one was that the road to get to the cabin was closed due to maintenance. The alternative road was used instead, but that one is in quite a bad condition. Having no choice again, we just said ok. The other news was a bit sad. The host asked us if we know any place in Rome which can be rented for a reasonable price because his sisters` son felt from the 7th-floor window, which was 30m high, and the sister needed a place to stay to see her son in the hospital daily. Having an apartment in the Rome center, which we use for Airbnb, just 10 minutes walking from the hospital where the son was, we offered her to stay there for a minimum price just to cover basic expenses such as electricity and water. Our host, being immensely grateful, offered us to stay 4 more days for free. We could not stay but we appreciated the gesture. We stayed in touch with the lady and we talk to her every few days so she could inform us of her sons` health. He is not in a life-threatening situation anymore. He got a few surgeries and there is a long recovery in front of him, but he will be able to continue where he stopped. We wish him and the family all the best!

First, we arrived in a town called Cavalese. It is settled in the valley under the mountain top where our cabin was. After a short coffee and orientation check, we went to find a mountain road.

Our host welcomed us and showed us the cabin. It is a typical mountain cabin. Small, 3 floors, fireplace, very steep roof, an amazing view. Occasionally, we were in the clouds. Literally! We settled and went on planning the rest of the week.


22 DAY ONE: WHAT DOES THE COW SAY? After we settled, we started exploring the surrounding. Near our cabin, there was a chairlift. It took people from Cavalese to the mountain top and back. So we had lunch in a restaurant at the top and went down to the town. The ride was 30 minutes long and the view was just amazing. We took a short walk around the town to see what there is and we bought some food. The chairlift worked only until 17:30 so we had to get back soon. Concerning the fact we had a lot of time left until the end of the day, we decided to take a walk a bit higher because, prepare to laugh, we saw a lot of cows and we wanted to play with them. So we did! There were around 30 cows in the field and we got close. They were friendly and cuddly. I do not think I have to point out that the higher we got, the view was better.

The walk is easy. There are a bit ups and downs but barely any. The walk took 4 hours, but you can do it in much less. There was no rush and we wanted to enjoy the day. We had to stop to eat, drink coffee, sit by the lake and take a thousand photos. A soldier in the group was much more equipped than the rest of us so we got to enjoy his great moka coffee during every hike. The air was cold and the sun was strong. In the evening got quite cold as the sun disappeared. Therefore, you have to prepare clothes for both situations. Speaking of Covid restrictions, masks and distancing were „obligatory“. It was pointed out that the mask should be worn but many people, including us, removed it when we were not close to anyone. Once we got close to a group of people or just passing someone on a tight path, the masks were on. Nobody created any problems, people were respectful. In the evening we had a big traditional dinner in the restaurant which was amazing. We ate a lot of cheese, prosciutto, pickles, wild animal goulash with polenta and apple strudel. There were so many more traditional dishes that I did not have an opportunity to try but that is the reason to go back. During the dinner, we decided to wake up for sunrise the next morning. Because we were high in the mountain, the sunrise could be possibly the best we had ever seen. Oh, how right we were!

After that, we had dinner and decided to go to Lago Di Braies the next day.

DAY TWO: COFFEE ON THE SHORE OF THE LAKE We sat in our broken van and went down the mountain. A bit scared again. It was two and a half hour ride to get to the lake. About 30 minutes from the lake, we had to leave our van and take a bus. The road to the lake is open for everyone until 10:00 and after that, the road is open only to the locals and people who already got in. We got there around 13:00. The bus takes you to the entrance where you can find a hotel, parking, some bar and souvenir shop. We got off the bus and started the walk. Lago Di Braies is about 1500m above sea level and it is the largest natural lake in the Dolomites. The view around is beautiful. You can rent a boat to row. We took a walk around the lake because we were quite slow and had no time to take any longer routes. Speaking of the impression, I admit that it is very beautiful and relaxing. But! Coming from a town settled on 16 lakes, seeing just one was a bit plain. I can understand that the place is overwhelming for people who are not used to see such a natural beauty, but I grew up to that kind of sight. It reminded me of home and it was nice. Not amazing, just nice.

DAY 3: JINGLE BELLS There was a bell at the entrance door of our cabin. I said I will wake up at 06:00 and ring the bell to wake up everyone else. The bell rang and we sat in our van again. We could have taken a walk but the point from where we wanted to see the sunrise was 40 minutes walking uphill which we did not want to do that early. Also, there is a chairlift but it opened a bit later in the morning. Our van barely made it to the top. The first impression was breathtaking. As we got out of the van, we got approached by 2 horses and a donkey. The donkey was very friendly and very interested in our snacks. Horses gave us a bit of fright. They were huge and we did not know if we could interact. They seemed very curious but cautious. So, at 06:00 I called my mum. She had horses when she was


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younger so she knows what to do. Concerning the fact I am useless in the morning, I accidentally made a group call and woke up my brother too. My mums` reaction was: „You are calling me at 06:00 to ask me how to pet a horse?“. So I showed them the horses, and the donkey and the sunrise and the view to the mountains. They were amazed even if I woke them up so early. Horses were not friendly but the donkey stayed with us while we had moka coffee. Some minutes later, a worker came to the top and we figured out that there were more animals. So we followed him and found goats, sheep, rabbits, geese and more donkeys. Also, there was a restaurant and a viewpoint. While roaming around, we made a deal about the rest of the day. We decided to climb the 2671m mountain. So we got back to the van and went down the mountain once again. Equally scared as the previous two days. We got to the place called Latemar where we left the van and took a chairlift. The chairlift led to the beginning of the road to the mountain top. The climb was listed as hard but I expected harder. I thought I would be devastated by the time I get to the top or even the next day. Besides some muscle pain, I was just fine. It was really hot that day. Surprisingly, the temperature went over 30 Celsius degrees. The start was ok, not so steep or rocky. As we were getting higher, the climb was getting harder. The important thing here was knowing your equipment. I had new hiking shoes, wrong socks and no bandages. It almost cost me the climb. I put bandages a bit too late and I was in a pain the following days. Nothing extreme, but it was something that could have been avoided if I had more experience. So, my advice is to try the shoes and climb something easier before the big climb. I do not think I should point out the obvious, which is the view. I have never seen anything like it before. All the directions, any direction, there was something to admire. Two and half hours later, we were on the top – Rifugio Torre Di Pisa. From the top, we saw all the surrounding peaks, some lakes and a town. Breathing was a bit harder because of the lower air pressure. Jokingly, I said that there is no way someone there had Covid because even if the person is healthy, it is hard to breathe. Covid would suffocate a person at that altitude. We took one hour to rest, we had a meal and took a winning photo. Getting down was fun. I was partly walking, partly running. It took me an hour. The day was perfect from the beginning until the end.

DAY 4: MIDNIGHT BARBECUE We got up in the morning with the idea of a previous day – going to Marmolada to see permafrost. The conclusion was that we got too tired a day before so another climb would be too much. So we did something easier. Once again, the van went down the mountain. Nothing less scared, we held our breath. Half the day we spent in Cavalese. It is a very small town so there is nothing much to do. We separated and I found a museum. It takes a bit less than an hour to see it and there are many different artworks exposed. As an art lover, I visited many museums in many countries and one thing here blew my mind. The lights were perfected. The rooms were quite dark but the light was lightning the artwork without lightning the rest of the room. It made paintings more vivid and I was amazed by it. There were also prison cells with writings on the walls made by different inmates. It was interesting to see the thoughts of inmates from a few past centuries. After seeing the city, we bought some meat for barbeque and decided to go to see a mill and another museum in a town nearby. The mill was old and run by water. There was and elderly gentleman telling us about its function. It is not used anymore and the purpose of it right now is only touristic. The museum Ladin de Fascia showed the life and culture in the local area tens of thousands of years in the past. And then things got complicated. Just as we finished and it was getting dark, we decided that it was time to go home to have a nice barbecue. All of a sudden, we found ourselves stuck in the traffic. It can happen in towns with small roads and a lot of tourists. However, we got suspicious. Then a helicopter arrived and many firefighter vehicles passed us. So we concluded that there was a car accident. After 2 hours of being in one spot, finally, there was some movement. After a kilometer, we passed the crash. It was frontal between Range Rover and Porsche. That was not all. While we were waiting in the traffic, our host called us saying that a huge lorry slid off the road down the cliff which we used to get to our cabin. We went from being scared to being petrified! Not only it is hard to take that road in general, but it is harder to take it in the dark. Especially while knowing that the lorry went down. The biggest concern was that we did not know did the accident made any damage to the road and was it safe for us to use it.


24 The following day, the road was closed because they were trying to pull up the lorry so we were literally stuck up. We used time in the car to figure out what to do and where to go the next day.

Although it is probably not recommended to do, it was not anything dangerous. Rocks were quite flat with some holes and bumps which were easy to go over or around. It resembled the road so we felt safe.

If you are wondering what was lorry doing on the road where our van barely passed, it was on its way to pick up the cut tree trunks. Why someone would send such a big vehicle instead of something more suitable, remains a mystery.

Instead of taking the chairlift, we walked back to our cabin where we had our last dinner and started packing.

Let me just say that by the time we got back to our cabin, it was quite late and we had our barbecue almost at midnight.

DAY 5: STUCK IN THE MOUNTAIN The road down was blocked so the only option was to go up. After a short research, we discovered that the upper in the mountain there are Lagi Di Bombasel. I was not thrilled by the idea of the lakes again, but seeing them in the mountain is a bit different and the road to get there could be amazing. It was an easy walk with nobody besides us. The road was simple, inside the clouds and it took us less than an hour to reach the first lake. It was quite windy and very humid. After a coffee break, half of us wandered off to see what else could be found behind rocks. The more we walked, the more lakes we found. Then we bumped into an old house. There were writings all over the walls and some metal dishes so it seemed to be a shelter for anyone who gets stuck in the snow or wants to be sheltered from rain or wind. Getting to the edge of the cliff, we did not see an amazing view because it was covered by a cloud which was even more amazing. After an hour and a half, we decided to go back. Only this time, we did not follow the road. We decided to go offroad just because it seemed more interesting.

DAY 6: MOUNTAINS OVER BEACHES We did not want to depart but obligations made us leave. Thinking about all the problems we faced, the only thing that we will not miss is the mountain road. For the safety of us all, especially the lorry drivers, we hope that the other road will be fixed soon. It sincerely was a nice vacation which made me think that the mountains in the summer are underrated. It turned out to be a great vacation solution during a pandemic because there were not many other people. Being alone was beneficial in many subjective ways. Now, when we have to avoid people in the street, it was very relaxing just going around without worrying and tension. In the end, the conclusion was that the mountains are much better than the beaches. I never liked the beaches much and I never understood the joy of burning in the sun. This vacation just confirmed that I would choose mountains over any beach anytime. Hiking should be done more often so we continued the research looking for our next summer vacation location. We are hoping that this Corona virus situation will be solved as soon as possible so the travel limitations will be removed. That way, we will be able to include other countries in our plans. By Tamara Hodak


25 VRATNIK PASS

The first sight of the sea

PHOTOS: Josip Durdov

The Josephina is a historic road that begins in the city that lies on four rivers – Karlovac and connects it with Senj. It crosses the Dinaric Alps via the Vratnik pass (700 metres above sea level) between Senj and Brinje.

When travelling to the coast from the continent, the first sight of the sea on this route is from Vratnik Pass. Before descending to the coast at Senj, don’t forget to stop here for a while and admire the view of the islands of the northern Adriatic.


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MEET THE PRILIKA GROUP RESULT OF THE

SUCCESSFUL GROWTH OF ONE COMMUNICATION AGENCY AND MEDIA Founding Prilika Group is a result of the successful growth of communication agency Prilika, which, from its foundation in 2015 operates as the one and only communication company in Croatia that is coming from territory of Lika. The name of the agency is effectively thought out to draw connection between the PR (public relation) industry and Croatian region Lika, this guided and directed the growth of the company throughout time. From their primary activity – administration of social networks, along with the company’s growth, services expanded considerably and today they offer media lease for clients, implementation of PR activities, event management, graphic and web design, consulting, photography, drone filming and other communication services.

In the meantime, since 2016, one regional media from Lika became a part of agency Prilika. Portal Lika Club is the most read Lika’s media, with average of over 100 000 readers on monthly basis as well as over 250 000 page visits according to the statistic of Google Analytics. Same is the case at Gemius Audience media chart in Croatia, on which Lika Club is found since 2016 being the only one in its region. Portal Lika Club became a regional partner of RTL and Midas Network which helps the involvement in informing on a national scale. Progress of the agency and the media brought widening of their business story and as of today they are continuing to preform together as Prilika Group. In the past 6 years of work, they improved to the point which demanded higher quality of connectivity as well as bringing together their brands and services. The process of the reorganization happened in the months of August and September 2020, which included full internal and external company restructuring.


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“This process was mostly done in house with the exception of few external partners in the field of professional legal and technical advice. Congratulations to my team for successfully finishing this process and the new beginning of Prilika Group, I think our team has done an amazing job and believe that everyone is satisfied with this process that is now behind us. In the month of October this year, we will have one more announcement that will additionally strengthen our impact, until then we suggest to everyone to be - “ALL IN” because that is the new slogan of Prilika Group”, stated the (owner) CEO of Prilika Group, Ante Fumić. We welcome you to join the satisfied customers of Prilika Group!

New contacts per departments: Agency department: agency@prilika.group Media department: media@prilika.group Sales department: sales@prilika.group Contact number: +385 91 518 0205


29 NIKOLA LULIĆ

A story about Lika’s only Titanic survivor In the night of 14th to 15th of March 1912 occurred one of the biggest nautical catastrophes in the history of the world. On its first journey from Southampton to New York City, after striking an ice berg, sank the famous British passenger liner, Titanic. Out of 2.223 passengers and members of the crew, only 705 people were rescued, one man from Lika found himself among them.


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Nikola Lulić was born on 24th of February 1883 in Konjsko Brdo, near by the town of Perušić. When he headed to The United States of America in search of better life opportunities, he was the age of 29 and that was his third trip to the promise land. First time he decided to make the trip happened right after he was recruited for Austro-Hungarian miliary, which he deserted and second time around he decided to secure a better life for his family. According to some sotires, in the act of deserting the military force, he stuck his gun in the sand, decorated it with his official uniform hat and ran. Along with Lulić, 17 other men from Lika started their jounrey towards USA, all who, just like him, wanted to secure a better life for their families. Having years of experience living in America and good knowledge of English language, Lulić was unofficial ‘tour leader’ for passangers from Croatia. In return for helping to organise the trip and translation services, Croats payed Nikola’s ticket to The USA, which at a time costed 170 Swiss francs.

There was 30 passengers from Croatia on Titanic and Nikola was the only man from Lika who survived the accident. All Croats on Titanic were poor 3rd class travelers who were placed underneath the shipboard. Nikola saved himself thanks to his resourcefulness and ingenuity. Even though lifeboats were reserved for women and children, in the middle of the chaos Lulić grabbed the hat from one of the sailors and put it on his head, which resulted in him being confused for a crew member and addmited to the lifeboat.


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After being rescued from Titanic Lulić found himself in America unemployed and with no money for returning. In order to survive, he hosted conventions throughout America, speaking about his experience from Titanic but he didn’t manage to make a lot of money due to his manager, who kept most of the earnings for himself. To avoid being judged by the public because he abandoned the ship with many women and children left behind, he was telling slightly different story. He was saying he saved himself by jumping in the ice cold water and swimming to the lifeboat with somebodies child in his arms. At last Nikola returned to Croatia after the end of First World War where he spent the rest of his days living in Konjsko Brdo working in agriculture. His descendants say that he never liked to talk about the night in wich Titanic sank. He died in the age on 80 due to asthma consequences in the home of his youngest daugter. He is buried in the local cemetery of Perušić.

PHOTOS: Wikimedia Commons


32 TRADITIONAL DISHES WE LOVE

Top 5 winter meals you must try in Lika! Lika-Senj County is a true heaven for all food lovers because in this beautiful county locals eat delicious and high quality food. Anyone who found themselves in Lika at least once, knows that its locals make very nice hosts who won’t leave anyone hungry or thirsty. Local cuisine in Lika is reflection of mountain lifestyle habits, between the woods and the valleys, where summers are short and winters cold. It is based on caloric yet simple meals, prepared in a traditional way, with love and local ingredients. If you are a foodie who doesn’t mind a road trip in order to eat good food, we are bringing you five reasons why you should visit Lika as soon as possible.

Lamb roasted under the bell - Peka

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One of the most famous gastronomic specialties of LikaSenj County is Lika’s authentic lamb. We are talking about indigenous breed called Lička pramenka which recently earned itself official European passport. It is traditionally prepared roasting over an open fire or boiling in a pot with variety of vegetables. Meals prepared under the Peka belong to premium specialties of Croatian cuisine and Lika’s authentic lamb prepared with golden baked potatoes under the Peka is something any gourmet should try. While lard is gradually melting the meat is becoming soft and juicy creating intense, rather pleasant taste and smell that makes this meal widely recognisable. That aroma comes from specific diet of the sheep that are eating grass in the meadows rich with aromatic plants during the summer.

Lika’s pole

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During the history, potato was the most important ingredient on traditional tables of Lika. Many will agree that the tastiest potato meal are hot and crispy Lika’s pole. This cheap and tasty meal is ideal for winter days even though the ancestors ate them throughout the year. Baked potato halves can be served as individual meal or a side dish in which case your host in Lika will serve it with other domestic specialties like bacon, sausages, greaves, sour cabbage, sour cream, traditional basa cheese, cottage cheese, onions…


Lika’s strudel

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Between the traditional sweets in Lika we are highlighting the strudel, unique dessert of Lika-Senj County that has flavor and smell which brings us back to childhood. Recipe for this strudel is passed down through generations, although it adapted to certain changes. Therefore today in Lika-Senj County you can find both, traditional as well as the modern variations of this specialty. You can choose from the rich flavor selection which include good old apple strudel, through the ones filled with walnuts, poppy, cheese or cherry, all the way to the salty variations that cover cheese filling, spinach, bear onion‌ No matter what combination you decide to try, it is hard to go wrong when it comes to strudel.

Sour cabbage with dried meat

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In the cold winter days for the natives of Lika, sour cabbage was the main source of vitamin C. Except its beneficial effects on health and immunity, it is one of the favourites due to many different combinations and preparation varieties. Sour cabbage and smoked meat make an ideal combination and possibly the best known dish with this very nutritious and healthy ingredient. Dried pork or mutton meat along with the sour cabbage, kulen and bacon is boiled in a pot, over a light fire for about 2 hours, or until it all gets soft. Best side to go with this dish are unpeeled cooked potatoes.

LiÄ?ka kalja

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In the cold winter days for the natives of Lika, sour cabbage was the main source of vitamin C. Except its beneficial effects on health and immunity, it is one of the favourites due to many different combinations and preparation varieties. Sour cabbage and smoked meat make an ideal combination and possibly the best known dish with this very nutritious and healthy ingredient. Dried pork or mutton meat along with the sour cabbage, kulen and bacon is boiled in a pot, over a light fire for about 2 hours, or until it all gets soft. Best side to go with this dish are unpeeled cooked potatoes.

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The Five Emerging Trip Types of 2021 The global pandemic turned travelers’ plans upside down in 2020. Looking ahead to 2021, the impact of the pandemic is changing not just our choice of destination but also the type of trips we’re most likely to take in the coming year. New research by Booking.com reveals the five emerging trip types for 2021 to motivate and inspire travelers to take a trip (or five) to best fit their newfound travel preferences.


35 1. Solace in Solo The solo travel trend is likely to gather even greater momentum as people’s thirst to travel, which was stymied by the pandemic, will nudge them to take the plunge to travel on their own in 2021. Our data pre-pandemic saw only 17%* of travelers were planning a trip on their own, while 30%** now say they will be planning a solo trip in the future. With 42%** of travelers saying they want to travel more in the future to make up for travel time lost in 2020, this mentality is no doubt encouraging travelers to plan a solo trip of a lifetime, to get back out in the world!

2. Relaxury The unexpected halt to travel plans for most travelers has meant that just being able to travel at all is a luxury, in fact, 61%** of travelers have pledged to not take travel for granted in the future. So while research shows that travelers still have a high intention to travel again, only 13% ** are now actually planning a luxury getaway (such as a villa, 5-star hotel), with the majority ( 51%** planning a relaxing trip to get away from it all making relaxation the real luxury of 2021.

3. Breakaway Bubbles In 2020, most travelers have had extended time apart from friends and family. For many it appears that distance has made the heart grow fonder as 61%** of travelers plan to use future travel as an opportunity to reconnect with loved ones. In fact, while being apart, 36%** of travelers have revealed that talking to friends and family about traveling is one of their main inspirations to travel again.

4. Weekend Wonders With many travelers feeling apprehensive that future travel plans could be disrupted again, there will be an increased demand for a quick trip as over half of travelers (53%)** want to take more shorter breaks in 2021 than they did in 2019 to minimize any disappointment. A further 28%** also revealed their preference of a weekend break for their first trip once restrictions are lifted, showing travelers’ desires to be able to escape reality, even for just a few days.

5. Food for Thought Travelers’ desire to explore the world has not diminished but traveling abroad is still being avoided by a majority of travelers (53%**) as travel restrictions are lifted. That is why local travel is the new way of exploring the world, with culinary delights being top of the list. And with taste buds at the ready, 36%** of travelers are keen to taste and indulge in local cuisine while traveling, with 38%** wanting to eat out more often with the money saved from not traveling abroad. By Booking.com


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The Top Seven Stunning Winter Spots in Croatia From the icy landscapes of Plitvice Lakes National Park, to fairy-tale snow-capped castles and festive decked out towns, Croatia is truly magical during the winter months. Here’s a roundup of some of Croatia Feeds favourite inspirational destinations for 2021!


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2. Zavižan, Velebit National Park One of the best-known sights in Northern Velebit National Park, Zavižan mountain stands at 1,594m above sea level and makes for an exciting wintery adventure with some epic views.

Located in the mountainous region of Lika, there are plenty of outdoor pursuits to be enjoyed too, from skiing to snowshoeing.

1. Plitvice Lakes National Park Complete with jaw-dropping lakes and connecting waterfalls, Croatia’s best-known national park, and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Plitvice Lakes, is unmissable during the winter.

Surrounded by dense forests of beech, fir and spruce, the area truly transforms into a winter wonderland during the colder months, especially when it snows!

3. Sokolac, Brinje Like something straight out of a fairy-tale, Sokolac Castle, located near the town of Brinje in the Lika region of Croatia, is a must-see, especially when it’s covered in a dusting of snow.


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4. Dubrovnik “Winter is coming…” so is there really any better place to spend it than in King’s Landing? Famous for its role in Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik knows how to put on a show during the winter months, especially during Advent.

Decked with Christmas trees and twinkling lights, Advent in Dubrovnik makes for the perfect festive break.

6. Zagreb Known for its month-long Advent festival, Croatia’s capital truly transforms during the winter months with twinkling trees and the sweet smell of mulled wine drifting through the air.

Consistently voted as one of the best Christmas markets in Europe, Zagreb really is an unbeatable winter holiday destination!

5. Dvor Trakošćan Another castle straight out of a fairytale, Dvor Trakošćan is stunning year-round but looks particularly magical during the winter. Found in the northern county of Varaždin, Trakošćan dates back to the 13th century and is one of the country’s most beautiful fortifications.

The castle is perched high above a beautiful lake and surrounding countryside, which makes for a perfect wintery day trip.

7. Opatija Nestled between mountains and the sea, Opatija makes for a picture-perfect winter escape.

The town’s luxuriously decorated streets, musical performances, festive markets and ice skating rink, makes it one of the best places to celebrate Advent and beyond. By Croatia Feeds


PHOTO: Josip Durdov


40 FROM LIKA REGION

Can You Solve This Old Riddles? In the old times when there was no television or internet, long winter nights people in Lika spent telling stories, singing songs and thinking about riddles. All kinds of riddles and puzzles were equally loved by kids and adults, they are characterized with beauty of expression and content variety. Created through ages and coming directly from the folks, they are important part of treasury of national wisdom. Many of them disappeared, forgotten or they are being remembered only by the elderly, while young people know very little about this part of national treasure.


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We are bringing you some of the national riddles coming from territory of Lika. Try to solve them before looking for the solutions on the bottom of the page and see how many you can get right. 1. What goes on the water but it doesn’t drink it? 2. On my auntie, leather until heals. 3. It’s going to the woods but it’s looking back home. 4. Crooked pig, grazes all the field. 5. What is in the mountain only on one leg? 6. Headful of tiny ants. 7. Full cote of white sheep. 8. White chickens fell from the sky and buried our door. 9. Two pots, four lids. 10. It stands in the path wrapped in green. 11. Small, black, emperor’s vermin. 12. Always going, but stays in one spot. 13. When it’s wet it is hard and when it’s dry it is soft. 14. Hanging on a peg without evil thinking. 15. Whose teeth never hurt? ANSWERS 1. Goat or cow bell 2. Sheep 3. Axe 4. Scythe 5. Mushroom 6. Pumpkin 7. Snow 8. Snow 9. Eyes and eyelids 10. Frog 11. Fly 12. Clock 13. Rope 14. Gun 15. Saw

PHOTO: Josip Durdov


42 ISLAND IN THE HEART OF LIKA

The story of how Otočac got its name There is an interesting story behind the name of Otočac, city in Lika located in the valley of river Gacka. Name of the city preserved the memory of one island, thanks to which Otočac survived to this day.


43 The word Otočac in Croatian language literally means “small island”. One may wonder, what does Otočac have to do with an island? In order to find answer to this question, we have to back to 17th century when province of Gacka found itself in the first line of defence against the Turks. After they conquered greater part of Lika and Krbava, Turks were stopped on the border of Gacka valley. Turks never managed to conquer Gacka thanks to the military crew of Otočac captaincy, they were staying in former fortifications of noble family Frankopan. The most important fortress, after which the captaincy was named, was the fortress on river island called Otočac. .

Coloured lithograph by Mate Brletić, 1861. (Source: Grad Otočac 5, Otočac, 1999.)

Invincible fortress on the island Hard to imagine nowadays, in history Otočac was located on a natural island, in the middle of the Gacka river expansion. It was fortified with strong walls that created the shape of irregular heptagon that had six towers on the outside wall and one squared tower on the inside. In the water and sludge right under the wall of Otočac, there were numerous huts, small houses built on thick pillars in the water. Many of these huts, housed soldier’s families. Citizens of Otočac used boats to go from one house to another, so Otočac seemed like a small version of Venice. Thanks to this ideal strategic position on the island, surrounded with water and thick walls, Otočac was almost invincible fortress that stopped the passage of Turkish conquerors towards the Senj and the coast, for multiple centuries.

Fortica At that time Fortica was established, fortress which remains you can still see today on the hill of the same name, right above Otočac. Building of Fortica was influenced by Senj uskoks, that were transfered from Senj to Otočac. Uskoks were afraid that if Turks conquer Otočac, their Senj would follow, therefore they joined forces with people in Otočac. In the year of 1619 together they built a brand new fortress they named „Fortica“, after Italian word „fotrezza“, which means - small fortress. Around the middle of the 18th century, after danger of Turks has passed, Otočac started to develop outside of their city walls. After becoming headquarter of regiment of Otočac, empress Marija Terezija made it into a big merchant city in the year of 1746. Over time many land reclamations of Gacka river were done and Otočac started to look the way it does today. Only reminder of turbulent past of former fortress, on the island in the middle of the river Gacka, remains the name - Otočac. PHOTO: Nikola Radelić


44 SMARTER, KINDER, SAFER

Nine Predictions For The Future of Travel Digital travel leader Booking.com has combined research from more than 20,000 travelers across 28 countries and territories* with insights from proprietary search and endorsement data as well as over 20 years’ of travel expertise to reveal nine predictions for the future of travel - in the coming year and beyond. With over half (53%) of global travelers responding that they won’t be comfortable traveling until a Coronavirus vaccine or treatment is in place, it may be a long time before we experience the world as freely as we did previously, but the industry will continue to adapt at pace, satiating our appetite to travel whenever it’s safe to do so.


45 1. WANDERMUST Amidst new waves of travel hiatuses, restrictions and continued uncertainty, our innate human desire to travel has not been dampened. During recent lockdowns two-thirds (65%) of travelers reported being excited about traveling again, while 61% indicated they are more appreciative of travel and will likewise not take it for granted in the future. Travelers also report that they plan to take a similar number of trips both domestically and internationally in the 12 months after travel restrictions are lifted in their country, as they did in the year pre-pandemic (March 2019 - March 2020). Our time at home has made us crave the world outside more than ever with over half (53%) of respondents asserting a heightened desire to see even more of the world, and 42% wanting to travel more in the future to make up for time lost in 2020 (rising to 51% for Gen Z and 49% of Millennials). What’s more, over a third (38%) intend to plan a trip to make up for a celebration missed due to Coronavirus (such as a milestone birthday or wedding), while two fifths (40%) intend to rebook a trip they had to cancel. With this, we can expect travel companies to get creative in 2021 with new itineraries and recommendations designed to capture the imaginations of travelers who missed out on trips in 2020 and who will be looking for somewhere stunning to explore to make their next trip more meaningful.

2. VITAL VALUE The financial legacy of Coronavirus will inevitably see people demand more bang for their buck in the future. 62% of travelers will be more price conscious when it comes to searching and planning a trip in the future and 55% are more likely to hunt down promotions and savings, behaviors that we predict will last years. But the value consumers expect will go beyond price tags with three-quarters (74%) stating they want travel booking platforms to increase their transparency about cancellation policies, refund processes and trip insurance options. Furthermore, 46% consider refundable accommodation a must-have for their next trip, as do almost half (36%) when it comes to the flexibility to change dates without being charged. And while travelers are keen to support the industry in its recovery (70%) and want their future bookings to help rebuild communities around the world (67%), they will expect a lot more from the travel industry in return. The industry will need to come together to respond inventively to offer deeper value, better choice, increased flexibility and transparency as well as more thoughtful experiences for tomorrow’s travelers as they scrutinize spend in 2021 and beyond.

3. FAMILIARISTS NOT TOURISTS In a new Coronavirus world, local travel has risen to the fore as it remains easier, safer and happily often more sustainable. Looking ahead, staying closer to home and becoming familiarists rather than tourists will continue to be at the forefront of travel agendas. 47% of people still plan to travel within their own country in the medium term (7-12 months’ time), with 38% planning to do so in the longer term (in over a year’s time). When it comes to local travel, 43% plan to explore a new destination within their home region/country and 46% will take the time to appreciate the natural beauty of their home country, while - locally or not, half (50%) intend to travel somewhere they’ve already been previously for its familiarity. Doorstep delights offer both cost and time savings to which destinations and accommodations will respond by offering more historic and cultural heritage tours to educate and entertain visitors, as well as vying for tourists’ affections through original offerings such as guest chefs and bespoke cocktails. With use of Booking.com’s ‘pet-friendly’ filter more than doubling since the start of travel restrictions, new and furrier breeds of travelers will also increasingly need catering for as we look ahead. All this in turn will fuel a Renaissance of road trips to explore forgotten local gems, a renewed passion to support local business and communities as they seek to rebuild, and inspire a newfound sense of pride in the history and beauty that’s just around the corner. Travelers will not write off the love of long-haul getaways, though. Appreciation for familiarity will sit alongside enduring love and anticipation of longer-haul travel as almost a quarter (21%) of people intend to travel to the other side of the world by the end of 2021, compared to only 6% by the end of 2020.

4. SEARCH ESCAPISM Our appetite to consume travel content, get creative with our travel plans and share our travel dreams with each other will continue to grow exponentially over the coming year. Seeking comfort and distraction during weeks in lock-down, the overwhelming majority (95%) of travelers spent time looking for vacation inspiration, with over a third (38%) looking at potential travel destinations as often as once a week. As restrictions continue to ebb and flow, we can expect destinations and accommodations to come up with even more inventive ways to capitalize on travelers’ heightened desire to escape reality and connect them with the experiences that await – from accommodations revamping their social media presence by leveraging content created by influencers who visited pre lockdown, to local tourist boards creating inspiring Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) content to visually showcase the best these places have to offer.


46 Yet, social media is not the only source of inspiration for global travelers when day-dreaming about their next trip, with 36% also opting to have a good old-fashioned chat with friends and family to spark their travel creativity. In addition, one third (32%) of people feel nostalgic looking through old photographs from previous vacations to help them decide on a future trip, recognizing that analog inspiration will also have a recognizable resurgence on our social media feeds. While we will see heightened mindfulness about how, where and when we share our traveling experiences in a more restricted and evolving environment, the benefits we derive from exchanging stories, when it’s been safe to travel, will fuel new trends in sharing and connecting. Think fab new takes on vintage vacay pics and seamless, innovative ways for travelers to share tips for their entire trips with interactive, shareable itineraries for their friends and families.

6. IMPACT AWAKENING With over half (53%) of global travelers wanting to travel more sustainably in the future, we expect to see a more eco-conscious mindset in 2021 and beyond, as Coronavirus has amped people’s awareness about their impact on the environment and local communities. More than two-thirds (69%) expect the travel industry to offer more sustainable travel options and travelers will consequently visit alternative destinations in a bid to avoid traveling during peak season (51%) and overcrowding (48%). This desire also means that 63% will stay away from crowded tourist attractions, indicating that destinations will need to adapt new, smart crowd management measures to appease travelers visiting their country. Additionally, the impact of Coronavirus has inspired more than half (53%) of travelers to consider reducing waste and/or recycling their plastic when traveling once all travel restrictions are lifted, showing that people are not just committed to protecting themselves, but also the places they visit. Travelers believe that the industry must adapt to this sustainable mindset for the long-term by offering more attractive off-season travel packages (46%) and proposing alternative destinations to prevent overcrowding (36%). There are also strong signals for travel operators to be more transparent about how travelers’ money is being used to rebuild a community, paving the way for more regenerative tourism. Two-thirds (67%) of respondents indicate that they want their travel choices to also support the destination’s recovery efforts, and more than half (55%) want to see how their money is going back into the local community.

7. BYE BYE 9 TO 5 Working remotely has irreversibly entered the mainstream during the pandemic with the knock-on effect that people will look to take longer trips in the future that more effectively combine work and pleasure than ever before.

5. SAFETY CLEANS UP Global travelers (79%) will take more precautions due to Coronavirus and will look to the travel industry to help them gear up for this new normal. Governments, travel associations and providers will have to work cohesively to set consistent standards to help keep travelers safe, and with expectations heightened, some destinations and businesses will need to work harder to regain travelers’ trust. Autumn starts soon and we couldn’t be more excited! Vivid red, orange, yellow, the scenery (rising becomes 59% of travelers willgreen, avoid brown… certain destinations to simply As our favorite time of thetourist year isattractions around the 67% ofamazing. Baby Boomers), and 70% expect corner - let`s plan the first autumn getaway. to adapt to allow for social distancing. At the same time, 70% will our only book a particular accommodation if “for it’s Last year photographer Josip Durdov took his drone a ride”what to capture beauty of “Filipov Kuk” at Baške clear healththe andnatural hygiene policies it has in place, with Oštarije. It was a(75%) magical drone flight over Velebit with a riot of three quarters favoring accommodations that have autumn colours . Because of the diversity of the tree species antibacterial and sanitizing products. in the area, the colours of the surrounding forests become extraordinary. Short-term there will also be a change in transport preference and provisions, with almost half (46%) opting to avoid public Recently, thefear location has beenCoronavirus. enriched with artificial transport for of contracting Thisanwill cause emerald greenshift lake in making it a favorite destination foraround hikers a longer-term how people will travel to and and lovers. The fall colours andpeople the varied colored their nature vacation destinations, with more choosing to leaves fallen the ground and in the walking paths rent or that drivehad their ownon car. will give you a great boost to keep walking and walking… The ‘new normal’ will also see travelers prioritize and There isto adhere also increased a scientific health reason and for safety all ofmeasures, this. In thewith fall, many trees break down becoming second the green nature pigments soonerand thannutrients we think. stored Just as in the we leaves. have become The nutrients accustomed are shuttled to traveling into the without rootsliquids for reuse in our in the spring. carry on luggage Some and treeremoving leaves turn shoes mostly to go brown, through indicating airport that all pigments security, two-thirds are (67%) gone. willTrees accept respond traveling to the to destinations decreasing amount that have of health sunlightspot by producing checks onless arrival andand less62% chlorophyll will accept and eventually wearing a mask stops in producing public. Quarantine chlorophyll.measures Now the will carotenoid remain in thepopular less leaves with showfar through fewer (27%) and the travelers leaves willing become toaaccept bright cascade these in order of various to travel shades to aofparticular glowing yellows. destination.

No longer confined to five days a week in an office and desperate for a change of scene from Working From Home (WFH), we’ll see a significant rise in the “Workcation”, with travelers looking to extend their vacation experience in new locales by staying an extra week or two to work remotely - or conversely factoring holiday around a stint of remote working. Expect laptops to become even more of a mainstay in luggage than ever before, and an attractive spot on which to rest them a must-have when choosing where to stay.


47 Already, 64% of travelers agree that technology will be important in controlling health risks when traveling and 63% say that accommodations will need to use the latest technologies to make travelers feel safe. More than half (53%) will want tech options to make last-minute restaurant reservations and almost a quarter (21%) will want more self-service machines instead of ticket desks. More than half (55%) are also excited about tech’s potential to further personalize their travel experiences in the future. This reliance on technology will only continue to grow as tech proves its worth and becomes more and more ingrained into our travel experiences.

Over a third (37%) of travelers have already considered booking somewhere to stay in order to work from a different destination, while 40% would be willing to quarantine if they could work remotely. Travel platforms and places to stay will prioritise showcasing home office facilities and WiFi speed in an attempt to attract this new wave of digital nomads. Likewise, the world of corporate travel will see increasing demand for privacy, cleanliness and longer stays among those traveling for business, requiring alternative accommodations to seriously up their ‘work-friendly’ game. While companies will undoubtedly reassess their approach to business travel in the future, workers will continue to maximise the trips they do take, with over half of travelers (52%) saying they would take the opportunity to extend any business trips to also enjoy leisure time at the destination.

8. SIMPLE PLEASURES As we learn to live with the consequences of the pandemic in 2021 and beyond, travelers will be keen to embrace a new and stripped-back way of experiencing the world. So much time spent in our own homes with our loved ones has given birth to adjusted travel priorities and a desire to enjoy more of our natural resources. Use of simple pleasure-related endorsements such as hiking (94%), clean air (50%), nature (44%) and relaxation (33%) on Booking.com have increased since the start of the pandemic, while research shows that over two thirds of travelers (69%) will look to appreciate more simple experiences such as spending time outdoors or with the family while on vacation. Over half (56%) will seek out more rural, off-the-beatentrack experiences to immerse themselves into the outdoors. Considering the renewed emphasis on privacy, sufficient space and personal control over cleanliness and hygiene, it is not surprising that we will see travelers look for accommodation ‘closer to home’ with 42% preferring to stay in a vacation home or apartment rather than in a hotel, contrasting 2019 when 64% of travelers favored staying in a hotel****. Almost half (46%) will opt to eat in more as opposed to eating out at restaurants, so a well-equipped kitchen will be essential for any vacation rental in the future. Relaxing trips will also be high on the travel agenda in the ‘new normal’, with more than half (51%) saying it was their preferred type of trip followed by beach breaks (40%) and city trips (29%).

9. SPONTECHNAITY Tech innovation will play a crucial role in rebuilding traveler confidence and we will see the accelerated use of tech to adapt to a new type of traveler. Tech will help us regain the spontaneity, confidence and ease of times past, while at the same time help people travel safely and responsibly.

The innovations we’ll see next will bring even more change, with enhanced online experiences influencing future travel behavior and planning. Over a third (36%) would feel more comfortable about going to an unknown destination if they could scout it out beforehand by using virtual reality (VR). That being said, the real thing reigns supreme with only 30% expecting to participate in more virtual/online experiences run by tourist attractions, local tours and workshops, proving that while we trust technology implicitly to bring us more convenience, personalization and peace of mind, its prime role will reside in being a conduit for, rather than a replacement (yet), for seeing, feeling and tasting it for yourself. Arjan Dijk, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Booking.com comments: “2020 has been a year like no other and while it will be some time before travel returns to pre-pandemic levels, all signs point to the fundamental and enduring role that travel plays in all our lives. It continues to bring moments of joy and inspiration to people across the globe during times of uncertainty, whether through dreaming and planning, or cherishing the trips we have been able to take. Enhancing our understanding of one another and our common desire to explore beyond the horizon, I believe that travel has a unique potential to come back stronger than ever in the years ahead as a primary driver of growth, equality and prosperity for people everywhere. In the meantime, with our mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, we will be there for our customers offering the widest choice, great value and the easiest experience from anywhere and on any device so travelers can enjoy all of the unforgettable experiences this world has to offer.” By Booking.com


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Lika was delighted by successful business women!


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5th international conference about women in entrepreneurship “Žene i točka“ was successfully organized in Otočac Successful business women from Croatia and abroad were guests of the 5th in a row International conference about women in entrepreneurship called “Žene i točka” which is now traditionally organised during December in Otočac. This year, due to pandemic safety measures, Conference composed of 17 panelists was available exclusively through live streaming, making its reach far greater when compared to previous years. In the heart of Lika, business women with great experience from Croatia and abroad, through three interesting panels, talked about their careers in different fields of entrepreneurship. Great number of panel viewers through streaming channel, shows the subjects were more than interesting. Panels on subject of “Woman in time”, “Women in science – changing the world”, and “Leaders of change – wide effect of women in society” opened many questions about female entrepreneurship and brought us very interesting conclusions about female careers concerning different fields in the world of business. Through very lively and constructive discussion, they answered to the question of who exactly is the business woman of today. How much effort does it take for a woman in business together with private life and how does their position compare to the one of their male colleagues, moreover, what is considered mandatory for a woman to achieve, just to rightfully call herself successful in the field of business and science.

Exchange of the opinions offered different perspectives but all the ladies agreed in one – knowledge, effort and talent will bring success if they go hand in hand with persistency and continuous improvement. The point of this conference, which was organised by Croatian Chamber of Economy, County Chamber Otočac, is to publicly speak about women in entrepreneurship regardless of their religious, national and ethnical affiliations. To highlight their abundance and achievements in Lika-Senj county, Croatia and neighbouring countries, to encourage existing and potential female entrepreneurs in pursuing new business projects but also to help them connect in order to exchange knowledge and experiences. Exactly that proved to be of great importance during this Corona time, because every new job and every new business contact will bring value in continuing to successfully operate many businesses and maintenance of stable economy.


51 In continuation we are bringing all three panels.

PANEL No.1 – “Woman in time” Ida Prester, moderator, musician and influencer Ivanka Đelilović, owner of the Plasinia brand and CEO of Plasinia d.o.o. company, Zagreb Lenka Gospodnetić, journalist (Slobodna Dalmacija), published author of poetry collection, short stories and aphorisms “Jesmo li sami?” (Are we alone?) Mira Bogdanović, historian, sociologist Tamara Kajari, certified professional organizer, founder and owner of “SLAGALICA” company

PANEL No.3 “Leaders of change – wide effect of women in society” Aida Zubčević, owner and CEO of “Faveda” d.o.o. company and president of the Association of female entrepreneurs in Bosnia and Herzegovina Aleksandra Carvalho, CEO of Mereor d.o.o. company for accounting and consultations Alida Perkov, founder (2001) and president of the Association of female entrepreneurs BPW First Croatian club Pula/ founder (2016) and president of female entrepreneur’s network for Adriatic Ionian region (BPW AdrionNet) / certified consultant for entrepreneurship Helena Podgoršek, owner of the social enterprise “Temida”, member of “Podjetniški inkubator Vrelec”, Rogaška Slatina Sanja Popović Pantić, president of the Association of female entrepreneurs in Serbia

PANEL No.2 – “Women in science – Changing the world”

Zvezdana Oluić, director of PR and marketing department and consultant for female entrepreneurship and management in Union of the employers in Montenegro (UPCG)

Anita Bušljeta Tonković, scientific associate on the Institute of social studies Ivo Pilar / Leader of regional center Gospić in Institute of social studies Ivo Pilar Daniela Gračan, doctor of science, fulltime professor and headmistress in Department of tourism at the Faculty of management in tourism and catering, Opatija Iva Dasović, assistant professor in geophysical department at the Faculty of science in Zagreb Ivana Miletić, fulltime professor at University of Zagreb, endodontic specialist and dental pathologist, KBC Zagreb, Dental clinic Jasminka Brala Mudrovčić, assistant professor in department of Teacher education for primary school in Gospić, faculty of Zadar Jelena Uzelac, senior lecturer / Vice-dean for legal affairs at Effectus Institute of higher education PHOTOS: Vedran Božičević


www.zagreb.in Gospić – A City under Velebit mountain, a place of leisure and active holiday Gospić is the administrative centre of the Lika Senj County – the greenest county in Croatia. National parks of Plitvice, Velebit and North Velebit are also located in Lika, a place in which many tourists from Croatia and worldwide find their place for relaxation and enjoyment. Gospić is a cosy city offering numerous free time activities for active tourists, mountaineers and bikers. Important noting is that Gospić has total of 397 km of bike roads also known as “The roads of Velebit” that connect surrounding places of Gospić to Štirovača, a valley at the foot of Velebit. Except of bikers, Gospić also hosts mountaineers and lovers of adventure sports. Rizvan City is an adventure parklocated only few kilometres away from Gospić. This outdoor centre offers accommodations in traditional Lika cottages, bungalows and camping possibilities.

Mountaineers and other nature lovers will find their peace in the Velebit, the lengths mountain of Croatia. An advantage of staying overnight in Gospić in summer is the cool mounting air and around half an hour of travel to reach the Adriatic coast and relax on one of the beaches in or around Karlobag. Such a luxury does not exist in many places in the world. Gospić is offering a variety of accommodations too; two hotels and a number of private accommodations in traditional or newly renovated family homes as well as small family farms around the city. Beside beautiful nature that can be admired all four seasons, Gospić is also providing a rich culinary offer of national Lika cuisine. Everyone vising Gospić should certainly visit Memorial Park Nikola Tesla in Smiljan – the birth place of this big genius and visionary Nikola Tesla.

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CHOOSE MALTA

TAKE YOUR WINTER TO THE NEXT LEVEL Comfortable temperatures, holiday season festivities, and fewer crowds make Malta more attractive in the winter.

During winter, the average temperature around the Maltese islands is between 17°C-20°C. This comfortable weather allows for delightful strolls throughout the cities and natural landscapes, and it is not too cold for the beaches to be off limits. Not to mention, the sun is constantly shining on the islands, so the fear of overwhelming cold is non-existent.

One international way of enjoying nice weather is grabbing a seat in an outdoor Café, and undoubtedly Valletta has plenty of those. Visitors who stop by such cafes will enjoy a more authentic experience, finding themselves mingling among locals and enjoying traditional Maltese dishes while watching people stroll by.

It is worth mentioning that during winter there are fewer crowds around popular attractions. That means, photography enthusiasts who seek Malta for its abundance of Instagram worthy sights, visiting in winter would be the better choice. That way, your photos will not be tarnished by the masses of other tourists.

Of course, not unlike many other people around the world, the Maltese put a lot of effort in their Christmas decorations. Valletta has the most elaborate preparation with dazzling lights across the streets, and festive music all around. With cheerful displays and traditional performances across the island, holiday season in Malta is a sight you would not want to miss.

To make use of the fair weather, guests enjoy exploring the islands on Segways during this season. Valletta is Europe’s smallest capital and is best to be explored on foot. So, why not make the journey of exploration more fun and add a Segway to the mix. Malta Segway tours offer an entertaining 2-hour tour along Valletta, with interesting facts about the city and shortcuts to popular attractions.

Malta has loads of other outdoor activities that are better sought during winter, like climbing in Gozo, quad biking, trekking, hiking and more. And with travel restrictions finally getting looser, it might be the prefect time to plan a winter escapade to the Mediterranean with your loved ones.


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FOOD & RECIPE

Masnica

Masnica is the oldest and most famous cake originating from Lika. This pie is consisted of flour, water, salt and pork lard. This traditional meal was usually prepared in the period between the Epiphany and Lent, (from there we got the saying “One of Three Holy Kings, time of Masnica brings”). Even though the sweet variation is more common, the salty versions were available too. For example the dough can be filled with ground cracklings or with the combination of fresh cow’s cheese, sour cream and eggs. It can also be enriched by ingredients such as raisins, garlic or prosciutto and it’s typically served with yogurt, sour milk or a variety of spreads and jams.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS •  1 kg of flour •  ¼ of yeast •  Little bit of sugar •  3 eggs •  2 tablespoons of salt •  5 tablespoons of oil •  2 spoons of diluted vinegar •  3-4 dcl of warm water •  Pork lard PREPARATION Out of the mentioned ingredients manually form a dough, when possible divide in three equally sized portions which we leave to rest for the next 20 minutes. Every dough portion needs to be rolled out and stretched as thin as possible, once stretched, dough is coated with warm melted pork lard and then rolled inside. If you want a sweet version then simply add extra layer of sugar or jam. Place in oiled baking pan of your choice, coat the top with pork lard and bake 45 minutes on 200°C

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