Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Is Croatia Finally Becoming the 12-Month Tourist Destination It Should Be?

Whisper it quietly, but a number of factors are turning 'The Mediterrean as It Once Was' from a summer beach destination into one of Europe's most exciting and diverse tourism countries going into 2017, 12 months a year. Meet Croatia. 

Friday, 8 July 2016

A Year as a Foreigner in the Croatian Media: Total Croatia News Turns One

Total Croatia News celebrated its first anniversary on July 8, 2016. Some reflections on running a Croatian media portal as a foreigner.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Journalist Feeling Sad As He Got It Right - Overview Of The Croatian Appearance at EURO 2016

One sad writer analyzes the Croatian Team at the 2016 EURO.

Sunday, 7 March 2021

Is It Really Necessary to Poison the Minds of the Next Generation?

As Croatian divisive politics harks back to the past and continues to divide the country, is it really necessary to poison the minds of the next generation?

I am aware that this article will alienate a number of people, particularly the large number who will not read past the headline but still pronounce their social media hatred and threats. I am ok with that. I am aware that the article will probably get a lot of hits, but I don't write for the hits, as TCN is not a clickbait website, but I think that it is an important thing for people here to consider as they debate the past and the future. 

It is an article I have wanted to write for a very long time, but I have hesitated, knowing the likely reactions it would bring, but the time is right, particularly now with the current cycles of division and hatred in the political scene. 

As a parent, there are events and dates that you never forget. Being present at the birth, first smile, first steps, the first day of kindergarten. And so on. 

And in my case, November 19, 2014, a date I will never forget. 

It was 6am, another tranquil early morning on the island of Hvar, and I was starting the day's blogging in bed when the door opened and my 7-year-old daughter entered shaking and sobbing. I took her into the bed, wrapped her in my arms and kept her warm and safe, not talking to her. I was trying to figure out what in the world would make her so upset in this paradise childhood on Hvar, surrounded by a loving family, where everything was safe, safe, safe. 

Racking my brains at trying to find clues to anything that may have upset her - an argument, something. Nothing. And then I saw the date on my computer. The day after November 18, an important day in the Croatian psyche, remembering Vukovar. It is a very dignified memorial of a recent and horrific event, as streets bearing the city's name all over the country are lined with candles, and town squares are filled with candles put there by those who will not - and should not - forget, including school children. It must have been something about Vukovar that so upset my daughter. 

"What have people been saying about Vukovar? Is that why you are upset?"

"Yes, Daddy, it is horrible. The Serbs came with tanks and they destroyed everything, and then they took an old man and put him on this thing, and then stretched his body, and then they put cigarettes out in his eyes." And she cried again.

I held her tight and changed the subject, tears welling up inside me - a mixture of sadness and anger.

Seven years old, first grade at school.

What had been taught at school and what discussed in the playground, I have no idea, but the case is certainly not isolated to her school - it is common all over Croatia. Time passed, but the thing would not leave me, and as I was chatting to my girls the other day, I asked them to show me their homework for Vukovar. Above is the homework of my younger daughter, seven years old when she did it.

"Some of my friends drew dead bodies, Daddy, but the teacher told them that they should not draw dead bodies."

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Well done to the teacher, but what kind of society are we living in, when young children are drawing dead bodies for their homework, creatively reproducing the images that their society has given them?  

Remembering - and learning from - Vukovar is of the utmost importance, but is this really the way to do it? People will tell me now (once again) to fuck off back to London, and what do I know, coming from a country which has not experienced the horrors of the Nineties here. And I would agree up to a point. I was in Rwanda in 1994 during the genocide, where 8,000 people a day were killed every day for 100 days until 800,000 people or 11% of the population had been killed. Looking at the progress Rwanda has made in the last 20 years from its horrors is striking compared to here. 

But that is a separate discussion, for my concern here, are the minds of the next generation. Should they not be filled with love and beautiful things, to give them the strongest possible start in life, rather than drawing dead bodies at the age of seven? Isn't there a time later in their childhood when they can get into the torrid detail, if they must?

The burden of the young modern Croatian child is not restricted to the recent conflict, it continues with politics. My daughter came home from school one day, again aged seven, to tell me that one of her friends was HDZ and the other SDP. She had no idea what either meant, but kids had been branded, almost like Hajduk supporters, and the education of division at home has started. The number of times I heard the words Ustasa, Fascist, Partisans and Communists among Jelsa's younger generation after the famous Christmas star episode, is alarming. 

Croatia is the most political country I have ever lived in, by far. Ask the average adult Brit on the street how many politicians they can name by face and job title, and the answer will probably be about 5-10. Despite what people may think with the running of this website, I am apolitical and politics is never discussed at home. Despite that my daughter can name and recognise the following:

Mayors Peronja (Jelsa), Baldasar (Split) and Bandic (Zagreb - did you see him trying to speak Italian, Daddy - so funny).

Presidents Mesic, Tudjman, Kosor (the day after yesterday Daddy), Josipovic (did you see him falling off the stage in Belgrade, Daddy, so funny), Kolinda.

Tim, Bozo, Tomi K., Zoki - she knows them all. Not because she is into politics at all, but because politicians are celebrities here, spouting their division and harking back to the past at every turn. 

Nine years old. 

We can't move forward until we have dealt with our past, they scream in the bars in Sydney. Lustration. Nothing without lustration. I abhor all totalitarian regimes, and true horrors occurred on all sides in this region for too long. But what is the plan for the future? To continue to poison the minds of the future of Croatia, to prolong the hatred for another generation? And then another, and another? To provide the first nightmares in the lives of your children and grandchildren? For what?

Croatia desperately needs to move on before all its young talent has left, it needs to look to the future. People say it is still filled with its Communist past, with the prominent people in yesteryear pulling the strings today, without the mentality changing. I can accept that, but those people will become less and less by generation until they are all gone, and then we will have a new Croatia, a Croatia which has new heroes - Mate Rimac, Luka Modric, Janica Kostelic and others, people who were themselves barely touched with the horrors of the past, apart from early childhood. These are the role models and symbols of the new Croatia that children should be talking about and trying to emulate, rather than learning about political division and how to draw dead bodies.

The hate in Croatia is unbelievable (and my inbox is a small snapshot of it), and while I understand it, the question to the haters and those who refuse to move in is this:

Is this really what you want for your children? Inducing nightmares on your own kids, and watching them express their creativity by drawing dead bodies at the age of seven?

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Total Croatia News Speaking at 17th HUOJ PR Conference: Croatian Tourism Through Foreign Eyes

TCN is delighted to be invited to speak at the 17th Croatian Public Relations Asocciation (CPRA) conference on a panel called Times of Change: Croatian Tourism through Foreign Eyes. 

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Is a Foreigner Allowed to Have an Opinion in Croatia?

The joys of expressing an opinion as a foreigner, or why Croatia will never change. Is a foreigner allowed to have an opinion in Croatia?

I was chatting to a fairly senior Croatian diplomat recently about Croatia, the Croatian mentality, the ineptitude of this government (I may as well say it publicly, as their men in dark suits and expensive surveillance equipment were listening to every word at the Liberland conference I attended in a village north of Osijek this weekend - Evelyn Waugh, where are you when we need you to satirise A Weekend in Alice in LiberWonderLand), and the diplomat said something that really made me smile:

"We are a half-retarded nation surrounded by beautiful nature."

It was a comment I shared with perhaps 20 Croatian friends, and none of them disagreed, with several laughing wryly at what they saw as the sad truth of the statement, but my smile had nothing to do with the statement itself, more with the reaction that would have been evoked if I had stated the words as my own. 

The opinion of a foreigner... 

As an aspiring blogger, I was extremely sensitive about any comments from the general public when I started the Total Project 4.5 years ago. Every comment was analysed, and even the mildest criticism would have me contemplating, making me extra careful for the future. I was on reasonably safe ground, however, as I was writing positive promotional stuff for Croatia's premier island, articles which were getting international attention, and which even inspired a couple from Mexico City to move to Jelsa (and they are still here in Croatia, more than three years later). But even when you are positive as a foreigner, the criticism is not far behind. My all-time favourite:

"It is not right or fair that a foreigner has the best website about Hvar." Excuse me for breathing.

 It did not take me long to realise that the occasional criticism when you were being positive could turn to an avalanche if you dared to say anything negative. It is one of my fascinations with Croats in general, much as I love them. When the system or an issue really sucks, it will appear in the newspapers, outrage will be expressed online and in cafes, and nothing will change. But if that issue is aired in the English language, thereby widening the publicity and with a greater chance of effecting that change, well - the shame! Foreigners might hear there are problems. Never mind that there might be change, or a greater awareness of the issue - by expressing an opinion as a foreigner, all the problems of the issue are heaped upon the person without Croatian blood. 

It used to bother me, but now I found it both amusing and constructive as, for every 100 comments of hatred from trolls with erectile dysfunction, there is one email - actually more each time - of support from people who are tired of pretending all one has to do to love life is wrap oneself in the flag and relive the good old days. Those one, two or increasingly more emails have given me renewed hope for this country, as I am finding that there are enough committed people to make a change. 

To get to that small minority however, you have to go through the wall of hate, and listen to the majority who deny you the right to an opinion. While privately many will agree with you about the ineffectiveness of certain officials, or about the lack of information, should you dare to write about something like bus timetables in Jelsa, the vilification begins, and friends who agreed with everything you said a week before in private, now unfriend you on Facebook, look the other way on the street, and join the online campaign to discredit the foreigner who dared to say something negative about a local. A closing of ranks, and if things are so bad here, why don't you just fuck off back to England?

The fact is I DO like it here, for all its faults, and I would not have invested so much time promoting Croatia internationally if I did not. I also think I have a right to an opinion, and I do find it amusing the way any criticism of anything Croatian is automatically redirected against the opinion maker, rather than admit that he might have a point. While people can spend the entire day complaining about what is wrong with Croatia, should a foreigner dare to express the same opinion, he is ostracised. It is one of the reasons why Croatia will never change, for its people are unwilling (or incapable, I am really not sure which) of taking on board constructive criticism. 

The reaction to my last editorial on the discovery of the uhljeb left me genuinely surprised. The first surprise was how widely the article was read. I have travelled all over Croatia these last couple of weeks and met lots of new people, and nearly all of them had read the article. Unless they were an uhljeb, I didn't meet anyone who disagreed with a single word, but of course behind the curtain of online anonymity, what right did this British idiot have to criticise us - he should look at his own country (that deflecting the problem somewhere else again). 

It is not just me. While almost everyone I know complains about the economic situation and Croatia's poor performance, when an establishment like the EU points out a couple of things, they should be checking Bulgaria and Romania instead (our old friend, deflection again). A constuctive criticism of Croatia is always seen as an attack on Croatia, and as such encounters resistance and zero change. 

I had perhaps my most uplifting meeting of the year last week in Split. It helped perhaps that there was beer and my four companions were engaging and attractive young ladies, but what really inspired me was that here were four women from Hvar, Korcula and Solta who were motivated by the desire to bring positive change for their communities, and they have started a great initiative to bring together the positive energy of the islands into one place online in Croatian. I was more than happy to agree (and felt privileged to be invited) to join their project, and Total Croatia Islands will start later this year. Thank you for an amazing evening, ladies, if you are reading. 

"But Paul, can I ask you about those articles you wrote about the new Hvar brochure. There are a lot of people in Hvar Town who are really pissed off with you."

Ah, the brochure. Island of Hvar - Genuine Hedonism.

"I really don't understand, none of us do. Hedonism is about good food, good wine, indulgence. Why did you complain so much?"

It was a question that was asked in the Facebook comments when the foreigner expressed an opinion, before telling him to fuck off back to the UK. The thing is, I explained to the lovely lady opposite, I know exactly what you are trying to say, and what hedonism means in Croatian (I lived next door to Andro Tomic), but in English it means something a little different, and to prove my point, I entered the word 'hedonism' into Google Images, which is where I found the lead photo above. Don't try this at work unless you are not easily offended by lots of naked flesh in strange position - a wonderful promotion of Hvar. 

"Oh my God, now I completely understand," said my new, energetic friend. 

But how many others will, and will the brochure be distributed and cause more damage than the cost (and two years) of production? Of course it will, for the opinion of a foreigner is to be discarded, for what does he know, he is not from here. Of course I am not from here, and this is another thing which amuses me. Two of the most vocal groups in my experience are the Croat who has never travelled but has the most informed world view, and the son of the diaspora who has grown up abroad on stories of Croatia from older generations, spiced up with a month holiday in the summer each year. What could a foreigner, who has visited more than 90 countries and lived in 10 (including 13 years full time in Croatia) know about Croatia, the world or anything else? 

Reading through this, I wonder if I come across as bitter. I really am not, and I can honestly say that I have never felt more energised or motivated in my 13 years here. One has to wade through the trolls with erectile dysfunction to find the quality people here, but I am finding it easier to meet those people, and once we make of a success of Total Croatia Cycling, Total Croatia Wine, Total Croatia Technology and Total Croatia Islands, I am sure the ratio of trolls to quality people will become more even, and I look forward to that VERY much. 

In the meantime, I will continue to express my opinion - that is, of course, if a foreigner is allowed to. 

For more editorials from TCN, click here.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Meet the Total Croatia News Writers: Slobodan Kadic

I have been privileged over the last couple of years to have been invited on numerous Croatian press trips around the country. Privileged because I am often the only foreigner and also because I am not a trained journalist, and so I usually feel that I do not belong. But there are some journalists on these trips who not only make you feel welcome, but also who make you feel that you belong.

I can think of no better example of my (now) good friend Slobodan Kadic, an outstanding journalist from Glas Slavonia in the north-eastern territories where most Jelsa boys never venture. From the moment we met at Palmizana on my first Gastronaut trip, Slobodan has had me smiling and laughing every moment of our time together, and we have agreed to embark on a project together writing the definitive guide to Croatian vegetable festivals when time permits. 

I am feeling bolder about asking my writing friends for help with Total Croatia News, but I have to say that nobody has so far reacted quite as positively or as quickly as Slobodan. Not only did he agree and send his first article within an hour, but he called me this morning with a couple of ideas for stories if they would be of interest to the site. 

Thank you, Sir, and I am honoured to have you on the team, and I look forward to our readers discovering the magic of Slavonia through your keyboard.

About Slobodan Kadić

Freelancer - journalist of Glas Slavonije daily newspaper and photographer, member of FIJET Croatia (World Federation of Travel Journalists and Writers) Executive Board. Winner of HZSN award for work/activities in local media.2009. Now living in Moscow (Russia) and Klokočevci (Croatia).

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Total Croatia News, the First Interview (English Version)

Firstly, apologies for the lack of Total Split service in the last few days. I have been working hard to get everything ready for the launch of Total Croatia News, our latest (and most ambitious) project, which will go live next week. After a short break, Tracey is also back in the saddle next week, so full Total Split service will be resumed, and with interest...

Total Croatia News is almost there, and I am looking forward to the challenge of provide a (hopefully positive) daily stream of articles about all aspects of Croatian life and from all over the country, as well as Croatian communities abroad. Our first interview was published in leading portal Index.hr yesterday, and I was genuinely shocked and greatly encouraged at all the messages of support and offers of help that hit the inbox after publication. Thank you all, and if I haven't responded yet, it is because I am a little overwhelmed. 

You can read an English version of the article below, and here is the original Croatian version on Index. Join us! If you would like to make a contribution in this experiment in citizen journalism, we would love to hear from you on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or follow Total Croatia News on Facebook. Thanks for your support, and we look forward to seeing you on this exciting journey into unchartered territory.

Over to Index...

After more than 11,000 articles promoting life and tourism in Dalmatia, Hvar-based British blogger Paul Bradbury is turning his attention to perhaps his most ambitious project yet, a daily news portal for Croatia in English.

Bradbury, whose work on Total Hvar, Total Split and Total Inland Dalmatia earned him the FIJET 2014 Marco Polo Award for best international promotion of Croatia at the National Society of Journalists last December, plans to launch Total Croatia News early next month.

What is Total Croatia News and why do we need it?

Total Croatia News is an attempt to fill a much-needed gap in the Croatian media scene. We have now been EU members for two years, and apart from the work of our colleagues Croatia Week, who do an excellent job reporting on the Croatian media, and some reporting on Dalje, there is almost nothing online in English about news in Croatia. Interest in Croatia is growing, and there are many great news stories about Croatia to report, and I am looking forward to the challenge.

Is there a place for a new news portal on the media scene and tell us something about the targeted audience?

If the portal was in Croatian, I would not attempt the project, but there is so little media information in English that I think there is place, yes. We want to promote the positive about Croatia where possible (not always possible when dealing with the news here...), as well as highlighting the success stories. I was at the Korean Embassy recently for the anniversary celebration of the Croatian – Korean club, for example. Some amazing work is being done, in both directions, and that work deserves to be shared with the world.

Our audience target is threefold. Initially of course, we will be looking to attract readers from the diaspora and foreigners interested in news about Croatia, but we also hope that by offering something a little different and living by the Total philosophy – Give People What They Want – that we will be read increasingly by locals. This was the case with Total Hvar, with many islanders commenting to me how much they appreciate the comprehensive reporting of life on Hvar, even some who do not even speak English. We will have a big focus on business, and if reporting on the numerous Croatian business success stories in the international language of business helps attract investor interest, we will be more than happy.

Will you produce the original material or will it be just the news from the Croatian news portals?

It will be a combination of the two, but our emphasis will be on original material as much as possible. We are very open to collaboration with national and local media with an interest in an online presence in English. We will of course be scouring the Croatian media and reporting on some of that, but we will also be producing plenty of original contact and topics. The Korean story above is one such example. The amount of original news will obviously be linked to how many journalists we can employ.

How will you distinguish/differentiate yourself on the market?

Apart from the language issue, I believe we will be different by actively working to create the news, rather than lazily reporting on the words of others wherever possible. TCN is also an experiment in citizen journalism, by which I mean we are encouraging people all over Croatia (and the diaspora) to report on relevant news where they are. It is an idealistic project, and we hope people embrace it and help us to grow it. We have a very healthy early interest so far, much more than I was expecting. Although we will cover Croatian politics, the site is non-political, and that could be a refreshing change for many in this very political society.

Tell us something about the team that's behind Total Croatia?

Well, apart from this fat English blogger, we will have two bilingual full-time writers, one an experienced journalist with extensive knowledge of Croatia, the other an American living full-time in Dalmatia. If our funding plans come off, we will be looking to add to that team very quickly, but I am honoured to have already received quality contributions and offers of help from a variety of great sources. These include Andrew MacDowall, a freelance journalist who writes for The Guardian and FT about the region, Cliff Rames in New York, the pioneer of international promotion of Croatian wines, leading Aussie blogger in Zadar Sarah-Jane Begonja, one of the country's most respected gourmet experts, Zoran Pejovic of Paradox Hospitality. And several more. We are also partnering with various national media outlets both as a source of news and a strengthening of our brand. We actively encourage cooperation not competition.

Will there be a different approach in reporting the news from Croatia? Maybe a different angle, a positive one?

The aim is to be extremely positive, as we have been 99% of the time with our Total projects in Dalmatia. I see TCN as a force for good, and an opportunity to promote the very best of Croatia. I am delighted that my photo heroes Romulic and Stojcic – surely the most talented photographers in the country – have agreed to work with us, and we will have a Photo of the Day through their lenses, exploring this great country in all its nooks and crannies. That is a great promotion opportunity for Croatia. As I am officially the worst photographer in the country, having Mario and Drazen on board is a huge bonus.

In your experience, what's the main difference between Croatian media and media abroad?

The politics! I don't think I have lived in any other society where the appointment of a kindergarten director is a political appointment, or where local tourist board directors have more to do with political loyalty than actual ability or passion for the job, and this is reflected in the media. The quality of Croatian media could be a lot better, and while the British media doesn't always get it right, I laughed for a week when I read that my volunteer editor at Total Hvar had not only met the Queen, according to the Croatian media, but she was also the only Croat ever to be received at Buckingham Palace. She has never been to the palace or met the Queen... We do not always get it right, but we do try and source and reference as much as possible.

How did you prepare for what's ahead of you and what are your expectations?

My main expectation is abuse, and lots of it. I have long ago learned that a foreigner having an opinion about Croatia, even when it is positive, will attract lots of negative comments. Dealing with anonymous abuse and even death threats is a fact of daily life, and one reason the site will not have a comments section. As for my expectations, I really have no idea. Naively perhaps, I hope that enough people will embrace the site and want to support it so that we can move it to the next level. But one thing I have learned after 13 years here is to expect the unexpected...

Are you planning on starting "with a bang" or are you gonna start slow and see what's best?

If you are willing to provide the fireworks and Champagne, we can have a VERY jolly party... There will be a press conference, more details to come. We plan to launch in July.

What are the short-term/long-term plans?

We will see! I am interested in the reaction, and we will be guided in part by that. I had a very productive week in Zagreb recently, meeting ambassadors, businesses, PR companies, media outlets. I was asking for advice and gauging interest, and I was greatly encouraged by the very positive reception. I would like to move it forward, working with anyone who wants to work with us.

Long-term, things are finally branching out nicely. We are in discussions to expand our Total tourism promotion services to other parts of Croatia, as well as starting the same project in Munich. A life between Munich and Hvar sounds quite appealing... The more people who want to be involved in a positive way, the better the product we can make to portray Croatian life and business internationally in a positive light. I would hope the project will be well received, but this is Croatia...

Our site will go live next week, but for now we have a Facebook page where people can contact us

Monday, 29 June 2015

Meet the Total Croatia News Writers: Vivian Grisogono

She is, according to the Croatian media, the only Croat every to be received by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and so it is a true honour that Vivian Grisogono has agreed to join the Total Croatia News team.

The fact that young Vivian has neither been to the Palace nor met the Queen is by the by, another example of the sensationalist inaccuracies of the Croatian media on occasion. As Total Hvar's original pedantic and unpaid editor-in-chief, I have been very grateful to Vivian for all her support, encouragement and advice since launching the project in October 2011. She has been there from the start, and our daily meetings for late morning refreshment at Cafe Splendid have become an important part of the Total daily routine. 

Now happily enjoying a very busy and productive retirement in the village of Pitve on Hvar, Vivian had a distinguished physio career in the UK, including working with the British Olympic team in Moscow in 1980, and she is a distinguished author in the field of sporting injuries. Apart from berating Total Hvar for the continual typing errors, Vivian has been ploughing her energies into several projects at an age when others might take things a little easier. She founded the charity Eco Hvar last year, which has quickly become an environmental rallying point for people who care about green issues on Hvar and beyond, and her lobbying is mirrored by some of her fantastically detailed research on key issues, such as this piece on the dangers of Glyphosate, an article which deserves a global audience.

Not only that, but Vivian is also making progress to open the first animal shelter on Hvar, and anyone with an interest in getting involved is welcome to contact her. Her passion for all things Dalmatia is reflected in this extraordinary piece she wrote recently about a new interpretation into Diocletian's Palace.

Viv will be contributing as time permits, and she will bring a welcome closer look at some of the environmental issues in Croatia, as well as whatever else she feels like sharing with us. Welcome, Grofica, and thanks for your continued support. The next coffee must be on me. A little about Vivian - by Vivian. 

"Born in London, where her Croatian parents had finished up as refugees from the Second World War, Vivian Grisogono lived in England for most of her life, but came to live permanently on Hvar when the opportunity rose in 2004. Educated at St. Paul’s Girls’ School and Oxford University, after graduating in Modern Languages she took up physiotherapy and specialized in sports injuries. During the 1991 – 1995 war against Croatia she organized and participated in projects to help the war victims. She has done extensive teaching and writing, and in 2012 published her tenth book, a completely new version of ‘Sports Injuries a Self-Help Guide’. On Hvar her time is divided between treating patients, writing, tending her olives, looking after numerous dogs and cats, and promoting measures for improving health and caring for the environment."

You can contact Vivian via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Join us! If you are interestied in contributing to the site, we would be interested in hearing from you, or follow Total Croatia News on Facebook. We are launching early next month. 

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Meet the Total Croatia News Writers: Danni Matijaca

I have wanted to hire this Australian lady for quite some time, but knowing how in demand she is with her unique set of skills, I never quite had the courage to ask her until recently. If I was to have a daily national portal, I would need colleagues who were not only bi-lingual and experienced writers able to work to tight deadlines, but also those who understood the undercurrents of the Croatian political scene, and who had contacts thoughout the land to get the very best interviews and the very latest info.

I have lost count of the many faces of Danni over the last couple of years since we first met; organiser of the highly successful Days of Croatian Small Boat Building, presenter on Radio Split, Master of Ceremonies at events hosted by embassies to small associations, excellent copywriter, simultaneous translator, an extremely effective connector of people, and a very nice lady on top of all that. Her combination of Western mindset and sarcastic humour make her the perfect companion in the Total editorial room, and her understanding of the nuances of Croatian life mean that she is a valuable addition to the Total Croatia News team. Through her media and PR responsibilities, Danni is in a position to get the best news and the exclusive interviews for us, such as a VERY rare interview with one of America's most controversial doctors in Bol recently, Dr. Anthony Atala

Danni will be one of the main writers for Total Croatia News initially. Thanks for joining the team, Danni, and I will enjoy taking sarcasm to the next level in the office. A little more about Danni, by Danni:

Born and raised in Australia, Danni describes herself as an accomplished media and communications professional (she insists she’s in no way an expert, still needs few more Vegemite sandwiches to achieve that status) with more than 10 years of experience in internal and external communications, social media, blogging, printed, radio and TV journalism, copywriting, content and editorial media relations in travel, tourism and hospitality. For the last 5 years she’s been putting her strong journalistic and PR background to good use as a communications consultant for various tourist boards across the Mediterranean. Listeners of HRT – Radio Split are well familiar with her voice as she hosts several daily shows a week.

You can contact Danni via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Join us! If you are interestied in contributing to the site, we would be interested in hearing from you, or follow Total Croatia News on Facebook. We are launching early next month. 

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