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Top 5 reasons why visiting Croatia during summer is a must


Like a deciduous tree that keeps to itself over winter reserving its best version for the heat of summer, Croatia is an amazing country that turns headlines across international tabloids on account of its hot season appeal. Its winter lure is commendable but there’s no doubting its excellence in summer and here are five reasons why that is so:

1) Finger-licking Mediterranean cuisine


Seafood is understandably the country’s specialty given its enormous 3,500-mile coastline and a similarly massive history fashioning various dishes with exemplary native spins. From king crabs to fresh oysters and all sorts of underwater delicacies, there’s nothing you won’t find on the menu courtesy of the fertility of the neighboring Adriatic Sea. Besides a diverse and delectable collection of seafood, its wine heritage is similarly to die for with the country honing its wine fermentation skills way before even France knew what wine was. So you are sure to get a taste of fine dining offering an experience into a gastronomy industry that is counted among Europe’s and the world’s best.

2) The Dalmatian Islands

The Dalmatian Islands

Count up to one thousand and you’ll still be two hundred short of how many beautiful islands and islets there are in the endless aqua waters engulfing the country. You’ll get various experiences across islands including calm hidden away gems with nothing to offer but spades of seclusion and untouched nature to modern hubs such as Hvar renowned for partying like there’s no tomorrow. Croatia’s archipelagos are gorgeous as they are numerous ensuring not only an abundance of choice but also pristine quality as well.

3) The “Game of Thrones” experience

Game of Thrones

HBO’s GoT has been all the rage this year with its final series not quite living up to the expectations of the worldwide fandom. While you may have been disappointed by the last chapter, you’re sure to be impressed by real-life versions of scenery used to depict famous locations like “King’s Landing” and the “City of Meereen”. Such sites are littered across Dubrovnik and pockets of other locations around the nation with there being tours providing walks through all your favorite GoT sets. While looking around, you might even look into a nearby house for sale and get yourself residence close to the “Iron Throne” or somewhere else overlooking turquoise horizons and storybook sunsets.

4) Enchanting beaches


Sitting back on a sandy beach in a picturesque location somewhere is basically what keeps us going through winter and Croatia has no shortage of excellent world-class sandy shores. We would expect nothing less of a coastal nation herald as the continent’s sunniest and blessed with striking nature. Zlatni rat and Bacvice beaches are only two popular choices on a list running into dozens encompassing everything from nudist beaches to night joints.

5) Round-the-clock celebrations


If you are the party lover who can stumble from one party to another all seven days of the week, then you and Croatia are a match made in heaven. Carpe Diem on the island of Hvar is party central during summer bringing together talented artists and DJs from the continent and beyond. Besides Hvar, Split and Zadar towns also have a busy nightlife while popular events such as “Yacht Week” become the norm across islands and towns in the country.

And we’re only just getting started as there’s plenty of summer delight in Croatia. It is one of the world’s most popular summer vacation destination with its rich Roman history, friendly population, peacefulness, affordability, security and many other factors making the Dalmation nation the apple of millions of eyes.

Is A Lawyers Lifestyle As Glamorous As It Is Made Out To Be?

Is A Lawyers Lifestyle As Glamorous As It Is Made Out To Be?

There are many TV shows and films that make lawyers out to be gods among men, American TV shows such as Suits show lawyers in high rise, glass, contemporary offices with $2000 suits, attractive assistants and simply walking around New York talking to clients and doing hard negotiating face to face. Unfortunately, the reality is very different for most people (of course some of the worlds best lawyers will live a lifestyle similar to this but 99% will not).

The road from entering the legal profession straight out of university is very long, tiring and arduous and to make it to the very top you will need some luck along the way. To it’s credit, Suits does actually do a good job of showing what life is like for graduates in the ‘bull pen’, you will work VERY long hours, be asked to all of the jobs the partners and senior partners don’t want to do and spend most of your life under a pile of paperwork. To some extent you will be a glorified paralegal writing the paperwork required by more senior people within the firm for them to get the job done and you will be expected to do this with no mistakes. One mistake can make a big difference to your future at a law practice no matter how tired and worn out you may be. The rewards if you get it right though are huge.

Once you move out of being the new guy, you will then move on handling some of your own case work, these will often be lower risk cases with lots of litigation involved. A large part of being a lawyer is actually dispute resolution, depending upon the area of law you are specialising in, this could be the majority of your job. For example, if you are working at a dispute resolution solicitors in Manchester within family law, the majority of your time will be spent doing this. It can at times be tedious but it is important to remember the impact your actions will have on a persons life, no matter how mundane it may seem to you.

Overall a lawyers life is very good compared to most peoples, you will earn well above the average wage and will only go on to earn more with the more experience you get. You then have options to work for larger, more corporate firms or go and set your own practice up if you prefer a more relaxed lifestyle. Just remember though, if you are aiming for the Suits lifestyle you will need to be one of the 1% so don’t base any career decision on this. 

How To Renovate Your Bedroom Without A Big Budget

How To Renovate Your Bedroom Without A Big Budget

Renovating a space can be quite complicated, especially if you’re not very DIY-savvy. The usage of different materials and planning the actual renovation could be very complicated and could also lead to a very, very stressful time when not set up properly. Budgeting is also another very powerful part which we should consider, especially when done within small environments like a bedroom. Let’s try and break down how to do this properly, shall we? 

Picking The Right Materials 

When renovating any space, especially if very small, it’s very important to pick and choose the right materials for you. In order to choose the right materials is mandatory to evaluate which parts of the room you’re going to change and, whether in case you’ll need to paint them, it’s very important to check if they are connecting well with the rest of your furniture. Contemporary furniture is a great choice to add either a modern or authentic finish to your bedroom.

Having A Plan Of Action

Deciding how you will approach a home renovation is something which will save you a lot of time (and money when buying materials/tools). Keep in mind that a plan of action isn’t just “let’s move this here from there”, but a detailed step by step document which you should follow when actually approaching the renovation, regardless of its size. 

A plan of action should also be heavily relying on your budget and its ROI, so to speak. Don’t exaggerate on a single task if it’s going to slow down the execution of the entire plan! 

Using The Right Tools 

Always underestimated, but vital for a proper renovation or any building-related task, the usage of the right tools is something which is very likely to change amateur work from a professional one. Using the right tools for each specific task will also very likely improve and speed up each individual task, so that’s a big reason why no one should underestimate this task. 

To Conclude 

As you can see, there are a lot of things to take into consideration when planning, executing or even thinking about a small or big renovation. Hopefully, these tips will help you in making your place looking even better than now! 

Surrogacy Benefits Of Working With An Agency

Surrogacy Benefits Of Working With An Agency

Looking for a surrogate mother is not an easy task, which is why many intended parents seek the help of a surrogate agency. Once you have made the difficult resolution of opting for a surrogacy procedure to build your family, the road ahead can be confusing and daunting. You will spend a long time considering various emotional roller coasters that you have to go through, along with your family and the people that will be involved in the procedure. You may also be unsure about the practicalities and processes involved in a surrogacy procedure.

There are multiple surrogacy benefits you have considered but there are also pitfalls you want to avoid which is why you are advised to work with a reputable surrogate agency.

When pushing through the procedure, there are many decisions you have to make. First, you need to identify and decide on which type of surrogacy procedure do you need and which process would you go through. When making the decision, it is important to have a medical professional or surrogate doctor to guide you. One of the options is artificial insemination where the woman never has enough or lost egg cells.

Since the intended mother’s eggs cannot be used, the sperm of the intended father will be artificially inseminated to the surrogate mother’s egg. Therefore, the child will be biologically related to the surrogate mother. The procedure mentioned falls under the type of surrogacy which is referred to as traditional surrogacy.

Since the child has no biological relation to the intended mother, there are legal implications that must be followed. The intended mother must adopt the baby once he or she is born to have a legal claim and be recognized as the child’s parent. The intended parents must ensure that the surrogate mother signs a legal agreement that she will give up her parental rights.

In some cases, the intended parents agree or allow the surrogate mother to have some form of visitation rights since she has a biological relationship with the child. It must be noted that all these details are arranged and agreed upon before the child’s birth.

If the traditional route is not a good option, you can opt for gestational surrogacy. This procedure allows the intended parents’ egg and sperm to be combined through the process called in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The resulting embryo would be inseminated or inserted into the surrogate’s womb. This process is done if the pregnancy is dangerous to be carried by the intended mother. In other cases, gestational surrogacy does not entirely need the intended parents’ egg and sperm. If either of the intended mother or father is infertile.

A sperm or egg donor will be utilized. The same IVF process will be used and the embryo will be transferred to the surrogate. Gestational surrogacy is the most common procedure since the surrogate mother has no biological relations to the child.

Whichever method you plan to choose, the surrogate mother will also experience emotional complexities, which is why she must be emotionally stable. Some intended parents choose to do the procedure independently and choose a family member or close friend as the surrogate.

Such independent arrangements have some benefits such as there is a greater level of connection between the intended parents and surrogates. Since the surrogate is a close friend or family member, she can stay in contact with the child. It is also way cheaper than going through an agency.

However, there are major disadvantages to going to the independent route. You still need to stick to a legal protocol even if your surrogate is a close family member. There must be lawyers involved to create an agreement for both parties. Your surrogate choice and her partner will also need to have medical testing which you have to organize for yourself. The medical tests include physical and psychological tests.

The process is too unnerving and difficult. You have to learn everything for yourself with no one else to guide you. This is why partnering with a dependable agency is a great solution and you will reap surrogacy benefits while in the process.

You may feel odd that you are involving a stranger to this very sensitive experience but at least, you have an assurance that the surrogate underwent rigorous screenings. A reliable agency will always keep you updated and informed through all the stages of the process.

One of the best surrogacy benefits you can gain with an agency is that they will have to do the hard work and update you on what is needed. This removes the stress of the journey from you. The agency will get your medical history, as well as your potential surrogate’s physiological and psychological tests. They will use this information to match a compatible surrogate that will match your needs.