Locus: Croatia

An installation called ‘Greeting to the Sun’ is located in the port area of Zadar, and uses solar power to project a night-time light show. PHOTO: Maia Segura Wang

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Jelena-Tica-150From sapphire waters to ancient towns, Jelena Tica, a PhD student from EMBL Heidelberg, takes us in and around her hometown of Zadar.

Croatia has a rich cultural heritage – one of the most impressive is the traditional costumes and dances one finds in the different regions. One of my favourites, a traditional sword dance called the Moreška, dates back hundreds of years. PHOTO: Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research

Croatia has a rich cultural heritage – one of the most impressive is the traditional costumes and dances one finds in the different regions. One of my favourites, a traditional sword dance called the Moreška, dates back hundreds of years. PHOTO: Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research

Croatia has a long coastline of rocky and sandy beaches. I love to travel to some of the islands, islets, rocks and reefs that line the coast – the country is rightly known as the ‘land of a thousand islands’. PHOTO: Jelena Tica

Croatia has a long coastline of rocky and sandy beaches. I love to travel to some of the islands, islets, rocks and reefs that line the coast – the country is rightly known as the ‘land of a thousand islands’. PHOTO: Jelena Tica

Travelling from region to region reveals distinct culinary traditions. One of my favourites is in Dalmatia, where alongside seafood and pasta one of the dishes of choice is ‘pršut’ – a home-cured ham dried out by the cold wind ‘bura’ and usually smoked. PHOTO: Maia Segura Wang

Travelling from region to region reveals distinct culinary traditions. One of my favourites is in Dalmatia, where alongside seafood and pasta one of the dishes of choice is ‘pršut’ – a home-cured ham dried out by the cold wind ‘bura’ and usually smoked. PHOTO: Maia Segura Wang