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LIFESTYLE

Lifestyle is the way people live. Lifestyle is everything we do, we see, we listen to every day. Our team has chosen three topics from our everyday life.

Youth in society


The young people are and will always be a very important link in our society. And people see that today. Society is encouraging, beaming and giving us a chance to progress. But, young people meet all kinds of troubles and problems in everyday life
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I think that first and the biggest problem is bad influence of mediums to the young people. Daily dose of bombing with bad or not important information start when we open a television. What do famous do, what are they wearing, how are they behaving….
„If you want ot be like famous people, do that and that…“. That cannot be good for anyone’s health and psyche. Instead of socializing face to face, young people use Facebook and MSN for communication. Ok, they have their advantages but young people are glued for the monitor for couple of hours minimum. Go out! Play some sport; socialize with your friends, your girl-friend/boy-friend. Enjoy and use a day!

It is undisputedly that certain pressure to young people comes from the school. “You must be a good student! You must work hard! You have to be the best!” Well, we do not. I think that school will be more interesting to students when there will be no marks. I admire the Swedish people who do not have marks till 9th grade. Their students are being taught team work, tolerance and learning without pressure. And still, Sweden is one of the most advanced countries in the world.
Well, it is not everything so black. Adults see the necessary of encouraging young people. Every state, region and city have their scholarships, biddings or rewards with which they stimulate us for better work. Especially if the prises are the computer or other equipment or journeys. But the money is also often stimulation for further work. 

Young people are taking par in our society, too. They take part in all kind of organizations, school activities, in political independent organizations and other associations. That is good because we can learn new skills and get new knowledge from different fields.

Green lifestyle

The definition of lifestyle is "the way of living". It is actually a set of man's attitudes, habits and influences of man's surroundings, traditions and laws of his country and his religion. Today, lifestyle is mostly specified by music, fashion, media and everything that controls the world. We can divide lifestyle in two ways. We can divide it by social status (lifestyle of rich and less rich people), and by its effects on us - positive lifestyle (which is not harmful for nature or for people) and negative (which is harmful for nature or for people).

One of the most positive lifestyles is "green lifestyle", because it includes care of nature and healthy life. Most people who chose to live like that are closely connected with nature and many of them are in some of nature lovers associations. Those people do not only take care of themselves, they take care of all of us.
 

In the other hand, the way of living directed by fashion and Hollywood is absolutely harmful, at least for humans. Sadly, that kind of lifestyle is very popular, especially with females in teen age. Such lifestyle makes them to behave very immortal towards themselves. They want to be just like famous models or movie stars, which leads them to anorexia, bulimia or numerous other disorders  

In theory, man is free to choose any lifestyle that he wants. But, in practice, he must choose a lifestyle which will not be disturbance or even threat to other people. He also has to choose a lifestyle suitable for his funds. For instance, if you are poor, you cannot choose a lifestyle for which you need a lot of money. You cannot choose a lifestyle of a movie star, or something like that, simply because you don not have enough money to act like them. Ironically, if you are rich, you can choose any lifestyle you want.

MARUN- “Marun” carries the noble mark of species sweet chestnut. We can find a lot of them on the slopes of the mountain Učka that is also one of nature parks of Croatia. “Marun” is typical for the area in the vicinity of Lovran, Opatija and the surrounding area so…in our neighbourhood it is also called "Lovran Marun". “Marun” is very different from the normal chestnut. On the first glance it has a lighter shell and more delicious taste and it is much larger and bigger. The produce of chestnuts is characteristic of the Nature Park Učka and is located on a lot of pictures and travel cards for tourists. Lovran chestnuts arose with mixing domestic and wild chestnut seedlings that Lovran sailors brought from the Far East countries most likely Japan. “Marun” falls into the highest quality type of chestnuts in our area. Our people lived from the export of olives, wine and cherries and of course “marun” before in the past (17.century). They are very expensive and in demand from other countries but “marun” can grow only in our region.
Marun had great importance in the way of nutrition and development of gastronomy of this area. From the ancient times people prepared various dishes, soups, cakes, frostings and sweets with “marun”. Sauce of the marun is often served with a meal as a supplement (for example…with deer).We can make all kinds of desserts with “marun” such as pancakes, pies, cakes, ice-cream and “fritule”. In the past, people roasted grind chestnuts, and then
cooked as a substitute for coffee. Its honey is used to prepare a special drink - brandy and honey known under the name of “medica” - honey drink.. We have a traditional event called "MARUNADA" in Lovran and in the surrounding places in the middle of October every year. We can try all the food made of “marun”, mead and young vine on these events. We can also enjoy in tradicional folklore programs, the performance of brass band orchestras and music unique to this area and sometimes in race with bicycles.

HERE IS A RECIPE OF “FRITULE” (for everyone who enjoys cooking):

    • Put the eggs, sugar, vanilla and vegetable oil in a bowl, and beat them together with a wooden spoon for a while. Add lemon and orange zest, and raisins.
    • If you use dry yeast, mix in the yeast in one part of the flour. Then, add this to the eggs; or If you use fresh yeast, melt the yeast in 2 dl of warm water. Then add the yeast to the egg mixture, and then the flour.
    • Mix with the wooden spoon. Continue mixing until the dough stops sticking to the wooden spoon.
    • Leave the dough to rest, until it is almost doubles in size. The mixture is going to be warm, but it mustn’t be too warm otherwise it will ruin the yeast. If your pot/bowl is cold, put it in another bowl/pot filled with warm water.
    • Pour some oil into a pan - you need to have enough so that the “fritule” don’t touch the bottom of the pan when you add them to the oil. Heat the oil until fairly hot.
    • Dip a spoon in the oil. This will stop the dough from sticking to it. Then, take a bit of dough in your hand, squeeze it in your fist, and scoop off what comes out between the thumb and the index by using the spoon. 
    • Put the dough ball into very hot oil. And repeat the process: dip the spoon into hot oil, then scoop the dough, then put the dough ball into hot oil. Fry until it becomes golden brown
    • Turn the dough balls over. Start taking them out when they get this nice light brown colour
    • Take them out in batches and put on some tissue paper, which will soak up some of the oil.
    • Put the “fritule” in a pan and cover them with a lid to keep them a little warm.
    • Repeat the process until you use up all the dough. Sprinkle with icing sugar before serving. “Fritule” don’t need to be put in the fridge, and can last for a few days.