Disputes between Slovenia and Croatia over the sea border do not seem to affect the mood of Slovenian tourists, who still, according to a recent survey, prefer to spend their summers on the Croatian sea and, along with Germans and Italians, are the most numerous foreign tourists.The Ljubljana daily Delo conducted a survey that showed that 49 respondents prefer to go on holiday to Croatia, 45 percent spend their summers in Slovenian resorts, 7 percent in Italy, 4 in Spain and 3 percent in Greece. It is interesting that more than 75 respondents say that they will spend the summer in Croatia or spend at least one day on a trip there. According to the Croatian Tourist Board, in recent years the number of arrivals of guests from Slovenia has grown by two to three percent.Most of them cite the geographical proximity of Croatian destinations, natural beauty, family and friendly ties, similarity of language as the reason for coming to Croatia, and we should not ignore the fact that many Slovenes in Croatia have their own holiday properties. Slovenian President Borut Pahor also decided to spend his summer holidays on the Croatian sea, so he announced that he would spend a week with his family in Umag. However, Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar is bypassing Croatia in a big way. He will spend his vacation in August on the Slovenian sea, mountains and lakes, and will also enjoy the beauties of the Montenegrin coast and the Austrian Alps.Slovenian tourism is also recording better results in terms of the number of guests, which prompted the tourist staff of Bled and Bohinj to tell domestic tourists not to come in the height of the main season but in the fall when there are fewer guests.Slovenians mostly visit destinations in Istria and Kvarner, followed by destinations in the Zadar region. Tourist traffic from Slovenia is dominant in the camping segment. In the segment of commercial capacities, family accommodation is in second place, followed by hotels. A relatively high share of Slovenians’ traffic is made up of arrivals and overnight stays in non-commercial accommodation facilities.Take a look at the key features of tourist traffic from Slovenia here
BEN CLASSON/Herald photoAlthough the weight of her contributions may not always show up in the following day’s box score, the effects of losing Lynn Anderson to a leg injury were certainly felt throughout Wisconsin’s weekend series with No. 8 Northwestern. The junior shortstop’s fluid defense and strong throwing arm have been on display all season long and have gone largely unheralded. But as the saying goes, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”After bearing the brunt of a hard slide at second base against Illinois-Chicago last Tuesday, Anderson stayed in the game without giving it a second thought. But her leg injury was evidently more severe than was originally diagnosed, as stiffness and swelling forced Anderson to watch UW’s two weekend defeats from the bench. Just when it seemed that the Badgers’ one-through-nine was firing on all cylinders as a cohesive unit, Anderson’s ill-timed injury forced head coach Chandelle Schulte to shuffle her starting lineup. Regular third baseman Athena Vasquez moved over to fill the vacancy at shortstop, and Theresa Boruta and Ricci Robben each started a game at third base against Northwestern.Boruta, who typically plays second base, hadn’t made an appearance at third in more than a month, and Robben, who has occupied the designated hitter spot for the last three weeks, saw her first action at the hot corner since March 31.For Vasquez, a former high school shortstop, getting back in the groove at short after extensive time at third looked to be seamless, but she admitted it wasn’t as natural as it appeared.”It just put me a little off, playing in a new spot [instead of where] I usually am at third,” Vasquez said. “Having Lynn out there at short is a confidence boost, because you know she’s going to get every ball. We miss her out there.”While the transition was mostly smooth for Vasquez, her teammates took a little more time adjusting to their new positions. Robben and Boruta were responsible for the only two errors in the series for UW, and both occurred while each was taking her turn at third. Robben’s was particularly costly in Game 1, as her misplay of a Nicole Pauly grounder extended the Northwestern half of the sixth. The Wildcats would capitalize three batters later and score the go-ahead run.But Schulte made it known that it wasn’t the play of any specific individual that did the Badgers in this weekend. Rather, Anderson’s injury essentially just threw a wrench into what had been a well-oiled defensive machine.”Missing Lynnie was huge,” Schulte said. “It’s a big difference, but not because [the replacements] are not good. It’s just about the chemistry and knowing where you’re supposed to be on the field. We got hurt both days by that.”With its loss Sunday, Wisconsin wrapped up the home portion of its schedule and will finish out the regular season with an eight-game road trip, beginning at UW-Green Bay on Tuesday. And while Anderson continues to recover on the sidelines, Schulte’s infield situation becomes ever more convoluted.”Somebody’s going to have to step up and play,” Schulte said. “You just have to make the routine plays, and that’s where my frustration lies, when we’re not doing that.”As for Anderson’s status on Wisconsin’s upcoming road-trip, Schulte is undecided.”We’re not sure,” Schulte said. “It’s a day-by-day thing. She will be back, but we’re just not sure at what point.”And with Wisconsin’s postseason hopes riding on its success in the final two weeks, a healthy Lynn Anderson and rock-solid infield defense might just be luxuries that the Badgers have to live without.
Off to one of its best starts in recent years, the Wisconsin women’s tennis team still wants more.With an 11-7, 2-2 Big Ten record, Wisconsin has renewed energy and a hunger for victory that is pushing them to continually improve.“We’re just trying to make sure that we get better every day,” head coach Brian Fleishman said. “We don’t want to get complacent or lazy and think that we’ve accomplished something great – we haven’t, not yet. It’s been a better season, but Big Ten is our goal. The next six matches are going to be dogfights and it’s basically going to be who wants it more and I think this team is really hungry.”This weekend is Wisconsin’s first chance to prove its hunger against Indiana (10-8, 0-5 Big Ten) Saturday and Purdue (9-6, 3-2 Big Ten) Sunday.Recently, Indiana has given Wisconsin quite a bit of trouble, especially last year in a 4-3 win.“They know that that 4-3 loss to Indiana last year, we let it slip away. We’re going to use that from last year to motivate us to get us through the match this year,” Fleishman said. “Indiana, they’re always tough. I think we’re a much better team than we were last year and I think their team is good, but we’re just a better team in general. It’s all going to come down to how we perform on game day – errors to winner ratio, how we conduct ourselves emotionally. I think this team that I have this year really wants it bad.”After another 4-3 loss to Purdue as well, the Badgers feel they’ll be able to edge out the Hoosiers and the Boilermakers this weekend and continue building the success they’ve had this season.“We’re just building off that,” junior Alaina Trgovich said. “IU and Purdue were both 4-3 matches last year, so I think we’re just really pumped up for that and this year, I think we have the edge over them.”Despite having a better season overall this year, the Badgers still faced disappointment last weekend after being shut out by the Wolverines.Last Sunday, Wisconsin fell 7-0 to No. 8 Michigan. Regardless of the tough loss, the Badgers feel confident they learned a lot and can use the experience to help move forward.“We’re looking at the Michigan loss – we learned a lot from that match,” Fleishman said. “We know they’re at a certain level and we want to strive to get to that level. Now, we kind of know what we need to do, how we need to play and how we need to perform on game day against quality teams like that.”The loss to Michigan marked Wisconsin’s last home match until the end of April. Heading on the road the next two weekends, the Badgers know they need to bring as much energy to the court as possible.“I think we have to go into the matches excited since it’s not going to be at home, we’re not going to have that support,” freshman Jenny Hois said. “The support is going to have to come from us and if we go in there excited and ready to play, then we’ll have good results.”Entering the toughest portion of its season, Wisconsin is cognizant of maintaining its confidence level.“We’re playing great,” Hois said. “As long as we go into the matches respecting everybody but not fearing anyone, that’s the biggest thing. If you go in there confident… if you are expecting to win, then you won’t ever have that feeling of desperation during the match. Confidence is the biggest thing.”