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From the first postings of the International Educational Outreach Program (IEOP) activities June 18, 2015, (http://news.aafs.org/aafs-news/aafs-ieop-2015-destination-croatia/) and June 24, 2015 (http://news.aafs.org/aafs-news/an-update-from-croatia/), travelers Peter T. Ausili, MS (Criminalistics), Moses S. Schanfield, PhD, (Criminalistics), Robert E. Barsley, DDS, JD, (Odontology). John E. Gerns, MFS, (General), Shakuntala Teas, MD, (Pathology/Biology), Danielle Ruttman, (Jurisprudence), and Nancy Jackson (staff), along with traveling companions, continued on their way to experience Croatia.
Day two, June 16, took us to St. Catherine’s Hospital (http://www.svkatarina.com) where we were greeted by our host, Dragan Primorac, MD, PhD (Criminalistics), Chairman of the Governing Council of St. Catherine’s Specialty Hospital. Dr. Primorac provided a personal tour of the facilities. Not only a teaching hospital, the beautiful and very modern St. Catherine’s Hospital is a European center of excellence for advanced imaging, orthopedics, spine surgery treatment of pain (pain management), and sports medicine. Most of the hospital physicians are forensic expert witnesses in the fields of orthopedics, neurosurgery, neurology, and spine surgery.
IEOP travelers and key staff at St. Catherine’s
Leaving St. Catherine’s Hospital, we moved on to the Kaprina Neanderthal Museum. After a short introductory film, we toured the museum and found many educational as well as amusing exhibits. Built on the site of the 1899 fossil discovery, the building mirrors the surrounding hillside, mimicking the sites and smells the Neanderthal human would have experienced. Approximately 900 human fossil bones have been uncovered in the sandstone deposits, the largest number in a single dig site.
Nancy’s new friend at the museum
Not wanting to miss out on the beauty of Croatia, we moved on to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Located in central Croatia, it is the oldest and largest national park in Croatia. We enjoyed a not-so-leisurely walking tour of one of the most breathtaking parks in the world. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey, or blue. The colors change constantly, depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.
The park is made up of a series of lakes, caves, and waterfalls. The lake system is divided into the upper and lower lakes: the upper lakes lie in a dolomite valley and are surrounded by thick forests and are interlinked by numerous waterfalls; the lower lakes, smaller and shallower, lie on the limestone bedrock and are surrounded only by sparse underbrush. Incredibly beautiful, the few short hours were not enough to enjoy this incredible park.
To be continued.