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Practicalities

Groceries & Supplies

There are two grocery stores: a big one at the harbor and a small one in one of the alleys in the lower village. Although being modest in size, the smaller shop offers almost the same range off supplies as it’s larger competitor. Prices in both shops are about the same and larger than the ones on the mainland or even in Mali Lošinj. This is more so with prices of vegetables and other items which spoil quickly.

Cooking gas is also soled on the island - ask in one of the shops for directions.

Every now and then the island is visited by small ship bringing fresh vegetables or even a smaller trawl-boat with fresh fish caught that morning.

Except for light bulbs of fuses, which are available in the local shops, most hardware items or tools one has to go to Mali Lošinj. In Mali Lošinj there are also two petrol stations, repair shop for outboard motors (Mercury, Evinrude, Volvo, Yamaha and others), a fish market, supermarkets etc.

Post & Telephone

Post Office is located across the street from the school. There’s a big yellow sign on the wall so you can’t miss it. Post Office is run by a pleasant lady called Maria, who knows by heart where everybody lives - not only the locals, but also the people who visit the island regularly. I must say that this isn’t an easy task, since the village little streets and alleys are a true maze, while the house numbers are scattered randomly.

In the post office one can send letters or telegrams, buy stamps and postcards, use a public phone. They even sell stuff like fishing equipment, cigarettes, play dolls, and a bunch of other stuff which has little to do with post.

Not many houses own a telephone land line, although it’s quite useless for the people just visiting, since the whole island is covered by the cellular signal of both operators (T-Mobile and VIP).

There is no internet café of any sort, but one can use the cellular network. Although sometimes terribly slow, GPRS is available (one can only dream of EDGE or 3G).

Electricity

Electricity is standard 220 V 50 Hz, with Type C and Type F sockets.

There haven’t been any power shortages, although that might change since everybody is getting an air conditioner, and capacities of the underwater cable are limited.

Emergencies

Everybody hopes that it will never come to any emergency, however one must always be prepared just in case. The only medical help on Susak is a little infirmary run by the nuns from the local convict. They will fix benign injuries such as cuts or bites, but for more serious stuff (i.e. toothache) you will have to go to Mali Lošinj. In case of a real life-threatening emergency a police speed boat i sent from Mali Lošinj or even a helicopter from Rijeka. The infirmary is located in the same building as the post office - it’s on the first floor.

Although Croatian medical system might not charge you in case of emergency, it’s always better to have travel insurance. It costs close to nothing, but can really help - helicopter can be an expensive ride!

School

School building has been used as a reference point for describing location of a few other places (Post Office, Emigrants club, etc.). It’s a big yellow building in the center of the lower village. Apart from school, the same building also hosts harbor master’s office.

The school is run by a lady called Barbara, who also owns a restaurant in the upper village). Pupils here attend only the first four years, after which they have to go to Mali Lošinj for the other 4 years. After that they usually continue going to Mali Lošinj to high school.

Infrastructure

Until a few years ago on the island there was no running water and sewage. Both are now built covering entire lower village and partially the upper one. There is till no asphalt or cars. Telephone landlines are rare to find and the cellular signal is week. Probably all the houses have an underground water tank in which the rains is collected. Every now and then a water-carrying tanker visits the island in order to fill the these cisterns and the water supply tank just outside the upper village.