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Three bridges, Ljubljana

1. Ljubljana = the beloved one.

And you could find the name really suits its place in the citizen’s heart. Ljubljana is not that major capital where its bustling with cars, and skyscrapers. But rather it is a quaint, peaceful place, with cafe along the canal that divide the city. It is as if the city have no other obligation, rather than to serve, and to be loved by its inhabitants.

2. Visako drevo = high trees

While it is true that whole Slovenia is still rich with nature’s gift, abundant with hills and national parks, the thing that I would like to emphasize here is the similarity between the language with Russian. I know, I know, they are all part of the same Slavic language family, but what rather amazed me is the fact that while it is located farthest from any other Eastern Europe country to Russia, their language is the most similar.

3. Not arrogantly rich

Slovenia is what Russia would be if they play their card right into free-market system. This small, not very resourceful country somehow cleverly managed its way through various economic crisis, and even is the GDP generator of whole Yugoslavia during Tito’s time. Its amazing how a country that small, actually manage to float the GDP not only for its use, but also to support its rather unfortunate neighbor during the Yugoslavia time. They are one of a few Eastern Europe country that manage to adopt the Euro.

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4.Love thy home!!

When Czechchoslovakia open its border to the west, and various “Colour revolution” is taking place in the East, a big portion of the Eastern community migrate to the west in search of a better future. This phenomena was happening almost in every part of the east, with exception of Slovenia. Most of its population is happy enough to stay where they are, and belief that the best place is the one where they were born n raised. And they seems absolutely right about that.

5. Look! there’s church on that hill..and that! …and that!!

I lost count on how many churches there was on top of the hill. It seems almost as if on every hill, it is topped by a church. Like in most European country, church used to be a great figure in socio-politic development of Slovenia. Today however, they are only parts ofย  mere picturesque view- since most Slovenian didnt consider themselves a church-goers. Well, at least thats what I’ve been told ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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The Valley of Logarska Dolina

6. Swiss without the CHF!!!

Why do people forget that along those Alps in Switzerland, behind the great mountain range, there’s absolutely another land which is untouched and more serene that tourist-packed Swiss? Too expensive to convert ur local currency for skiing in swiss? then head over to Logarksa Dolina, Slovenia.

7. Vegetarian is in!!

I guess in Latvia people will stare at you dubiously if u declare yourself a vegetarian, let alone a vegan. Not in here though! The vegetarian food is great! and its daily market serves cheap, abundant fruits all summer long! I paid 2 euro for a bag of apricots that fill me up from lunchtime till dinner.

8. Dog..dog…friendly puppy!

Maybe too friendly for me ๐Ÿ™‚ I would have to admit I have this irrational fear of this canine, but the one in Slovenske Konjice magically banished it ๐Ÿ™‚

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Little Ella

9. Family & Friends

I stayed with a couple with their sweetest little girl, and we walked around the neighborhood in the evening. Everyone seems to know everyone, and that homey feeling u get when u are in ur hometown? Well, u can get it here too ๐Ÿ™‚ even the women selling ice-cream would smile at you.

10. Buckwheat taste better in the mountainous range

I never liked buckwheat before, but combined it with a warm pirogi, and a breeze juice on top of a hill, while looking over down to the valley of Logarska Dolina, it cannot be any more perfect!!

11. You will love “A Rooster Breakfast ! ” ๐Ÿ™‚

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