Tuscany minus the crowds The end of April – beginning of May is traditionally the period when Slovenes depart for Italy (preferably Tuscany or Lake Garda) or to the Balkans to delve into some Yugo-nostalgia while gorging on enormous amounts of grilled meat. Since we both prefer less crowded places (i.e. less people who speak…Read More
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South Moravia vineyards and fields
Ayurveda with benefits or how I survived two weeks offline
On Christmas morning I logged out of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and boarded a plane. I was ready for a mental and physical detox. And what better place to end up at than Perumbayil Ayurvedamana, an authentic ayurveda hospital in Kerala. What followed were two weeks of complete relaxation that led me to some surprising…Read More
My year 2017 in pictures
Facebook keeps reminding me how great my 2017 was: According to Zuckerberg’s algorithms I made X new friends, earned Y likes, wows and hahas and gained a couple of “biggest fans”. But what does this really say about the last twelve months? Not much, as it turns out. Apart from the fact that I posted…Read More
Camping Ski Holiday. Seriously?
I love skiing. When I swoop down the slope on a crisp winter day I can feel almost as ecstatic as a dog sticking its head out of the car window. Not even freezing cold and snow can deter me as long as I know there’s the sweet reward of hot sauna and tasty meal…Read More
Can you lose your globetrotting mojo?
The other day I dug up my old backpack that has been withering away neglected at the back of our wardrobe. It’s been over six years since our last big trip. Our once so beloved backpacks gave way to suitcases just like multi-week long journeys were replaced by several shorter escapes. As we are getting ready…Read More
Camping in the Dolomites: Winding roads and spectacular views
»Do you want to go camping?« – »No.«- »Fine, so we’ll go just for three days, not four.« The conversation with my hubbs ran something along these lines when we were deciding where to spend an extended weekend in August. So it was agreed – or at least that’s how I understood it – we’re…Read More
Camping in your fourties vs your twenties
Against all odds I rediscovered camping in my forties. However, that’s no longer the same experience I remember from my student years. These are just some of the most striking differences: 20ies: Picking the lightest tent you can find because you can only carry so much in your backpack. 40ies: Carefully choosing a campervan for…Read More
Salzburg or Ljubljana: What’s the difference?
I clearly remember my outrage a few years back when an American travel journalist said to me that Slovenia had a “very Habsburg vibe”. Those were her exact words and her obvious ignorance stunned me. How could she not see that our country is not just some insignificant part of a former empire lacking its…Read More
3 signs you should never go camping
Unless you’ve grown up spending your holidays camping you should approach any attempts at camping at a grown-up age with a certain degree of humour and a lot of patience. This was, to sum up, the insight of our last year’s camping weekend at Lake Bohinj. This year we (well, I, to be fair to…Read More