A trip to Sistiana bay: Portopiccolo and Duino

If you ever visit north Adriatic coast and care to spare a day for a short road trip, or if you happen to be bored in Slovenia (which I am sure is pretty impossible if you are a tourist, but happens to locals all the time), this post just might come handy. A lot has been written about Portopiccolo, considering its very short history, however not many people know that there is a very nice castle just around the corner – making a trip to Sistiana bay even more interesting. Old castle with a tragic legend Duino is a municipality in the northern Adriatic coast, just about 1 hour’s drive from Slovenian capital Ljubljana (or Venice and Klagenfurt, if you […]

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Ideja za vikend izlet: čez mejo v Portopiccolo in Devin

Grad s pogledom na kamnolom. Dolgčas, boste rekli. Kaj pa če vam povem, da gre za grad na pečini, s prečudovitim razgledom na Jadransko morje in da je kamnolom v resnici luksuzno naselje, kjer se počitniška stanovanja prodajajo po 7.000 € na kvadratni meter? In če dodam, da sta oba od Ljubljane oddaljena manj kot do Portoroža ter da vam za prečkanje meje ne bo treba stati v dolgi koloni, kot zadnje čase velja za obisk Hrvaške? Portopiccolo in Devin ležita le streljaj od slovensko-italijanske meje, ravno prav blizu za enodnevni izlet in hkrati ravno prav daleč za podaljšan vikend pri zahodnih sosedih. Vikend lahko začnete na Krasu Ideja za skok čez mejo se je porodila na Krasu. Točneje, ob […]

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HIKING ABOVE TRŽIČ: BORNOVA POT (BORN TRAIL)

In Slovenia we have a saying “Kovačeva kobila je vedno bosa” which means “The shoemaker’s children always go barefoot” (thank you Barbara for your help with translation 😉 ) I am a bit embarrassed to say I fit perfectly into this category – a global traveler and restless wanderlust who can’t see what lies in front of her eyes. And I am not only referring to Slovenia, my home country, which is in my opinion one of the most beautiful places on Earth, but literally my doorstep – the town I have been living in the past couple of years. Bornova pot (Born trail) is definitely something I should have done a long time ago! I swear this Sunday trip […]

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Slovenes abroad: Janez, Auckland (New Zealand)

Janez greets me with “Kia Ora”, which means hello in local Maori language. He is a 28 old structural engineer living in Auckland, New Zealand. He moved there back in November 2014 to broaden his horizon and get experience in earthquake engineering. At the same time he was looking for a country with a good balance of lifestyle and career opportunities. New Zealand was apparently a place to be. Kia Ora, Janez, why New Zealand? Something in the back of my mind was telling me that New Zealand would fit my character best. After living here for the past couple of years I realized that I pulled a right decision. I had some positions lined back home, however I really didn’t […]

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Antigua – dežela morja in sonca

Karibe sem prvič obiskala leta 2002. Bilo je za božič, bilo je za mojo prvo plačo (no, vsaj prvi obrok sem pokrila z njo) in bila je ljubezen na prvi pogled. Dominikanska republika. Raj za vse, ki želijo okusiti eksotiko prelepih peščenih plaž in turkiznega karibskega morja na najbolj udoben in ugoden možen način: z all inclusive aranžmaji, bogatim izborom hrane, ki je ne boste mogli pojesti, rajskimi koktejli v vseh odtenkih vašega razpoloženja, odlično animacijo in športne aktivnosti za vse generacije ter lokalnega vodiča, ki bo skozi celoten dopust skrbel za vaše udobje. Vendar pa Karibi ponujajo mnogo več kot le instant turizem. Za vse, ki ljubite rajske plaže in toplo morje skozi vse leto, a vam raziskovalna popotniška […]

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Slovenes abroad: Rajko, New York (USA)

Rajko moved to USA in September 1995, first to Upton, a small town in Massachusetts, about 30 minutes west of Boston. 6 years later he moved to Miami for a year and a half and then to New York, where he has been living since 2002. He lives on Long Island, about 100 km from New York City. Hi, Rajko. How’s my favorite city in the world doing these days? NYC is great. It truly is the best city in the world. The Manhattan vibe is always upbeat and positive, full of energy, everywhere you look. It is very private, in terms of being lost in the crowd of thousands and at the same time you are never alone, no […]

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Slovenes abroad: Sasa, Malmö (Sweden)

Curiosity, a desire for new challenges and business opportunities led Saša to the ‘’cold north’’ two years ago. She landed in Malmö, a town in the south of Sweden, but judging by her tweets, the temperature there does not fall behind the rest of the country. Honestly, since I REALLY hate cold, I have never even thought about visiting Sweden. But after this chat with Saša, there is a high chance I will drop her a visit very soon. Hi, Sasha. Why Sweden? It just happened. I was always drawn to Sweden in some way. It was in one of my school trips to Planica, when I bought a Swedish flag instead of Slovenian and shortly afterwards I started learning […]

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Slovenes abroad: Lidija, Salvador (Brazil)

Lidija has been living in Brazil since February 2005. The first 10 years she spent in Salvador, federal state of Bahia, on the Atlantic coast. The last 2 years she has been divided between Salvador and São Paulo, due to the nature of her work. Every now and then she posts a beautiful photo from the beach on Facebook, making us jealous, especially in winter time. To live in the coastal part of Brazil sounds fantastic but, on the other hand, the country is known for its very high crime rate. So let’s check Lidia’s story to see how she handles those two extremes. Hi Lidia, why Brazil? I have always dreamed of living in Lisbon or somewhere in Scotland. But […]

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Day trip to Slovene coast: Piran

If you are visiting Slovenia for only a couple of days, and want to squeeze a coast trip in your tight schedule, you are lucky. First of all, because Slovenia has just 47 km of coastline on the Adriatic Sea and only 3 “major” seaside towns: Koper, Izola, and Piran. And secondly, because the capital Ljubljana is only 100 km away from Koper, so it will take you about one hour to reach your final sea view destination. Day drip to Slovene coast is therefore totally doable, especially if you rent a car and control your own time. Tip: Try to avoid travelling on weekends in the summer season (late June – August), when the highway gets totally jammed. While Koper […]

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Slovenes abroad: Lea, San Leandro (CA, USA)

29-year old Lea has been living in San Leandro (East Bay, CA) since 2013. She loves to travel and explore the world, she likes music and reads a lot of books. She’d like to have at least 2 dogs but currently neither her time nor the house rules allow that. Obviously we have a lot in common and given the fact that I have visited California a couple of years ago, it was easy for me to blend in this conversation. Why the United States of America? Because of my husband’s work. And why San Leandro? Where the hell is that anyway? 🙂 My husband is a software developer and when he was offered a job in San Francisco, we […]

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