That’s what everyone asked me when I’d reveal our destination. You see, every summer I take a big trip with my father. This is a long-standing tradition of ours (the rest of the family comes if/when it can), and people who know this often ask, “Where to this year?” But I had never been asked, “Um, why there?!”, and certainly not by everyone. Nor would I have struggled to answer that question. Until Slovenia.
Technically I went there in 1999. Back then it was just a border stop to pass through on my way from Italy to Croatia, a place to buy cheap cartons of harsh cigarettes. That was the impression given by Croatian companions anyhow. In that memory it is a grungy post-communist sad face. (Shows how little I knew.)
So it’s true. I didn’t know what was leading us there. My dad just picked it. He couldn’t even remember why. He just did. And we could only say, “Why not?” But if you were to ask me now, after 2 weeks relaxing around this diverse micro-Europe, I could give you plenty of reasons Slovenia isn’t only worth it, it deserves a spot at the very top of any Europe-lover’s list. Let me count the ways: Continue Reading