My Experience of a 10-Day Vipassana Meditation Course in Slovenia
Imagine having a very limited space for moving for 10 days. Now add several strict rules to the mix. Many believe meditation can be nothing but relaxing, but I have tested that theory recently during a 10-day meditation course in Slovenia and have to disagree. Although my meditation course was happening in a beautiful hotel, it felt nothing like joyous vacations. Instead, I returned home feeling exhausted and broken. But do I regret it? Absolutely not.
I have first heard of Vipassana three years ago. Like many others, I have always dreamed of doing a meditation retreat somewhere in Asia. Eat, Pray, Love might have something to do with that… But every time I saw one being organized, the expenses were insane. Read More
Spring Break in Slovenia: 3-Day Road Trip Itinerary
With Slovenia recently being announced as the world’s most sustainable country, I think it’s safe to say you shouldn’t need any more reasons to visit, but if you are still not convinced, keep on reading.
Because of its tiny size, Slovenia is perfect for road trips. Me and my boyfriend like to do one annually. As unbelievable as this may sound – believe me, Slovenia has A LOOOT to uncover. It’s so more than just Ljubljana and Bled!
Last year we were exploring Northwest Slovenia (Soča Valley and Triglav National Park area). The route was never boring – we were always be accompanied by the marvellous views of the emerald river, lush forests and/or snowy mountain peaks.
Day 1: Adrenaline sports and hiking
Start at Ljubljana or Ljubljana airport in the morning and drive towards Kranjska Gora. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, I suggest you try out the steepest zipline descent in the world and fly over the Planica giant hill. It’s so much fun! We both loved it. Once back on the ground, head to Lake Jasna. It’s perfect for a short morning walk.
Don’t miss a statue of a golden-horned chamois. Read More
Snowy postcards from Slovenia
It’s nearly May, but Slovenians face chilly temperatures and snow this week. A little bit crazy considering I was out in my shorts and T-shirts less than a week ago. The cold snap came after a mild winter in which just a couple of light snow showers hit the country. Unlike most of my friends, I’m delighted to see snowflakes again because I haven’t had any chance to photograph the white landscapes in 2016 (thanks, nature!). Fortunately today’s session was a success (even though I somehow managed to get lost in the woods). Bellow are some shots I’ve taken.
Local’s guide to Ljubljana
Ljubljana is getting more and more recognition each year – and for a good reason. This pretty city easily steals anyone’s heart. Before you furiously google how big the capital of Slovenia actually is (278,789 inhabitants), let me tell you that Slovenians consider a city any place with over 5,000 inhabitants. I know most of you would call that a village. It’s different here, everything is small and adorable. Talking about small – one of the main reasons this country is often completely unknown to travelers it’s because of the size. Did you know only a bit over 2,000,000 people live here? No wonder many would struggle to pinpoint the country on a map. Guide books, however, keep naming Slovenia Europe’s hidden gem, which means it isn’t going to remain hidden for too much longer, so pack your bags and visit us as soon as possible!
The best places to enjoy dessert in Ljubljana
It’s no secret I love food and I bet you won’t be surprised when I say I LOVE dessert. Don’t we all? Here’s your guide to the top places to enjoy a finger-licking dessert when you’re in Ljubljana and your sweet tooth calls for a luciously decadent treat.
Zvezda means star in Slovenian. When you enter, I suggest you to go to the glass case full of delectable cakes and desserts and choose there, rather than just look at the menu. The selection of cakes and ice creams is very wide; they offer chocolate cakes, raw, vegan and diabetic cakes, pies, studels, nut rolls, creams in a cup and more. Check out online. The quality has never been a question, anything you pick is amazing. You can also try Gibanica, a traditional Slovenian cake! But be ready to wait a little bit to be seated, the cafe is very popular with locals and tourists, and because of that almost always full.
Price range: €4 – €16
Address: Wolfova ulica 14, 1000 Ljubljana
Chocolate lover? Then Rustika’s a place for you. Exquisitely designed chocolate that melts in your mouth. You for sure won’t stop after your first bite. They also offer homemade ice cream, cookies, cakes and pretty much anything you can imagine being made out of chocolate, so if you need to buy some sweet souvenirs while in Slovenia, look no further. Everything is made from natural Slovenian ingredients.
Price range: €2-€100 examples in online store
Address: Trubarjeva 44, 1000 Ljubljana
PUFFY LIL’ PANCAKES
One of the most popular places to have a sugar fix. The pancakes are fluffy, but if you ask me the best part are various amazing toppings. No idea what I’m talking about? See their Instagram.
Price range: €3
Address: Čopova ulica 14, 1000 Ljubljana