For someone who does not believe in astrology, I must admit there is something very “pisces” about me. Besides my love for water, of course.
“Blessed with a natural-born creativity and a massive imagination, Pisceans have the ability to get lost in their own mind.”
Yup, dreaming while wide awake and trying to escape the real world is a constant in my life.
And as I am sitting in the library studying for finals, as anxiety builds up in my system in a serious adrenaline rush, I cannot help but thinking of paradise.
One could ask what specific paradise shows up in my head right now. Is it an infinite beach with white sand and turquoise blue waters? It is a green valley framed by majestic mountains?
Well… the result of traveling (maybe too) much is the inability to accurately answer those questions. But I will try my best.
In this beautiful vignette there is everything at once. It is a dynamic sequence of ever changing memories from different parts of the globe, that somehow got imprinted in my subconscious.
I can go from the desert and its 40 degrees to the freezing top of a mountain covered in snow in just a few seconds.
Many countries provided the core material for my day dreaming, so my next posts will hopefully cover most of them, and how they were perceived by my myopic eyes.
Ready? Let’s dig in.
I feel that it is important to mention Slovenia in the fist place. This is what I consider one of the most underestimated countries in Europe. Asking yourself why? Let me give you some hints.
The Republic of Slovenia is a small country in southeastern Europe, bordered by Italy, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and the Adriatic sea. It has mostly mountainous terrain, a dense river network and forest covering over half the territory.
Yes, you are reading it right, Slovenia has it all! This significant biological diversity is what makes it a hidden treasure in the Balkans. It is one of those places that will “eat up” all the memory of your camera, by forcing you to stop and pull over every five minutes for another National Geographic- kind of shot.
One of the unmissable spots is Lake Bled. With its picturesque island right in the middle, it is not only amazing for a swim but also highly instagramable.
Triglav National Park
Triglav National Park, where Mount Triglav (the highest peak of the Julian Alps), the valley of Soča River and Lake Bohinj are located, is worth your time and energy. A hike there will make your heart beat faster.
The capital city, Ljubljana, is also the largest city in Slovenia, but even so, it feels wonderfully small. Among the mix of architectural styles, it is certain to find at least a few dragons decorating buildings and bridges. The dragon is the symbol of the city, so you can find them pretty much everywhere! A panoramic view from the castle should be followed by a walk along the riverbanks of Ljubljanica River.
More to the south of the country, the Skočian Caves (UNESCO natural heritage) hide the largest known underground canyon in the world, and an extraordinary ecosystem with organisms which have fully adapted to a dark, humid and food-deprived habitat.
To every adventurer out there that might be reading this, do not miss such an underestimated and rich country as Slovenia! Go there and get your own overwhelming memories that will hunt you for a lifetime!
Wishing everyone good travels,