What expects us behind the border? Who are Slovenians?
Let’s see if we can feel the country like the national tourism slogan says: I feel Slovenia.
We Felt Slovenia
Our trip in Slovenia started with a visit to the beautiful city of Maribor. We had a quick look around and did some shopping at the local market. After the food was stored, we headed to the mountains. We were looking for a camper, which has a washing machine because we still hadn’t done our laundry. Finally, we found one. The campsite was okay only a bit expensive, and yet the washing machine was a total disaster.
Sun is drying our clothes
Unfortunately, we can’t use public laundry places, which have better machines, because most of them use their own washing powder and softener which are full of chemicals and smell bad. Well, at least I didn’t pay for the washing at the campsite.
The next day we headed deeper into the mountains because we wanted to go hiking. We stayed at the International Piknik Center Pri Jurju, run by a local legend. Karl describes him as “uncle Heino”, which means that he has a very odd sense of humor. The only time he got serious was when he talked about bears because there were a lot of them in this area. So he told us a couple commands:
1. never leave any food outside
2. never let your dog off the leash.
No joking with the bears. Got it!
The hike was intense
The hike that Karl chose was not the easiest one. The trail went straight up the hill, so in some point, we even had to use our hands to go further. We were not far from the final destination when it started heavily raining, so sadly we had to turn back. It took a while to get back down, plus we were all soaked and tired. That night we only dreamt of bears and hoped that none of them were close to us.
For the next days, it continued to rain, and we couldn’t go sightseeing. The weather, regrettably, changed a lot of our plans. We wanted to stay in the mountains longer, but there was no point. Therefore we went south towards the Adriatic sea and visited some nice spots like Predjama Castle, on the way.
We were protected from the rain
Final night in Slovenia on top of a mountain next to Piran
Altogether, we spent 7 days in Slovenia. We were in nature and saw lovely coastal cities, but for some reason, we felt that this is not our most favorite country. It might be because the food was more expensive then in Austria, as well as diesel, and the highway ticket costed 15€ for 7 days, etc. However, we are still glad that we visited Slovenia and maybe come back in the future.