a month ago, we were walking the snow-covered mountains around bolzano, digging our borrowed boots in the freshest snow i’ve ever seen. the trip was an impromptu decision – but one that turned out perfect. breathing the cold air, catching the sun in our cheeks and laughing along with friends… we couldn’t have wished for a more perfect start for the year.
a few days ago we celebrated another year of this cultural immersion adventure, the fourth so far (1 in netherlands, 2 in china and now 1 in slovenia) and i don’t think we’ll stop our mission around the world any time soon… although slovenia has managed to charm us thoroughly! in fact, i can picture us settling down here, on a big house (all houses are gigantic around here) by the mountains, spending our days hiking, eating sausages and mushrooms and breathing in the fresh air with a mug of planinski tea or bela kava on our hands.
i’m almost wary of singing slovenia’s praises for fear that the country will be invaded by tourists, spoiling its magic. i’m not the only one thinking so – we’re like a league of secret slovenian admirers, speaking of the country as if it’s mythical (a bit like bielefeld conspiracy, I’ve heard…). seriously, when was the last time you heard of slovenia in the news? never? i rest my case. :P
right now, the first snows have fallen, and we’re eager to start enjoying the winter before packing the tent again and moving somewhere… north. after shanghai we craved quietness, pure air, nature. after slovenia, we’re craving a bustling city, events, cafés with internet. we’ll see. :)
…yeah, not much to say. these are from what i thought was the last snow of the season, but hey… it’s snowing again!
i suppose i should look at it from the bright side – more time for winter sports, right? except… i gave snowboarding a try some weeks ago, and was beaten bad, with bruises to prove it. plus, i’ve developed a mild fear of button lifts…
i’ve been gathering up courage to go back. i mean, i doubt i’ll ever live 30 min from the slopes again, so i should enjoy it, right? right. ok, let’s do this.