Having lived here in Radovljica, Slovenia (this photo shows Radovljica’s old town centre), for almost six years and with a change in my personal circumstances, I decided its time to start trying to recapture the passion and feelings I felt when first here and which initially attracted me to this country. Therefore, I decided to start this blog. Call it therapy if you like, I would prefer to see it as cathartic encouragement, providing me with an incentive to ‘get out there’ and see and do more rather than moping around feeling sorry for myself. However, in doing so I hope to inspire others, potential readers, of which I hope there will be a few, to come and visit this beautiful small but perfectly formed (do I sound like an estate agent?!) country that I now call home.
For the first couple of years after moving here, despite working, almost every day felt like a holiday. Where I live in Radovljica, near Bled, there is always somewhere new to explore, something unique to discover and experiences to be had. Be it from simply finding a new path to walk, a new dish to sample, meeting someone new, learning new words – every day did, and still does, present new challenges, some positive, some less so.
I won’t pretend it’s been easy. There are some huge obstacles to be overcome but steely determination means I’m still here. Would I recommend it to others? In truth probably not unless you have won the lottery, have a hefty pension pot or have a very secure job offer. Finding work and the bureaucracy may lead to temporary insanity. However, this blog isn’t meant as a forum to air these, though I can’t promise I won’t indulge in the occasional whinge from time to time!
However, I would encourage you to come and discover Slovenia on holiday and my aim is for this blog to be part-informative and part-inspirational. Whilst researching the writing of blogs, the key message appears to be having some different and unique to offer. Well of course I’m certainly not the only Brit living abroad though there aren’t that many of us here in Slovenia. I do believe I’m one of the rare few who actually speak the lingo fairly fluently, but that aside I also suspect I ‘get about’ (in the nicest sense!) more than many others since almost every day I can be found either hiking up a mountain, riding my bike or doing other equally active pursuits. Slovenia is certainly a great place for being active and especially so in the alpine part where I live.
So if you’re interested in finding out more about Slovenia, I hope you’ll join me on my journey and hope some of my photos might whet your appetite for more!
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Beautiful pictures took me back to my visits to you beautiful country and so worth visiting your blog certainly makes it very enticing x
Great – glad you enjoyed reading the blog and looking at the pictures. Hope it might encourage you, and others, to visit too!
Hey Adele, I stumbled on to your blog today……..and, darn!, I can’t recall exactly how! Ha! But I am totally happy to have done so. Kudos for having the tenacity to keep it up over so many years. I know that to be a challenge.
Over the past year, I have developed quite a fascination with Slovenia and follow a few other ‘ex-pat in heaven’ sites to teach me about the country and culture, but none with a style that appeals as much as your own. There’s an intimacy to your writing…..intended or not!…. and my interests seem to align. I appreciate it. I am also returning to blogging myself after a hiatus of several years…..so, with your permission, I will use you for inspiration.
Well, okay…..even without your permission. 🙂
Hi Alan, nice to hear you have found my blog, intentionally or not! It’s always nice, not to mention encouraging, to get some feedback. I hope you continue to enjoy reading my posts and continue to be inspired. Regards, Adele
What lovely bit feedback to get Adele x I live reading your blogs x
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Yeah, always nice to get some feedback. Thanks Debs, hope all is well with you x