When a place is considered home?
We are living in this paradise from several month, and living in the orchard made me reflect on this, so I took a pencil and let my feelings drive my hand towards what I am considering home now.
On July 16, Vicky, Grace, and I decided to go to Kranjska Gora to enjoy the lake and then go on a hike to the top of a mountain to sleep there in our hammocks. The beginning of the trip was complicated as we missed the bus in Ljubljana because the train from Maribor to Ljubljana was late. So after 6 hours, we finally made it to Kranjska Gora. I have to say we were amazed by the natural beauty of that place: blue lake, crystal clear river, all surrounded by mountains, couldn’t be any better.
After a quick bath in the river's freezing cold water, we decided to hit the trail to reach a summit close by. It was a 2 to 3-hour-long hike, mostly going uphill through the trees on a really agreeable trail where we only met a few people hiking down to the lake. It wasn’t long before we saw the first sign indicating a hut 1 hour ahead of us on one side and 1 hour and a half on the other side. It was around 5:30 pm at that time and we realized that the weather was changing pretty fast and not for the better. So after a short discussion, we agreed on keeping hiking up to the hut, which we hoped would be our refuge in case the weather turned bad.
20 minutes before succeeding to reach the hut, the rain started to fall down, not a lot though but just enough to start worrying about what was coming next as the clouds were getting darker. And 5 minutes before getting to the hut, it was pouring down rain, so much that even our tee-shirts, pants, and underwear were soaking wet.
Once we reached the hut, which was obviously closed because it was actually only a restaurant, we changed our clothes, discussed with two locals that were running up the mountain and reached the hut at the same time as we did, drank a beer, and waited for the rain to stop. After an hour or so, we understood that the rain was not going to stop for a long time so we had to figure out where we were going to spend the night because we were stuck there. It was only after dinner that we got to go around the little restaurant and discovered that we had the possibility to set up our hammocks outside an abandoned building in which we would be safe from the rain.
And that’s how our day ended, in the hammocks outside an abandoned building that smelt like sheep poo. The next morning, we had breakfast at the restaurant and hiked down the trail to go back to the lake, have a bath there, and finally come back home to the farm.
See you on our next adventure!
This month I recieved a very nice present from a friend coming from the seaside in Italy in Jarenina and Maribor to visit the farm.
On the last weekend of June, we decided together with Vicky to go to the famous lake in Bled to discover what it has to offer apart from the church in the middle of the lake.
The plan was to go there in the afternoon, have a beer, go for a swim, have dinner, and eventually find a place where we could set up the hammocks for the night.
When we first got to Bled, stepped off of the bus, and started walking along the lake, I had this genuine feeling that everything here was for tourists (especially those with money).
After having a beer almost as expansive as in Paris, we headed to the other side of the lake to have a swim and get closer to the church. We couldn’t expect the water to be any better: perfect temperature, sky-blue color water, not as crowded as we expected, everything was there for us to have a good time.
The diner was not as great as the water was but at least we had full stomachs for the night, which would help us not feel too cold in the hammocks. Once we were done eating, we decided to go for a walk around the lake so we could find the perfect spot for the night. It actually didn’t take us longer than 3 minutes before we found it. Hidden behind the trees, next to a trail where no one would come during the night, and near the lake.
The next morning, we woke up at 7:00 am after a good night of sleep and decided to go for a coffee. As the restaurant only opened at 10:00 am we decided to hit the trail. After a 30 minutes hike, we reached the view on top of the lake which was, according to the sign, the best view on the lake. And we have to say that we were not disappointed at all.