Duba for Nika

I don’t know if all people have a village where they did all the required growing up. My first friend and I – we do. My friend Nika called Nicky, who celebrates today, was my companion as we did our growing up every August in the tiny village Duba on the Pelješac peninsula in Croatia, the all-night…

Little terrazza

Hello, people! I’m waving from the top of the “Skyscraper” building. Here are some dear views of Ljubljana. The terrazza, from where I took these photos in early January, has its own evergreen song: “Little terrazza, underneath Ljubljana. We went to the top of the Nebotičnik (=Skyscraper) to forget the sad room we live in, too small…

Stop that train

These photos were taken right next to the train station so the title is more than apt. First, that moment when you realise that the tree under which you pass daily is one giant mimosa. And then comes the playground. It’s the site of “Chi entra muore” and “It’s a traaap” graffiti which I’ve posted…

You kiss me into life

I don’t celebrate today in any special way like most of you: instead I just love all the people all the time. And yet the heart symbol will never grow old. And nobody does hearts quite like Niki de Saint Phalle. Her Tarot Garden, Il giardino dei tarocchi, in immediate vicinity tends to see much…

PJ in Ljubljana by night

Yesterday’s concert of Perpetuum Jazzile in the centre of Ljubljana was a real treat. We all know by now that Pearl Jam is my favourite band, and it’s only logical that I’ll love every next PJ that comes around, such as PJ Harvey. Or Perpetuum Jazzile, Slovenian vocal orchestra, which has evolved to great heights…

Monday Piran Windows

Have a bunch of Piran windows from the last few days for the first Monday of this year. And a song. I managed to gather a few of my favourite window photos for today’s challenge, no matter how I don’t even have time to go through this week’s Thursday Doors. Just too busy. Tonight Perpetuum Jazzile concert…

Bakalina

Here you have it, “Bakalina”. Slovenian power-duo to see us into the new year. Some common sense at last. He is an eco-farmer who normally makes cheese and only appears elsewhere briefly to do concerts and make records, she is an accountant. They come from the part of Slovenia closest to Italy, and he sings…

Waiting room

“Take Your Time”, sing Slovenian band Elvis Jackson, but this post is about the times I was waiting for the time to begin, as inspired by this post from A Faraway Home. First the song. The drummer is a bit removed but still cousin, which makes me very proud. In Slovenia, with its zero degrees of…

Ten easy pieces from here

Finally it’s raining and I can put up some photos as an illustration of my stay in the country of origin. Petra, don’t stop reading! The cake is coming up! I’ve been all over the place and it’s hard to organise thoughts and images. We have been treated so well by my family and friends…

Enter title here, please, I can’t

I’m all over the place right now, mentally and emotionally, whereas physically it’s too hot to move. Also, have some horsies. And yet amore and his father are working outside on the façade. When I tell them: at least you’re in the shade, they snicker in unison. I’m not comfortable blogging while they are working…

Safari safari

What do you think of this? There is a person who still enters my first blog through the post in which I compared Matter to the greatest Slovenian poet. It has five likes. I’ve read an article since in which another Slovenian poet is chosen as a comparison. We need to have this straight, who said…

Happy new year, Svemir Zeko

He wrote this to me on my birthday: “Happy New Year.” Same to you, Svemir Zeko, and don’t throw yourself away. Today celebrates my old friend whose name means “Master of the World.” And his surname translates as “Bunny rabbit”. The image above (taken off the line) needs an explanation. There is an old Sarajevo…