20:00 Sun.
6 Aug, 2017

Jean and Maggie visit bled

Bled , Slovenia
25 °C
Partly Cloudy
5:43 am
8:36 pm

When foreign looks up what to visit in Slovenia there is one destination everyone agrees is a must see, I’m talking about Bled. We saved a nice whole day trip for Friday, where we left Ljubljana, visit Bled, go through Karnsja Gora, over Vršič and back to Nova Gorica.

Lake Bled with an island in the middle.
Lake Bled with an island in the middle.

We rented a rowboat at Bled in order to visit the small island in the middle. Since Jean is the most experienced sailor among us it was only natural that he would be the one rowing for next two hours. 🙂

We soon reached the central island and despite being April it was crowded with tourist. To be fair it was a gorgeous day, warm and sunny, somehow I managed to get sunburned in April.

The island is small with a small church on it, not much to do really. We took some photos, fed a swan and went rowing around the lake again.

Me trying to pet a swan at lake Bled.
Me trying to pet a swan at lake Bled.

After it we climbed up to the castle above the lake to visit museum and for great vistas.

Veronika, I, Maggie and Jean at Bled castle.
Veronika, I, Maggie and Jean at Bled castle.

Before we left Bled we went for a Kremšnita, sadly everyone thought it was better than the monstrosity I made in Luleå. After Bled we went to Kranjska Gora to visit Planica. We climbed on top and wow I forgot how high it is. When you’re at the top you can barely see the cars parked at the bottom.  I think you can also do zip lining now that’s why there is a cable in the middle.

Top of a ski jump in Planica. About 250m away from the landing strip.
Top of a ski jump in Planica. About 250m away from the landing strip.

After Planica we departed toward Nova Gorica over the highest pass in Slovenia – Vršič, where there was still snow around, despite being almost 20 degrees in the valleys below.

Mounting Alpine ibex.
Mounting Alpine ibex.

When we arrived in Nova Gorica we got a chance to eat my grandma’s minestrone soup and for desert we had pancakes from Kekec. Next day (saturday) was the last day in Slovenia. We went to visit casino in Perla and go see Miramare Castle near Trieste.

We were pretty lucky with the weather in general it was much warmer that is usual for April, well until the last day that is.  On Sunday we departed early in order to visit Venice before Jean and Maggie left. The visit was not the best one, it was pouring rain as we were walking around Venice and despite bad weather there were still tons of people around. We didn’t spend a lot of time in the city but rather retired to the coffee shop near the airport where we waited for their flight.

It was very nice hosting Jean and Maggie here in Slovenia and I hope they liked it here as well. Don’t know where our next meeting will take place but by now,  it has become almost a tradition to see each other every few years. 🙂

20:00 Thu.
3 Aug, 2017

Visit Slovenia for the first time

Ljubljana , Slovenia
25 °C
Sunny
5:41 am
8:35 pm

Last year toward the end of April, Maggie and Jean finally visited Slovenia. We met with them in the evening at Venice airport and just after an hour and half we were in Slovenia. We went to one of my favourite restaurants OK Corral near Nova Gorica, and Jean and Maggie had a chance to try some Balkan food like čevapčiči and pleskavica.

Next day we went to visit one of the most well known tourist attraction  in Slovenia Postojna’s cave and Predjama castle. If I remember correctly driving in a train through a cave was a first time for them :).

Jean, Maggie and me in front of Predjama castle.
Jean, Maggie and me in front of Predjama castle.
Stalagmites in Postojna's cave
Stalagmites in Postojna’s cave

After it we took the local roads back to Ljubljana in order to see some of Slovenian landscape. Next day we had a seaside to visit. The weather wasn’t the best possible as Jean and Maggie got a chance to experience burja, despite a bit of chill Jean decided to go for a swim. Since this was April, and it was only about 15 degrees he was the only person Swimming at that time, needles to say passers-by were looking at him quite interestingly.

Slovenian seaside.
Slovenian seaside.
Jean swimming in April
Jean swimming in April

Next day Jean and Maggie had a chance to explore the Ljubljana on their-own. In the evening we went to Brazilian restaurant near our apartment. We had a chance to try around 13 courses of meat dishes, it was very good experience, despite not being Slovenian. In the evening we walked through the city center and ended up in Nebotičnik bar with a great view of Ljubljana.

On Thursday we went to Ptuj, to see kurent and to eat some gigantic donuts in Trojane.

20:00 Fri.
28 Jul, 2017

Business of ferrets

Ljubljana , Slovenia
21 °C
Cloudy
5:39 am
8:37 pm

So in order for Biba to have a friend we decided that we should get another ferret, male this time… and so it became Bibon.

Bibon
Bibon

We got him when he was 3 months old, so he is about 1 year younger than Biba. For some reason Biba was afraid of him at first, but after few days they became great friends.

When we got him he had around 400g and was half the size of Biba, but somehow he grew like a mashroom after rain. In less than a month he was already twice the size of Biba.

He is quite the opposite of Biba. He likes to cuddle, sleeps less but when he sleeps it’s impossible to wake him up, he likes to play more and there is no greater thrill than to do something that he is not allowed to.

Sleepy ferret
Sleepy ferret

 

00:13 Sun.
23 Jul, 2017

First post in new blog

Ljubljana , Slovenia
20 °C
Clear
5:34 am
8:42 pm

After thinking for a long time and about 2 months of time to implement it I have finally migrated my blog to the new format.

I have created the old blog to learn about web technologies and to be able to customise it to my liking without bounds, the weather information (that stores a lot more information that is actually visible and is automatically pulled from weather services when I submit a post) is a feature I’m most proud of. Well the other reason was that I was going to Sweden as Erasmus exchange student and wanted to save some excerpts from my life in order to read them later, if anyone else was interesting in reading it was beside the point, but as it happens few people did read it. After coming back from Sweden there were fewer moments worth writing about and I happened to have less and less time to write about and oh it was time consuming to write on the old blog. On average it took me 3-4 hours to write average sized post, because I was a bit lazy in implementing backed because no-one but me saw it.

Fast forward few years, I have even less time and somehow am lucky enough to be able to travel quite a lot with my job. I still want to write from time to time and share some photos from the trips. In order to still be able to do so I had to move to new blog which is build on wordpress framework and offers me much more support in blog management site. I still had to heavily modify some aspects of it in order to keep the old blog post format (with weather and comments) but now I’m finally done.

I have changed the look to a bit darker one which looks better for photos, I think, and transferred all the content  from the old blog to this one. I know there are some problems with styling of photos in certain posts but if you see any mistake or have an suggestion please do not hesitate to contact me via comment or e-mail.

It should also be possible to subscribe to newsletter when new post is posted, so you get notification over the email.

 

Let this be it for now and hopefully I’ll start to cover some old content from previous years that I think should be on here.

So fluffy
So fluffy
10:28 Sun.
22 Jan, 2017

A year that had it all.

Ljubljana , Slovenia
-6 °C
Sunny
7:35 am
4:45 pm

Woah I can’t believe it has been more than a year since I last wrote something up here. The 2016 was my busiest year by far, I have travelled more than any year before, even the year when I was in Luleå and most exciting, we have moved with Veronika into our first apartment, which we are renovating for the last 6 month and will continue to do so for a few more months. And lastly, most incredibly, we have started to develop our game more intensely, got it to the stage of being almost feature complete and submitted it to Bitsummit conference in Japan, where if we are accepted Sebastian and Vito will present our work to thousands of visitors.

Jean and Maggie visit Slovenia. Here we went for a boat ride in Bled.
Jean and Maggie visit Slovenia. Here we went for a boat ride in Bled.

So in short what happened last year, that I want to write about?

 

  1. Trip to Valencia
  2. Trip to Luxembourg
  3. Jean comes to Slovenia!
  4. New York, USA
  5. Appartement
  6. Trip to Greece
  7. Trip to Vienna

Hopefully in the next few months when my schedule clears I will be able to write everything I have envisioned. Even though a lot of time has passed since the events, thankfully I have tons of photos which will help me relive and remember the most fun and interesting moments of past year.

Oh yea, talking about photos, I have finally upgraded my camera, so here is a short teaser of what is to come:

My favourite photo from last year: Central Park, New York
My favourite photo from last year: Central Park, New York
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