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Today I want to write about ruins – beautiful ruins of Pag Island. Europe is a perfect place to trace them and sense the history they carry within their (semi)preserved walls. And since this year I’ve been so far residing in Europe, it’s something I’ve been completely drawn to. Traces of history, heritage, timeless stories. I’ve been craving all of it since relocating to New Zealand a short lifetime of 13 years ago and 18000km away. Croatia’s Otok Pag (Pag Island) might not be the greenest and lushest of them all, but the landscape here sure carries deep traces of worlds gone by. Together with bura winds it knows how to shake your soul to the very core. All the ruins and heritage places I’ve come across on the island so far have made me feel curious and somewhat cozy to be around. You know, how you sometimes get that…

Piran. It seems it’s always in view, peeking through, on the edge of Madona Cape, showing off to be marveled. This charming Slovenian coastal town pulls you in from afar and gets you under its spell the very moment you step inside its limestone walls. Piran is special to me. I’ve been taken under its wings whenever I’d need a shelter, a quiet place to unwind, recharge, or get inspired. This blog post is my open invitation for you to go and explore the town. If you get to experience its pulse on an uncrowded day, consider yourself lucky. While busy summer/weekend days and nights give you a sense of being a part of something bigger, I was actually able to connect with the town on a much deeper level when I had it all to myself. Put aside (at least) one full day to explore Piran. In reality, you…

Let me start by saying that writing this post is emotional for me. You might also find it a bit all over the place and definitely biased. And I might also be a bit nervous. There are many reasons. This is my first time writing about Slovenia, my home country. Slovenija, as we call it, firmly holds my roots and memories, is full of beautiful places, experiences, and above all, my people. The ones who know me and who helped me shape into the person I am today. Whenever I’m back home, my priority is to spend as much time as possible with the loved ones, my family and friends. Those moments are most precious to me. So I hardly ever go out and explore the backyard. However, this past summer I finally made my way up to Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain, and am now absolutely captivated by the gorgeous…

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Gola di Gorropu Gorge, Sardinia, Italy TRAVEL DURATION: One day experience Exploring Gola di Gorropu, Europe’s deepest gorge, ended up to be the highlight of my road trip around Sardinia a couple of months ago. Up until then I only visited another gorge in New Zealand that has (besides the smaller proportions) a quite different feel to it. Without a doubt, there is something extraordinary about this particular one in Europe. It made me feel alive, filled me with inexplicable energy and also pushed the expectation bar quite high for the future canyons I now want to visit. The setting of Gola di Gorropu is just perfect. Like with so many precious things in life, you need to put in some effort (a.k.a. hike time) to reach the entrance of this gorge. It’s definitely not just sitting in the backyard of a fancy Sardinian beach resort. For me, that is…

HIKING DESTINATION: Torre del Poetto and Sella del Diavolo, Sardinia, Italy HIKING DURATION: 2-3 hours Did you ever get lost or couldn’t find the way to your planned destination or landmark while traveling and exploring new horizons? Did you need to turn around on a whale watching excursion the very last minute because the ocean all-of-a-sudden became too rough, and at the same time watched another boat just leaving? Yeah, that weather element. It probably ends up getting most of the blame with travelers. Does it sound familiar? The thing is, it’s happened to all of us. In one shape or another. At least, that’s what I’m saying to myself. On such occasions, we’re left with a funny aftertaste of incompleteness, and either deep desire to do it better and right again the next time, or completely shattered with no intention to ever return to try again. My first hike in Sardinia…

TRAVEL DESTINATION: East Coast of Sardinia, Italy, Europe TRAVEL DURATION: 1 Week A week in Sardinia is not enough. That’s something I realized when I started planning and pinning the map with all the places I would love to see and things I would like to do. Realistically, all those pins weren’t going to happen in the time frame I had set aside for exploring the island. Focusing on the east coast for my first trip to Sardinia seemed like an obvious choice when I took a closer look at all those dots on the map. I was for many reasons drawn to it more than other areas of the island. Eastern coastal stretch offers numerous opportunities for exploring, hiking, swimming and also getting lost in an amazing landscape. Today I’ll be sharing ideas and tips on how to spend your time on Sardinia as you travel through its versatile land and…

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Bratislava, Slovakia, Europe TRAVEL DURATION: Weekend Getaway When I moved to live in Bratislava, Slovakia, some years ago, I quickly turned from a tourist to a local. There was a certain easiness with the whole move, and the change felt the right thing to do. Living in a new city quickly became natural. I blended in pretty fast. I learned to love the city vibe and all that Bratislava offered. The first thing that now pops into my head when I think back of those couple of years I spent there, are the beautiful people. Women are exceptionally pretty and men are just so genuinely nice. At that time of my life, I didn’t have many opportunities to pursue my love for travel. Apart from the capital city I didn’t explore much of the Slovakia. Enjoying Bratislava and near places was mostly what I could squeeze in during the weekends.…