Here’s a demonstration of the Slovene healt system for you: my sister’s fiance is British and he currently isn’t insured in Slovenia, he just has the minimal European insurance card. This weekend they were on holiday at a camp and his back started playing up. They went to the emergency room in the night and then spent most of the next day at hospital where he got an x-ray done, talked to a specialist, and spent an hour and a half on a painkiller drip. Since the European insurance card doesn’t cover all of that, he had to pay extra. Anyone want to guess how much a visit to the emergency room, an x-ray, a consultation with a specialist and an infusion cost if you don’t have full insurance? Nope, you’re quite wrong - it’s 14 €.

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The Enchanting Sunrise of Slovenia’s Lake Bled

Ojstrica is a mountain in the eastern part of Kamnik Alps in Slovenia, which is recognized as on the most popular locations to take photographs. Often a muse and sight found on many postcards, photographer Aleš Krivec decided to use its unyielding beauty to capture the sunrise from that exact spot daily.

Krivec  takes advantage of the earth’s natural light to capture the effortless movement of shade and early fog, which reflect the castle and church. He confesses: “When I arrived to the vicinity of the town, the fog was so thick I could barely see anything. I was disappointed at first, but soon realized that if Ojstrica was above the fog I could get some spectacular shots. Especially if the fog would slowly lift at the sunrise (which fortunately did). I made it to the top just before the magic started to happen.”

Iceland is officially the #1 most peaceful country on Earth. According to the Global Peace Index’s 2016 report of 163 surveyed countries, Denmark, Austria, New Zealand, Portugal, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Canada, Japan, and Slovenia also land in the top 10, while the United States ranks 103rd. Source Source 2

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I recently started following the zventenze blog because they’ve been posting a lot of Eastern European winter festivals and costumes, which introduced me to some of the stylin’est, greatest imagery I never knew about. SO GOOD. 

These remind me of my grandmother’s sets of unedited folklore from around the world, which captured my imagination as a child. The stories were always scarier, more surreal, and more beautiful than their post-Victorian retellings. My favorites – regardless of origin – gave me this same cozy-creepy feeling.

  • First three are Bulgarian kukeri, or mummers.
  • Next two are New Year’s bear dancers in eastern Romania, (which I’ve seen posted everywhere but only just learned the context.)
  • Last two are Kurants from the Kurentovanje Festival in Slovenia.