The melancholic nostalgia of a book worm

Or 24 books that shaped me before the age of 24

I turned 24 today, despite my objections (it should be known that I’m bothered by the even number, not the age), and I think I have to commemorate this somehow. The original plan of writing down 24 things I learned until now didn’t work out – not because I haven’t learned anything, but because I found out that I just don’t have the desire to deal with introspection on my birthday. Meanwhile, I always feel like thinking about books, especially now in the summer, when I can finally dedicate a lot of my time to two of my favorite activities: reading and writing. Continue reading…

Stress management 101

Sometimes you just get buried under your to-do list. Under every single thing. Sometimes it’s your fault, sometimes it’s due to a strange set of circumstances, yet other times it’s just for the hell of it, because of Fate, sitting somewhere high up on Triglav with a desire to laugh at you. And then you feel guilty about it and do more harm than good, because if you aren’t working, you’re worrying. And even when you’re working, you’re worrying, because you think that suddenly you should miraculously be able to stretch yourself beyond human limits.

By nature, I am not a procrastinator, I do things on time and I’m rather good at planning my schedule so that I would never run out of time. But still … Continue reading…

Koningsdag and Slovenian national pride

*Za slovensko verzijo tega teksta kliknite tukaj*

Slovenians don’t have it. National pride, that is. Before anyone attacks me, let me make it clear that I don’t mean it personally: there are individuals, many of us in fact, who are proud of where we come from. But there are also many people who would prefer to hide when someone asks them about their country; who turn their noses up at Slovenian and worship English as their God; who complain about the country – the bureaucracy, mistakes – and don’t see a single good thing.  Continue reading…

On my love for musicals

First of all, I have to admit that I don’t watch a lot of movies or TV shows. I do like going to the cinema, I watch the most popular movies at home, and I open Netflix at dinnertime and watch an episode of Mythbusters or something similar.* But words are the ones that hold my love, because they encourage my imagination a lot more. Words are everything: they can weave new worlds, create characters who are more alive than some people, and form sentences that make your hairs stand on end and give you an incredible amount of motivation. Continue reading…

The Jordan Travelogue

*Za slovensko verzijo prosim klikni TUKAJ*

Jordan is wonderful and I thought it would be nice to dedicate more than just one post to it. So I wrote a travelogue in twelve parts, talking about my experiences, the journey, and other travel remarks. You can read the travelogue in order, by clicking the link “Start here”, or you can look at the table of contents below and see what catches your attention. Continue reading…

How to accept real life

A short epilogue

When you come back from vacation, you are on shaky ground for a while. First literally, because your floor is full of things that are strewn about in a half-unpacked suitcase. And then more metaphorically, when you suddenly have to jump into action and start working, even though your head is still full of impressions and adventures. Continue reading…

Nice people and you are what you eat

Travel remarks

I will tell you in advance that my food pictures won’t get any awards. A big reason for this is that I oftentimes barely remembered to grab my phone and take a quick picture before I attacked my food like a starved wolf. Generally, I can say this about the food: it was excellent. Maybe because their cuisine just suits me. They always have at least some vegetables, chicken, hummus, rice … The food is deliciously simple and I hadn’t eaten badly once. Even the meal that gave me food poisoning was good. Continue reading…

Floating on the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea

My journey was nearly over but I still had the best part ahead of me: the Dead Sea. That day, we took advantage of a hotel’s private beach, also offering lunch. Of course there are also free (or cheaper) options, but I couldn’t be in a swimsuit there because it’s inappropriate. Hotel beaches are full of other tourists who also wish to swim in peace and the biggest possible comfort. We tourists are spoiled, what can I say … Continue reading…

Driving on Jordanian roads

Travel remarks

Driving in Jordan, especially close to Amman and busy villages, is organized chaos. A lot of roads don’t have lines that would determine where exactly you should drive, and many drivers don’t care about the concept of a full line. There are few traffic lights and roundabouts are created in a way that you don’t notice their existence until it’s too late, U-turns are actually marked (even in the middle of a highway …). I mostly left the car in my brother’s hands, only taking over the wheel on the last day on the peaceful road to the Dead Sea. Continue reading…