During my senior year of undergrad, I spent a semester in New Zealand, which was amazing and you'll read more about that here later, but the experience kicked off a string of fantastic travel adventures and I hope to have many more to come!
This one I wrote as I was prepping to jet off to Slovenia in 2009. It was originally posted on my old travel blog on April 15, 2009.
Q: Where are you going in May?
I probably have answered just like that before, but the real thought process went more like this: I was in Peru having dinner with a British friend I had met in Huaraz. I was telling him about my plan to visit at least one country a year and I needed to pick the next one. He recommended Eastern Europe and Slovenia in particular.
At the time I had ruled out Europe for cost, but he pointed out that many of the former Soviet or Yugoslavian countries were cheaper and just as great. And he was right.
I Googled Slovenia (anyone who knows me knows I Google everything -- seriously, everything) and flipped through a Lonely Planet book and I was hooked.
New conversations go like this:
Q: What's in Slovenia?
Me: Castles, architecture, mountains, culture, history.
Q: Where is it?
Me: Borders Croatia, Hungary, Austria and Italy.
So I don't really know what I'll find and it will certainly be a shift after the two-weeks I spent winging it through Peru last summer. But, I know that 'dober' means good in Slovene and that the weather should be great in May, and I'll go from there!