On days like to today it’s hard to imagine that less than two months ago there was snow on the ground and going out in short sleeves could put you in serious danger of having no fun, and perhaps even no fingers by the dawn. Now it’s all exposed limbs, sunglasses, gelato and lazing by the river, with the inside tables in many cafés and bars almost deserted, left to tourists having second thoughts about not venturing further for a terrace with room to spare, and aged goths hiding from the light.
In what may the last of the recent series of posts on Slovenia in WW2, at least for a while, this week’s trip to the archives has come back with some of the more striking images of the country near the end of the war and just after. All of these were taken in 1945, sourced from Wikimedia, and are in the public domain, with the photographer named if known.
STA, 3 May 2018 - A series of events marking Ljubljana's liberation will get under way on Thursday, centred on the path that traces the barbed wire that kept the city under the lockout during the Second World War.
If you dream of writing for money but have no idea how to turn your passion into profit, and worry that living in Slovenia could stymie your career, then a good first step would be to listen to the words of a man who’s a best-selling author despite living in the publishing backwaters of Kamnik.
STA, 1 May 2018 - A survey conducted among Slovenian 18-30-year-olds has shown that three out of four would prefer to have permanent employment contracts, although most have been engaged in student work or undeclared work.
Our first interview with Dan Bendall focused more on his time as an expat in Slovenia, someone who left the UK and started a new life handling property here. The original story was too long for just one post, so here’s part two, as promised, this time focusing on the local property market.
STA, 30 April 2018 - Slovenia was hit by a migration wave two years ago, and while many refugees only passed through the country the number of those seeking asylum has increased significantly compared to the past. NGOs have helped address the situation with integration programmes, but it is clear many challenges remain.
Tuesday, May 1, is a national holiday, and thus many stores will be closed, or closing early, while state-run museums and galleries are also likely to remain locked, as they are each Monday. That said, plenty of other things will be open, and the streets themselves will remain as interesting to explore as ever.