Think about the town where you currently live: its local customs, traditions, and hangouts, its slang. What would be the strangest thing about this place for a first-time visitor?
– Daily Prompt
In the lovely country of Slovenia, I currently live in a small and quiet village of about 80-ish people near the Austrian border – Čadovlje Pri Tržiču.
The closest town – Tržič, is about 30 mins walk downhills.
A lot of my new neighbors own a family farm – I currently also live in a nearly 150 years old family farmhouse.
On the farm, they cut woods from the forest, have livestock such as cows for milk, bulls and pigs for meat, chickens for eggs and harvest from their lands as well. Almost everyone has a personal garden with flowers, herbs and vegetables. They also pick fruits and nuts from the trees on the land.
From the forest uphills, behind the house, there’s a hiking path – wild mushrooms are often collected by hikers. The view up the hills is very impressive. There’s also a discreet path to a small waterfalls near the house. For minerals lovers, there’s also a special hiking path nearby. It is also not that unusual to see deer or hear fox around.
The strangest thing for a first-time visitor?
“What? You own these fields, hills and forest?!”
The red arrows shows an example of the lands one family can own.
The fields are also divided in a very awkward way, as you can see, the hill in the middle of the pictures is our neighbor’s.
The whole land owned by a family is part of their family’s heritage, passed from generations to generations.
It takes a lot of time and devotion to maintain all these lands, especially the hills and forest. I want to help my boyfriend keep his Slovenian heritage.
So, here I am ,
Anna in Slovenia.