EN-Episode 3: Slovenia

Original audio (translated transcript below):

Hi everyone, I’m Kaycee.

I went to Slovenia with a friend at the beginning of May. I really didn’t know much about this small country before I went there. When I got there, I simply fell in love with the country. I decided that if I wanted to get married in the future, I would do it here.

How good is Slovenia? I’ll start by reading what other places have to say about it. In 2018, he was named “one of the world’s most romantic destinations” by National Geographic and “one of the top 10 safest countries in the world “. He is Slovenia, a small, exquisite country praised by Lonely Planet, a great country to live in, with beautiful surroundings, peace and security.

Slovenia is a small country located in southern Central Europe, next to the Alps. The national language is Slovenian. As the plane begins to land, you will see large expanses of forest and long stretches of coastline. from the 9th to the early 20th century, Slovenia was under the rule of the Holy Roman Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. in December 1918, Slovenia joined with other Yugoslavs to form the Serbo-Croatian-Slovenian state (renamed the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1929). It became a constituent republic of Yugoslavia in 1945 and declared independence on 25 June 1991.

Now a developed capitalist country, Slovenia joined NATO in March 2004, the European Union on 1 May 2004, officially joined the Eurozone on 1 January 2007 and the European Schengen Area on 21 December 2007.On 3 May 2019 I, Kaycee, officially stepped into the country.

We landed in the capital, Lubljana, on our first day. Lubljana is the largest city in Slovenia, surrounded by mountains and often foggy and rainy, but that’s the most fascinating thing about this city. Ljubljana has historical and cultural sites such as the ruins of a Roman city from the third and fourth centuries BC, the 18th century St Nicholas’ General Church, a music hall built in 1702 and some 17th century baroque buildings.

The next day we went to Lake Bled. Lake Bled is known as the most beautiful lake in Slovenia and is also known as the “Ice Lake” because of the snow melt that constantly pours into the lake from the mountain tops. The water is crystal clear and the views are breathtaking. The green surface of the lake is surrounded by mountains and forests, and in the middle of the lake is the exquisite island of Bry, which is the only natural island in Slovenia. There are several buildings on Bry Island, which houses the largest church, the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, with its ninety-nine steps and fifty-two metre-high tower, where many couples get married, and it is beautiful. Tell us about the Slovenian language, it’s quite interesting. Slovenian is the oldest of the Slavic languages. The number of Slovenian speakers is very small – Slovenia has a total population of around 2.05 million, but Slovenian is the mother tongue of only about 20,000 people. Moreover, Slovenian dialects are divided into seven regional groups. Sometimes the dialects can be so different from each other that it is difficult for people from different parts of Slovenia to understand each other. Another interesting point is that Slovenian does not have any vulgar, curse words. Usually when Slovenians use the traditional curse words it sounds silly, cute and less offensive. One of the more popular curses in Slovenian is “Tristo kosmatih medvedov”, which translates to “three hundred furry bears”, cute, right? Another curse word is “A hen should kick you!” . When Slovenia wants to really curse, they usually borrow some curse words from the former Yugoslav countries.

Walking around any city or town in Slovenia is like walking through a fairy tale. If you haven’t been to this exquisite little country yet, what are you waiting for? Go and see it.

Until then, we’ll see you next week

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