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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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In this episode I talk about my recent trip to Slovenia.

大家好,我是Kaycee。

我五月初的时候跟一个朋友去了斯洛文尼亚 (Slovenia)。去之前对这个小国家了解的真的不多。到那里之后,简直爱上这个国家了。并且决定,如果以后要结婚,一定在这儿结。

斯洛文尼亚到底有多好呢?我先读一下其它地方对他的评价。很多人说,这个国家是被上帝遗忘的珍宝,地小景美,拥有着多彩的地貌。2018年,他被美国《国家地理》评为“全球最浪漫的旅游目的地之一”,同时也被评为“全球最安全的十大国家之一”。他是被孤独星球盛赞的精致小国——斯洛文尼亚,是个非常适合生活的国家,环境优美,宁静安全。

斯洛文尼亚全称斯洛文尼亚共和国是一个位于中欧南部,比邻阿尔卑斯山的小国。国语是斯洛文尼亚语。飞机开始降落的时候,你会看见大片大片的森林和绵长的海岸线。9~20世纪初,斯洛文尼亚一直在神圣罗马帝国(the Holy Roman Empire)和奥匈帝国 (the Austro-Hungarian Empire) 的统治之下。1918年12月,斯洛文尼亚与其他南斯拉夫人(South Slavs)联合成立了塞尔维亚-克罗地亚-斯洛文尼亚国家(1929年改称南斯拉夫王国 Kingdom of Yugoslavia)。1945年成为南斯拉夫的一个加盟共和国。1991年6月25日宣布独立。

现在,斯洛文尼亚是一个发达的资本主义国家,2004年3月加入北约,2004年5月1日加入欧盟,2007年1月1日正式加入欧元区,2007年12月21日正式加入欧洲申根区。2019年5月3日我,Kaycee,正式踏进了这个国家。

我们第一天在首都卢布尔雅娜(Lubljana)落脚。卢布尔雅娜是斯洛文尼亚的最大城市,四面环山,经常会有雾和雨,但这也是这个城市最迷人的地方。卢布尔雅那有公元前三、四世纪的罗马古城遗址、十八世纪的圣尼古拉总教堂、1702年建的音乐馆和一些十七世纪的巴洛克式建筑等历史文化遗址。

第二天我们去了布莱德湖。布莱德湖被誉为斯洛文尼亚最美丽的湖泊,加上山顶积雪融水不断注入湖中,因此又有“冰湖”之美称。湖的水质清澈见底,景色非常美,恍如仙境。碧绿的湖面被群山和森林环绕,湖中间还有一个精致的小岛——布莱岛,它是斯洛文尼亚唯一一座天然的岛屿。布莱岛上有几座建筑,里面有最大的教堂,圣母升天教堂,有九十九级台阶和高达五十二米的塔楼,很多情侣都会在此举行婚礼,美不胜收。讲讲斯洛文尼亚语吧,挺有意思的。斯洛文尼亚语是斯拉夫语最古老的语言。讲斯洛文尼亚语的人数很少很少,斯洛文尼亚总共人口约205万人,然而斯洛文尼亚语仅仅是是大约2万人的母语。而且呢,斯洛文尼亚方言分为七个区域组。 有时方言可能彼此如此不同,斯洛文尼亚不同地区的人很难相互理解。 另外有趣的一点是斯洛文尼亚语没有任何粗俗,诅咒的话语。 通常当斯洛文尼亚人使用传统的诅咒词时,它听起来傻傻的,可爱度很高,攻击性很低。斯洛文尼亚语中比较流行的诅咒是 “Tristo kosmatih medvedov ”,它翻译成 “三百只毛茸茸的熊”,可爱吧?另外一句诅咒词是“一只母鸡应该踢你!”。 当斯洛文尼亚希望真正诅咒时,他们通常借用前南斯拉夫国家的一些诅咒词。 

游走在斯洛文尼亚的任何一个城市、小镇、都如行走在一个童话故事里一样。如果你们还没去过这个精致的小国家,你还在等什么?快去看看吧。

在那之前,我们下周见