Home is where the heart is. Right now, my heart is in Ljubljana.
If you knew me as a child, as a teen, and as a young adult, you would know that I absolutely hated moving. According to my mom, that’s the reason my dad decided to get out of the army–because moving was hard on me (I imagine it’s hard on every kid though). I vowed to never date or marry an army guy.
I used to feel like Remy when I had to move…
Then as these things happen, the love of my life came and swept me off my feet. It didn’t matter that he would be deployed for 15 months just a few months after we met. It didn’t matter that after not seeing each other for a year he’d only be in Colorado for a short few months before moving across the country and I couldn’t join him. It didn’t matter that life with him would be chaotic and a constant state of limbo between houses. I was in love.
This is what I feel like now (can you tell I miss Remy?).
Since I married the hubby 4 1/2 years ago, we’ve lived in three different places. My outlook has definitely changed. Now I consider moving to a new place an adventure, and I’ve realized you can make a home wherever you are.
Like in Ljubljana…
We found a wonderful apartment in the center of town. It’s close to everything. The daily farmers market is a short walk down the river (I go everyday). Life is really great here.
We don’t have our household goods yet. We packed up all our stuff at the end of June and they’re on a boat somewhere in the Atlantic. Hopefully we’ll get them soon. A little bird told me we might get them as soon as next week! It’s made me realize how little we really need to live on, though. Since we’ve been here, the only electronic devices I’ve used are my computer (internet is important to keep up with family), phone (we have our iPhones with a local number), gps watch (there are some really great running spots here), the stove/oven/washing machine (smaller than we’re used to in the US) and of course my camera (you know, for taking pictures and blogging). No kitchen appliances. No bathroom appliances. No TV, vacuum, dryer, radio, etc. No vitamix! And you know what, it’s really not that bad.
Come along for a tour of the apartment!
The building we’re in is over 100 years old! The owner of the apartment is an architect and he designed and renovated the place in such a way to save space. He’s also an accomplished rock climber…and a filmmaker. No joke. He made some of the official Ljubljana tourist videos. Like this one below:
He also produced a full length documentary called Sfinga. You can watch the trailer below:
Yeah, he’s a very talented guy! Now for the pictures of the apartment…
Our kitchen, dining room, and living room are all together in one room.
So check this out. Do you see that little box in the top of the fridge? That’s the freezer. It might take some getting used to, especially since I like making big batches of homemade stock and freezing it ahead of time.
Here is our bedroom. We have a waterbed! That entire wall with the flower is a wardrobe. It goes all the way up to the ceiling, and there’s a ladder to reach the top! There’s another wardrobe on the other wall too-so lots of space.
And here is the shower.The doors fold out to make space for the shower! Pretty cool.
It’s the little things that make a place feel more like home. I planted this little herb garden the other day and can’t wait to start cooking with fresh herbs again.
And the best for last…
Yep. We have a climbing gym in the attic. Like I said, the owner is a renowned rock climber. He’s written climbing guides and everything. I feel so inadequate compared to a lot of people here-they are so talented and accomplished! As much as I try to avoid generalizations, I can’t help but notice how humble many Slovenes are about their individual achievements. For example, when we first met our landlord and his wife, we mentioned that we’d been to a rock gym a couple of times. And he said “Oh, you climb? I like climbing too”. It was only a few weeks later after a google search that we found out he’s conquered some of the hardest routes in Europe-one of which hadn’t been conquered in decades! Um yeah…we’re climbers too.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to live overseas and travel for a year. Life is an adventure, and I plan on living it to its fullest.