German Words We Need in English

Phil and I had always wanted to collect German phrases, quotes, and words etc. in order to translate them to english for our wedding website. Time was flying and we just didn’t have enough time, so I just printed a lot of weird German / USA sterotypes on small papers and put them in a box for everyone to read. Some people really found that box amusing. 🙂

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Test the Van-Life

Vorfreude (n) – the joyful, intense anticipation that comes from imagining future pleasures!

We have another year to go until we put our plan into action! Since I am a rather impatient person, it was clear that I would soon want to try a small test tour. Read More

‘Not Quite Tiny’ Cabin Living

One of the projects that we’ve been working on is a cabin that I have wanted to build for quite some time.  My parents bought a piece of property in Massachusetts a decade ago and because of the financial crash they weren’t able to do anything with it.  After being inspired by the tiny house movement, a few books and websites about cabins, and an artist couple’s own cabin project, I began to design my own cabin in the woods to build on the property. Read More

Hiking in Triglav National Park

“You`re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way!”

                  – Dr. Seuss

A 12k hike was waiting for us, starting at Stara Fužina, a small town near Lake Bohinj. If you want to get there, pay a lot attention to the signs that will direct you through the town and to the left (Vogar) where you’ll find a large gravel parking lot. In high season you have to pay parking (and entrance to the park). Read More

Ljubljana

Ljubljana! Slovenia’s capital city! And what a city it is! After spending a lot of time in small towns throughout southwestern Slovenia, we decided to head to Ljubljana to see some of the architecture, and get a sense for what city-life is Slovenia.  To our surprise, we both immediately fell in love with this charming little city.

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Bouldering in Osp

Osp is one of the three best climbing areas in Slovenia! Before we left Hamburg for our trip, Phil bought boulder shoes and we wanted to go boulder outside, so when we read that Osp is a great climbing area we thought we might have some luck.  Sadly, in Osp there are only three small designated bouldering areas (in comparison to three massive climbing areas with a combined 600 routes!).  We found the “A” area and did some climbing and traverses, then had the PB+J lunch we packed for ourselves.  We didn’t stay all that long, however, because the landing was full of spiky plants that made it a bit unpleasant to sit on. Read More

Salt & Sinking Ships 


We started our day with bacon, eggs, and hiking. From our campsite a small trail led us to the salt pans of Sečovlje. We hiked through the hills of the peninsula and passed by a few local olive farmers who happily gave us directions when we lost the path. Surprisingly, compared to Germany all of the Slovenians we’ve met have been very outgoing, and spoken a lot of English.  All the olive farmers were burning their branches, something we’ve actually heard about from our first day here, but we still can’t figure out why they do it.  Read More

Izola, Pirán & Portorož

So after the mixup with Phil’s passport, we decided to make the most out of our trip and stay in Slovenia which is definitely not a place either of us had ever thought to take a vacation.  But! It turns out Slovenia is a fantastic country in which to travel and try out our van life idea. Read More

What do we, Croatia & Phil’s passport all have in common?

Here we are! Sitting in a small cafe in Izola. For all of you, who don’t know where Izola is – it’s in Slovenia. What do we, Croatia and Phil’s passport all have in common? We’re all not in the same place! Yes we are not in Croatia where we wanted to be because Phil, in switching his bags, forgot his passport. Luckily we can still travel in the EU without it.

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