ponedeljek, 09. junij 2014

Barva 147. dne. The colour of day 147.

Ena boljših stvari med obiskom Bruslja so vsa ta različna piva! Tole je eno najnovejših. Njegova zgodba je prav zanimiva: Nova pivovarna je naredila več prototipov nato pa organizirala zabavo, na kateri so obiskovalci te prototipe ocenjevali. Zmagal je tale, ki se ga zdaj že dobi v nekaterih lokalih. Njami. #oranžna

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One of the best things about visiting Brussels is all that beer! This one is one of the most recent ones. Its story is pretty interesting: A new brewery produced several prototypes and then organised a party where people got the chance to taste and vote for their favourite prototype. This one won and you can now get it in some of the bars. Yum. #orange


Toplota 128. dne. Warmth of the 128th day.

Poleti sonce, pozimi nas pa ob mrzlih večerih v kaminu grejejo tale drva. #toplota

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In summer, it is the sun but in winter, it's the firewood that keeps us warm on cold evenings. #warmth



Velikost 148. dne. Size of the 148th day.

#različno_velik

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#of_different_sizes


143. dan je dan za pranje. Laundry day on day 143.

#čist

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#clean


Izoliran v 141. dnevu. Isolated on the 141st day.

#izoliran
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#isolated


Tak je dan 137. dne. That's the day on the 137th day.

Dnevi so v tem času prav zares čudoviti. #dan
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The days are wonderful this time of year. #day


Kako pikast je 131. dan? How dotty is the 131st day?

Odkar pomnim vse, kar je pikasto, pritegne moj pogled. Pa naj bo to kos oblačila, zvezek, svinčnik, lonec, karkoli. Tale majica je bila eden mojih najbolj nedavnih pikastih nakupov. #pika

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Since I can remember, anything with dots catches my attention. No matter if it is a piece of clothing, a notebook, a pen, a pot, anything. This t-shirt was one of my most recent dotty purchases. #dot



Smeh 130. dne. Laughter of the 130th day.

Poglej pobliže. Med spanjem ima usta tako privihana - videti je, kakor da se smeji. #smeh

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Look closer. She's sleeping but her mouth makes such a curve - you'd think she's laughing. #laughter


Kaj je v loncu 129. dne? What's in the pot on the 129th day?

#lonec
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#pot


četrtek, 05. junij 2014

Memorie a Ravenna

(English below)

Zdaj je končno prišel čas, da na tem blogu zapišem še kaj o tem, čemur je bil prvotno namenjen - mojim potepanjem po svetu. Odkar sem se vrnila iz Vietnama in tukaj začela delati, še nisem imela priložnosti odleteti kam dlje od doma. Prvomajski prazniki so bili kot nalašč za to. Štirje dnevi so dovolj za kratek skok v Italijo. In kot nalašč za urjenje moje že zakrnele italijanščine. In še bolj nalašč za prvo pravo preizkušnjo moje nove najljubše igrače, Nikona D5100!

Prvi postanek je bila Ravenna, priložnost za obujanje spominov z začetka srednješolskih let. Ravenna je odlično mesto za krajši postanek, narejeno po meri pešca in/ali kolesarja, ki za čisto navadnimi opečnatimi zidovi cerkva in mavzolejev skriva neprecenljive dragocenosti iz bizantinskih časov. Kogar umetnost in zgodovina zanimata, si mora brez dvoma omisliti skupno vstopnico v sedem ravenskih znamenitosti, za katero je treba odšteti nekaj manj kot 10 evrov. Vključuje pa: baziliko San Vitale, mavzolej Gale Placidije, Neonov baptisterij, baziliko S. Apollinare Nuovo ter nadškofijski muzej in kapelo (Cappella e Museo Arcivescovile).

Seveda se tudi tu ni moč izogniti številnim turistom, sploh v času prvomajskih praznikov. Najbolj vas zna znervirati čakanje na vstop v mavzolej Gale Placidije, ki je po mojem okusu najlepša ravenska znamenitost. Njegova slabost pa je v tem, da je tudi najmanjša ravenska znamenitost in si ga očitno prav vsi želijo ogledati. Obiskovalce zato v notranjost spuščajo po 5-minutnih intervalih. To pomeni, da skupaj z ostalimi 50 turisti (število je ocena) vstopiš, se razgledaš na vse štiri strani in že moraš ven. Škoda.

Literarni navdušenci v Ravenni ne bi smeli zamuditi obiska groba Danteja Alighierija, vendar pozor! Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'intrate...

Ravenna pa niso samo zgodovinske in umetniške znamenitosti. So tudi prijetni sprehodi po pisanih ulicah, majhni butiki in druge trgovine (opomba: ne pozabite na italijansko siesto, med 12. in 16. uro skorajda nobena trgovina ni odprta), dišeč caffelatte (ali espresso, cappuccino ... karkoli že pijete) in okusen gelato. In seveda vino. Giulia in Riccardo, gostitelja, ki smo jih našle preko portala Airbnb, sta nam priporočala obisk restavracije oz. vinske kleti Ca' de Ven in pokušino lokalnega vina sangiovese. Odločile smo se, da si najprej ogledamo znamenitosti, okoli treh popoldne pa smo se, lačne kot volkovi, odpravile tja. In seveda, tudi tam se niso izneverili popoldanski siesti. Lokal okoli enih popoldne zaprejo in ga spet odprejo šele ob šestih. Prevelika lahkota je zmagala in žal nismo uspele okusiti lokalnih znamenitosti, čeprav je bila restavracija videti več kot odlično. Tudi ljudje so iz nje odhajali široko nasmejani in zadovoljnih obrazov.

Nekje drugje smo pojedle kosilo in se potem, ker je tako ali tako deževalo, odpravile še v nek drug lokal, ki sta ga priporočila G & R, Fargo. Tam nam je tudi uspelo degustirati sangiovese. Sama sem že sploh ljubiteljica rdečega vina in to resnično ni bilo slabo!






It's finally time to dedicate some writing to the topic this blog was initially intended for - my wanderings around the world. Since I came from Vietnam and started working here in Slovenia, I haven't had the chance to fly somewhere far from home. The holidays around the 1st May were perfect for this. Four days are enough for a short escapade to our neighbour country Italy. And perfect for improving my almost forgotten knowledge of Italian. And even more perfect for the first real test of my new favourite toy, Nikon D5100!

We first stopped in Ravenna, the opportunity to reminiscence about my high school years. Ravenna is small enough for a short stop, yet it hides unbelievable treasures from the Byzantine times behind very simple brick walls of churches and mausoleums. It's also perfect for pedestrians and/or cyclists. Whoever is interested in history and art must absolutely buy the joint ticket for seven attractions in Ravenna which costs a bit less than €10. It includes: basilica San Vitale, Galla Placidia mausoleum, battisterio neoniano, basilica San Apollinare Nuovo and Capella & Museo Arcivescovile.

Of course it's quite impossible to avoid tourist crowds, especially around 1st May. You will probably be most stressed while waiting to enter the Galla Placidia mausoleum which is my favourite attraction in Ravenna. But it is also the smallest and apparently everyone wants to see it. The staff let the visitors inside for 5 minutes – this means that when you get to enter (after waiting for who-knows-how-much-time outside), you are squeezed among 50 or so other tourists, you look left and right and you have to go out.

If you like literature you won’t want to miss Dante Alighieri’s tomb in the centre of Ravenna (Dante Alighieri Street of course). But beware! Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'intrate…

But Ravenna does not only offer historical and cultural attractions. It also offers lovely walks through the streets, little boutiques (beware: do not forget the Italian “siesta”, almost all the shops and even some restaurants are closed between 12 and approx. 4 pm), nice-smelling caffelatte (or espresso or cappuccino, whatever you may be drinking) and tasty gelato. And wine of course! Giulia and Riccardo, our two lovely hosts found through Airbnb, suggested us to visit Ca’ de Ven restaurant & wine cellar and taste the Sangiovese wine and some local specialities. We decided to visit the attractions first and then around 3 pm, hungry as ever, headed there. And yeah, they too had a siesta. Until 6 pm!! We were to hungry to wait so we had to find another place to eat. A real pity because the restaurant seemed really great and people who were leaving it had big smiles on their faces.

Since it was raining we took another advice by G & R and headed to Fargo, a really lovely place to go for a drink and/or a snack. And it was there that we finally tasted Sangiovese. I am a red wine lover and this one was pretty good, I must say!