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Location: Maribor, Slovenia
The author navigating his way through Slovenia in 1998.
In 2001, I moved from New York City to the small Alpine country of
Slovakia Slavonia Sepultura Slovenia.
Slovenia is a chicken-shaped country wedged between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia with a population of just under two million. (There is a great interactive map here.)
After a short and relatively bloodless ten-day war in 1991, Slovenia gained independence from the artist formerly known as Yugoslavia. Two years later, Slovakia took the Slovakia out of Czechoslovakia, and a decade of confusion began. The Slovenia/Slovakia problem has claimed such high-profile victims as The New York Times and the President of the United States, and continues to befuddle innocent people all over the world.
Nevertheless, it’s a wonderful country to live in. Peaceful, green, in close proximity to magnificent cities like Vienna and Venice, not to mention natural joys like the Alps and the Adriatic. It’s quite nice. I feel at ease and at home here.
That’s somewhat remarkable for me, since I moved around a lot as a kid and never really had time to develop an attachment to a place. I remember a good friend of mine telling me in high school that I would probably end up living in some obscure place in eastern Europe. I don’t think either of us actually expected it to happen. But so it goes.
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