grease. cheese. meat. layers of phyllo dough. hot. but so good.
you eat this for breakfast. your tummy doesn’t really regret it because it’s used to being fed all sorts of bad stuff… you’ve done a good job at building up it’s immunity!
and after you buy your bus ticket, you go to bled. which is a beautiful lake and alpine resort. with mountains. castles. islands. water.
buuuuuuuuuuuut. as you will see later, weather makes a huge difference…
you’re absolutely cold. today was not a good day to move. so you warm up with some tea. and a few bites of blejska grmada, another specialty from bled. you don’t finish it because it’s extremely rich with cake, custard, raisins, rum, whipped cream, chocolate… you nibble. it might be wasteful, but so is not tasting it for a person so obsessed with pastries.
up, up, up… a hike while it’s sprinkling. while it may be tough to see, all that white space in the above photos are actually mountains obscured by fog. yes. fog has turned this mountain resort into a giant plain. oh well.
negative: it’s raining. positive: it’s raining lightly. but it still means this place is deserted. but for someone who likes it when it isn’t crowded, it’s perfect. and look, there’s a lone swan on the lake just like you.
but because you are so cold, and there isn’t much to do here except outdoor activities, you head back to ljubljana.
dinner is štrukli. a dish with many regional variations. here, it’s buckwheat strukli. boiled and filled with cheese (plus other things you’ve forgotten) you happily cross off another thing on your “to eat” list.
yes. you do travel with “to eat” lists.
and surprise! the sister of your host has made you potica, because you wanted to try some, but didn’t know of any places that sold them because they are only something grandmothers/mothers/sisters/etc. bake. lucky you. real potica made by a real slovenian! potica is basically a traditional holiday cake roll, with lots of walnuts and poppy seeds. you think. a detailed recipe to come later once you attempt it!