Last weekend Laura and I had some meetings in Vrsno, Slovenia with our Central and Eastern European Colleagues (Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Bulgaria). It was a very meaningful time in terms of our connection with friends who are tackling similar issues in their work. We dug deep into our CEE related issues of Identity, Community, and Modeling. It was also a rare opportunity to bring our kids with us to such a “work-oriented” meeting. Thanks Milan, Dusan, and Stephan for making that possible!!
Now, let’s just say that Vrsno, Slovenia is not your typical meeting location. It is a 7.5 hour drive to the West from Budapest (because I’m a slow driver), and it is an hour drive into the mountains from the border intersection of Austria, Italy, and Slovenia (It is amazing how close all of these countries are in Central Europe). Vrsno is a little village at the top of a mountain (population of 60 people?, possibly 1700 meters?). We stayed in a low-key panzio which was heated by a wood burning furnace, and there was a kitchen we could use to cook meals.
We spent the mornings and evenings working, and we used the afternoons to “get out” and have some adventures. We are really looking forward to taking a group of students to Vrsno for an English Adventure Week. Attention students, go to the outdoor club website for details. And finally, I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story:
Yes, we will go swimming in this pool. No, I’m not kidding.
These are our neighbors.
Our Central European Network.
creatures on the mountain
Oh, I would love to do this.