Yellow bellies

We left our campsite this morning at around 10, and drove off from Podbela to Breginj. In Breginj there were several marked parking lots, from where you could hike up the summit of Mt. Stol. We didn’t need to summit. My only goal today was to reach the treeline. Above the treeline is where myContinue reading “Yellow bellies”

Getting above the trees…

We’re currently in the town of Podbela, Slovenia in the Nadiza river valley. I have to say it’s extremely pretty and all, but of course that’s not the only reason we’re here. (It may be the only reason for the rest of the family though.) You don’t even have to guess. Of course the otherContinue reading “Getting above the trees…”

We made it!

This morning we conquered our first peak in a long time. We really love hiking in the mountains and via ferratas, but especially the latter has become impossible since the birth of our son Rafa. We have always taken Rafa out on mountain hikes, and on his first 2000m hike, he was probably two monthsContinue reading “We made it!”

Not my kind of present…

I don’t usually feel bad about aging. It’s a normal part of life, and I think you can age gracefully if you embrace the process. Heck, why am I even talking about this… I turned 36 today. I’m not that old. I don’t need to think about being old. Or worry about it. Or shouldContinue reading “Not my kind of present…”

The Reunion

We met my brother and his family at lake Garda today. I was a bit worried that it would be impossibly crowded at this hotspot for Dutch and German tourism, but I have to admit, it was pretty good. We spent a lazy day at a small and partly shaded beach. The crowds were manageableContinue reading “The Reunion”

As long as there’s ice cream

We had a bit of a change of plans for the coming two days. We never planned to go to the Northern Italian lakes on this trip. First, we went to several already in the past few years, and we also just wanted to explore other areas. Our plan for the coming week was toContinue reading “As long as there’s ice cream”

Chasing Sun and Spritz

For me, few things give me more of a holiday feeling than an Aperol Spritz on an Italian beach at sunset. I remember the first one I had, about five years ago in La Spezia. We were there in October, so the beach was empty, the bar quiet, the temperatures very comfortable, and the sunsetContinue reading “Chasing Sun and Spritz”

Fifteen degrees better

After packing up the van this morning, and telling our friends goodbye, it was time for us to continue our journey. Where we would go didn’t even matter much, as long as it was less warm, and we would be less sweaty. It was great spending time with our friends, but this weather was exhausting!Continue reading “Fifteen degrees better”

Wasps and sweaty (and warm too)

Last night was the warmest night of our holiday thus far. Our dark blue campervan reached temperatures over 40 degrees, and I am pretty sure that it never gets below 30 in the roof – ever. The first below 35 time point is probably around 2-3am. It’s bloody hard to get to sleep, and toContinue reading “Wasps and sweaty (and warm too)”

Warm, sweaty, and pretty nasty (but with a happy ending)

Warm and sweaty days are the worst when combined with diarrhea. I was lucky and didn’t get any of that. My son on the other hand, scored an ‘entirely liquid’ on the Bristol stool chart. That’s a pretty nasty level of diarrhea. My son, of course, is three. Guess who wiped butt juice from aContinue reading “Warm, sweaty, and pretty nasty (but with a happy ending)”