SLOVENIJA – SLOVENIA

Celjski dom u centru grada-Celje City Hall in the town centre

Celjski dom u centru grada-Celje City Hall in the town centre

Crkva Svetog Urha u Bovcu-St. Ulrich's Church in Bovec

Crkva Svetog Urha u Bovcu-St. Ulrich’s Church in Bovec

Franjevacka crkva i spmenik pesniku Francu Presernu u Ljubljani-The Franciscan Church and the monument of the poet Franc Presern, Ljubljana

Franjevacka crkva i spmenik pesniku Francu Presernu u Ljubljani-The Franciscan Church and the monument of the poet Franc Presern, Ljubljana

Krizanke, Ljubljana

Krizanke, Ljubljana

Kuzno znamenje na Glavnom trgu u Mariboru-The Plague Memorial in the Main Square, Maribor

Kuzno znamenje na Glavnom trgu u Mariboru-The Plague Memorial in the Main Square, Maribor

Most na Soci

Most na Soci

Ostrvce na Bledskom jezeru sa crkvom Presvete Bogorodice-Bled Lake islet with the Church of the Assumption of Mary (3)

Ostrvce na Bledskom jezeru sa crkvom Presvete Bogorodice-Bled Lake islet with the Church of the Assumption of Mary (3)

Pogled na Franjevacku crkvu i Tromostovje-A view of the Franciscan Church and the Triple Bridge in Ljubljana

Pogled na Franjevacku crkvu i Tromostovje-A view of the Franciscan Church and the Triple Bridge in Ljubljana

Reka Soca kraj Bovca-The Soca near Bovec

Reka Soca kraj Bovca-The Soca near Bovec

Reka Soca-prirodni dragulj-The Soca River-natural jewel

Reka Soca-prirodni dragulj-The Soca River-natural jewel

Ruska kapelica-The Russian Chapel

Ruska kapelica-The Russian Chapel

Stari deo Maribora na reci Dravi-Maribor's Old Town on the Drava river

Stari deo Maribora na reci Dravi-Maribor’s Old Town on the Drava river

Stari zamak u Celju-Celje Old Castle

Stari zamak u Celju-Celje Old Castle

Tromostovje u Ljubljani-The Triple Bridge in Ljubljana

Tromostovje u Ljubljani-The Triple Bridge in Ljubljana

Univerzitet u Ljubljani-University of Ljubljana

Univerzitet u Ljubljani-University of Ljubljana

Zamak na Bledu-Bled Castle

Zamak na Bledu-Bled Castle

Ambasador je zamisljen-The Ambssador is thoughtful

Ambasador je zamisljen-The Ambssador is thoughtful

Bledski zamak, pogled sa jezera - Bled Castle, a view from the lake

Bledski zamak, pogled sa jezera – Bled Castle, a view from the lake

Bledski zamak, pogled sa jezera- Bled Castle, a view from the lake

Bledski zamak, pogled sa jezera- Bled Castle, a view from the lake

Bledski zamak, pogled sa jezera-Bled Castle, a view from the lake

Bledski zamak, pogled sa jezera-Bled Castle, a view from the lake

Bovec-centar-The centre of Bovec

Bovec-centar-The centre of Bovec

Crkva Presvete Bogorodice na ostrvcu na Bledskom jezeru-Church of the Assumption of Mary on the Bled Lake islet

Crkva Presvete Bogorodice na ostrvcu na Bledskom jezeru-Church of the Assumption of Mary on the Bled Lake islet

Mala država na obroncima Alpa prva se miroljubivo odvojila od Jugoslavije,
što je oduvek želela, i tako nastavila sopstvenim putem vešto izbegavši
ratne potrese koji su potom usledili. Slovenci su miran i radan narod i
nikada nisu smatrali da bi trebalo ravnopravno da dele ono što ostvare sa
onima koji u bivšoj domovini nisu bili toliko radni. I to je u redu. Izašli
su mirno i hladne glave, odlučno i samouvereno. I niko im nije ništa mogao
jer je proces raspada Jugoslavije pokrenuo točak istorije, bez povratka.
Slovenija ima sve prirodne lepote koje se mogu poželeti na tako malom
prostoru, od planinskih obronaka Alpa do Jadranskog mora. Postojnska jama,
stari primorski gradovi severnog Jadrana, Piran i Kopar, čuveno Bledsko
jezero sa malim romantičnim ostrvom i crkvom na njemu, zamak na Brdu kod
Kranja, kao i brojne termalne banje samo su deo lepota ove male planinske
zemlje. Brz ekonomski razvoj koji je započeo u prethodnoj državi kojoj su
pripadali, nastavio se još brže u novoj Sloveniji, koja je, od svih država
nastalih na prostoru bivše Jugoslavije, prva ušla u Evropsku zajednicu.
Posle pauze od dvadeset godina ponovo dolazim u glavni grad Ljubljanu, u
kome nema velikih promena, osim što su stare zgrade u centru dobile novi
sjaj; ne preteran već diskretan. I dalje je to mali grad sa vrednim ljudima,
ali ne mnogo više od toga. Kao da je vekovna obamrlost zavladala ovom
sredinom, oduzimajući radost življenja, moć kreacije, snagu preokreta i
ostavila Slovence u pasivnom konzumiranju života, onako kako bi to trebalo
da bude ili kako Evropa kaže. Zbog toga Slovenci vole da sebi daju oduška
tako što će vikendom načiniti iskorak u pristojnom ponašanju, ali samo mali,
ili otići na provod u Srbiju, gde će se ispoljiti njihova balkanska priroda.
Sloveniju i Srbiju oduvek su povezivale neke druge, dublje veze, a svakako i
zbližavao interes za korišćenjem prirodnih bogatstava manje razvijene, ali
velike i prijateljske Srbije.
Zanimljivo je da danas mnogi ljudi, pa čak i Amerikanci, kupuju kuće i
dolaze da žive u Sloveniju. Sigurnost koju im ona pruža svakako je
nezamenljiva, a jednostavnost i prijatnost življenja i blizina evropskih
centara, kao sto su Beč ili Milano, čine da se u istom trenutku osete kako u
mirnoj provinciji, tako i u živahnoj Evropi. Kako bi sami Slovenci rekli
svojim jezikom Europa zdaj (Evropa sada). I ona je zaista tu i sada, pomaže
ih i prihvata, proglašava Maribor svojom kulturnom prestonicom 2012. godine,
daje im skoro sve što žele, ali ipak uzima ono čega se balkanski narodi
teško odriču. Identitet. Nekima je teže, a nekima lakše oduzeti ga.
Slovenci najbolje znaju gde se nalaze i da li uopšte žele da budu
“Balkanci”.

Januar 2006.
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A small country at the foot of the Alps, it was the first to break away from
Yugoslavia, but peacefully, and that was something it had always wanted;
thus it followed its own path, deftly avoiding the traumas of war that
ensued. Slovenians are a peaceful and hardworking people and they never
maintained that they should share evenly the fruits of their work with
others in their ex-homeland who were not as diligent. And that is OK. They
left peacefully and with a cool head, decisively and with confidence. And no
one could do anything about it because the process of breaking up Yugoslavia
set in motion the wheel of history, beyond the point of no return.
Slovenia has all the natural beauties you can imagine and in such a small
space, from the hillsides of the Alps to the Adriatic Sea. Postojna Cave,
the old cities of Piran and Kopar on the North Adriatic coast, the famous
Bled Lake with a small picturesque island and a church on it, Kieselstein
Castle on a hill above Kranj, as well as numerous thermal spas, are only
part of many natural attractions of this small mountainous land. Rapid
economic development which started in the old country they used to belong
to, continued even faster in the new Slovenian state, which was the first
one of the ex-Yugoslav countries to enter the European Union.
After a 20 year break, I visit Ljubljana, the capital, again; there are no
big changes, just the old buildings in the city centre have a fresh lustre
about them; not conspicuous, but discreet. It is still a small city with
diligent people, but not much more than that. It seems like a century old
torpor has gained rule in this environment, taking away the joy of life, the
power to create, and change things, leaving Slovenians to passively consume
life, just ‘the way it should be’, or the way Europe wants. That is why
Slovenians like to indulge themselves at weekends, letting go of their
polite behaviour, but in a small way, or they would go on a fun trip to
Serbia where they let their Balkan mentality show its face. Slovenia and
Serbia were always linked by other, deeper connections, among others, the
common interest in exploiting the natural resources of the less developed,
but bigger, friendly Serbia.
It is interesting to note that many people these days, including Americans,
buy property here and settle down in Slovenia. The safety they have here is
irreplaceable, while the simple and pleasant way of life, as well as the
proximity of European hubs such as Vienna and Milan, make them experience in
tandem a quiet provincial life as well as the liveliness of Europe. As
Slovenians would say in their language: Europa zdaj (Europe now). Indeed,
Europe is here and now, helping them and accepting them, proclaiming Maribor
the European cultural capital of 2012.it is giving them almost everything
they want, and yet it is taking away something that the Balkans people find
hard to give away. Their identity. For some of them it is easier and for
some harder to give it away.
Slovenians know very well where exactly they are at and whether they want to
be one of the Balkans peoples or not.

January 2006

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