There is this incredible rush I get when you drop in on a wave that is followed by an extreme amount of focus where I don’t think about anything else in that moment. Having to concentrate 100% on every little foot movement so I don’t […]
Long time no see. Or write. Okay, to start from the begging.
After celebrating my birthday and coming back from New York, I’ve been for the whole month of May mostly in Whistler, celebrating life and snowboarding every single day. Lot’s of sun and smiles. And working lots of course, because (unfortunately) I’ve got big ambitions and huge adventure appetite, which both frankly inquire a lot of money.
My riding days have been filled with camping in the forest, or on the top of the mountain, climbing in beautiful Squamish granite rock, soaking up the delayed spring sun and loving life, because nothing was missing in our little paradise under the sun, British Columbia.
Right before my graduation day I took a little road trip to Tofino, to get in some surfing in the rad waves at the west coast of the Vancouver Island. Beauty! A full week of bonfires, photo shoots, camping, exploring and SURFING. Then after wearing the famous cap and gown, and eating lots of sushi – I headed over the seas to Europe baaaby.
And so the adventure began.
First of all, saying hi to all the friends and family that I haven’t seen for couple years – no problem. Then telling everyone the same story, how is West side, yes it’s great and beautiful, yes – I’m snowboarding, yes – I am surfing lots. Finished school? That too. Any criminals over there? No, thank god. Yes grandma, I’m being safe… and so on and so on.
Than, later on I had the pleasure to cuddle with my dog’s puppies, that she had about two months ago and after a couple days my dear mom decided there’s enough of lazy Alenka who just goes out to meet friends and sleeps all day – so she took me to Paklenica, Croatia for a whole week. Climbing, swimming, reading and having a solid wifi-free vacation on the Croatian coast. Also, finally after almost a year – getting some mother/daughter time with my badass climbing momma!
BUT THE ADVENTURE NEVER STOPPED…
After coming back from Croatia – a quick day with my youngest brother, Marko and off we go for another trip. Leaving for Tunisia was so fast-planning (or let’s be honest, no planning at all) and spontaneous, I LOVED IT. In less than half an hour, I booked a flight and a hotel, got my documents ready, packed my suitcase and I was on my way! Cheers, gotta love them trips like that!
So here I am, sitting on the sunny deck of our house, in central Slovenia, sipping homemade mint juice. Looking at the beautiful Alps of Kamnik and enjoying this mixture of peace and quiet, pouring like the finest champagne into my mind and creating a positive vibe in my life.
And it’s funny, because as the sun goes down, it gives everything this beautiful golden tone (no wonder the photographers call it the golden hour). It looks so stunning that I’m almost wandering why I left home in the first place. Almost. And it gets me wondering for a split second, why are we people so greedy, we always want more, explore more, see more, live more? But then again, the next moment I remember all those crazy adventures I’ve been through in my life, all the way from early years until now. I remember the feeling of coming into a new city, seeing people act differently and having different cultures. The feeling of finally climbing to the mountain peak and seeing the view, the feeling of going down a big wave, biggest that I’ve done before or sleeping on the beach with a sky full of stars, away from the city lights… And there it is, an answer to my question, and like most things in life, it’s so simple yet not.
Vast and empty, wind-swept and barren, Patagonia simply, is a landscape of the imagination. Full of impossibly massive walls of ice and blue-green-turquoise spectrum trapped within. Meanwhile, stark granite peaks planted like spears in the Cordillera beckon extreme mountain climbers and casual trekkers alike. Many pristine […]
The gondola it’s just another one of many interesting things you can visit around here. Once you take a 10-minute ride up to the Summit Lodge you’ll be surrounded by endless mountains, coastal forests, and ocean views everywhere around you. Then you get to cross the […]
Almost 2 weeks spent on the large italian island, located in tyrrhenian sea, climbing, swimming, enjoying the nearly 2000 km of coastline, sandy beaches and clear turquoise water. with MOUNTAINOUS interior crossed with perfect cliffs and hiking trails with beautiful views.
Sardinia was a love at first sight for me and no matter, how many times will I return, there’s always new places to explore, crags to climb and one of the dreamiest sandy beaches in Europe to swim at.
PEACEFULLY FLOATING THROUGH THE EARLY MORNING CITY TRAFFIC IN DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER. TRIPPING LIGHTS AND PEOPLE RUNNING TO GET TO WORK. WEATHER HASN’T BEEN VERY GOOD. IT DIDN’T STOP RAINING FOR THE PAST MONTH OR SO. I DESPERATELY NEEDED SOME SUN.
It’s been a while since I’ve traveled and I was done going through the same routine every day, working a lot in rainy Squamish. I decided to press pause and escape the real world for a little while. So, there I was. Floating through city traffic, making my way to the airport. And before I knew I was on my flight to Amsterdam. Couple hours here couple hours there and I arrived to Venice, Italy. From Venice, my mom and the crew picked me up and the next day, we took a ferry from Livorno to Olbia (Italian island, Sardinia).
And other than the ferry being late 4 hours, everything was okay and we were on the road.
First stop was one of our classic climbing spots on the island. Just 1 hour drive southern (taking the highway) from Olbia, called Buchi Arta. Very easy approach, from Cala Gonone, keep going up towards little town, Dorgali following the dirt road and size towards crags. We stayed in that are 2 days, ideal for the morning climbs (October-April) and afternoon ones in the summer. Good quality grey limestone rock with sharper crimps and cracks.
The third day was a charm.
We drove down to the seaside and stopped by the far most famous rock climbing area in Sardinia I believe. Cala Gonone was like a paradise for me. Crags so close to the ocean that you could almost belay directly from water, and luckily every year more medium/low-grade climbs. Best times for climbing would be early mornings or late afternoons, if you don’t want to burn down while visiting. And even though, in the early November, was pretty hot in midday. It’s a lucky mixtape and variety of many crags and beaches, all very close together. For the night we drove to Cala Cartoe, on the other side and spend a night there.
What a beautiful thing. Waking up to the sunrise and realizing all the best things in life are completely free and how little it takes to make you a happy person. Every single sunrise it’s a sign of a new day and the starting of something new and exciting, new options to do better and be better for yourself. Felt so lucky at Cala Cartoe, it was such an amazing place to wake up at, doing yoga before the sun come out and generally feeling grateful for life.
That day, we drove uphill (15 min) to hit the spot, Margheddie. Again, another one of the historic Cala Gonone crags. But definitely a good climb for the late afternoon! Very close to those crags there’s Grotta Millenium. If you’re ever visiting this island, this magnificent cave is one of the spots you have to visit, doesn’t matter if you’re a climber or not. It is a huge cave with fantastic and variety of higher graded overhanging routes, up to 9a+. It can be reached by a boat or from the above. Later on, we went to check out Cala Osala, but didn’t impress us much, so we returned to Cala Cartoe and spend the night there again.
The 5th day, we moved ourselves to the west coast.
3 hour drive to the Capo Pecora. Beautiful cape, far away from cities or people. Hence the west coast, we got to enjoy endless hours of sun on the beach in the late afternoon, mixed with a contrast of gentle swells, rolling from the west and beautiful landscape, creating a window to the soul, that is engraved in your mind forever.
The next couple days were spend simply climbing around local cliffs and crags around Buggerrru. Starting at the 7km long canyon looking inland, Gutturu Cardaxius (Banana Republic), specially developed in the last couple years. Classic Punta Pilocca and spots around Arenas, sectors like Saranno Famosi, Cinecitta and La Cantina.
Not too much sun, wasn’t cold, beautiful rock!
Nice and quiet couple of days, haven’t seen much people around, climbs were mixed up with swims on Cala Domestica.
As usual, the last day came way to soon. I wish we could enjoy the beauty of this island and the warmth of the sun and water for another week, but we had to turn back North. Did a little Cala Gonone swim before the ferry and that was that. Seven hour drive to Slovenia and cold, cold weather.
Other than that, life is beautiful. Colourful, exciting, many things moving forward as they should and days filled with as much or as little communication with other human beings as one chooses. So for any challenging obstacle, there is always something positive in return. It’s just about finding a new groove and then flow with it. Still fumbling for that perfect groove.
13th of July, 2016 Waking up, bright and early, going to the roof top of my uncle apartment and leaving my phone behind. Enjoying the sun slowly coming out and shinning uptown Belgium houses at 6 in the morning. Brussels’ starting to wake up. Eventually. […]