New things, new ideas and the taste of freedom, letting me choose whatever option comes along, while living bold and brave, fighting the path of life. Arriving back to Canada, finally becoming my home, settling down and for the first time in a while, seeking […]
As 2017 was closing its doors, we decided to create one last awesome adventure, to wrap up yet another amazing year!
The cherry on top, over so many exciting and interesting trips and things that happen to me, the past 12 months – it was time for the last epic adventure I was about to take! Rio Turbio is a river, that runs down one of the valleys in Chubut, a southern Argentinian province.
The area was hardly ever really explored by tourists or visitors. Maybe some climber dudes, once in a while, but that’s it. Besides the people that actually live there, nobody hardly ever comes. And that was the part that got us interested the most, of course.
Takes only a couple hour drive, from the town that my family lives, Bariloche. Once we got to the lake, there was a boat, waiting for you that took us over the lake. From then on, we changed the transport and each rode a horse, for the next couple days.
Luckily a friend of my mom has been building a house there for a while now and it’s planning to move in permanently. He hooked us up with some great connections where and how to rent horses and book a boat. Because frankly, horses are your only option of transport, when it comes to that valley. Unless you want to hike for a week straight, through no-road areas and try to break the trails, full of bushes.
The area is beautiful.
Glacier river runs along the tall mountains and true Patagonian jungle. Making it easy for you to get lost in – if you’re not ready. The people living here reminded me of Indonesian families. They don’t have much, yet they’re so happy. Life is simple, they make their own houses, produce their own fresh greens and hunt animals. About 28 families live in the valley and each neighbor is about an hour away from the other. Crazy?! It’s a completely different lifestyle, that many of us wouldn’t even imagine running it. But hey, you never know where life takes you + they are really happy. And aren’t we all looking for that? Happiness?
Couple days here and there. Our original plan was to further up and get some actual climbing done, but the weather messed up things and the river got bigger than we even thought. We ended up going to Cerro Plataforma. Such a cool mountain, with a huge platform on top – hence the name. My friend was actually talking about flying up a Cessna and landing up there! A sweet spot to go, for sure – if you’re visiting 😉
If, by any chance – anyone is interested in doing the trip on their own… shoot me an email, and I’ll pass you their numbers along with some names that you can contact and get a great experience!
This trip was for the books. Yet another that sets a great experience of beautiful Patagonia.
Happy New Years, Alenka
As the holiday time approches, I find myself thinking of some ways to be happier and take care of myself more. Here’s several ways to take care of yourself during the holidays.
Stop letting yourself sink down into bad feelings and try to get some light in. Learn to find the bright side and stay positive.
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 fall and in doing so, I feel some kind of euphoria that is as addicting as anything. It is scary and fun and intimidating all at the same time. I learnt to push my boundaries surfing and learnt what I’m really capable of and there is something very pure about it.
That is usually what I say when someone asks me why do I surf. I spent the last couple months living in Canggu. Canggu is a smaller surfy town located on the southern part of Bali. Not as turisty as others, which was why I liked it in the first place. I came there for a week, that was my original plan – and I stayed for 3 months. Ha, it’s where life takes you sometimes. But trust me, it is a very easy place to get stuck.
Besides surfing there was always fun to go to Pretty Poison or Deus Temple! My two favorite bars to go dance. In between that, lots of scooter rides, Sand Bar for the sunset and Old Mans for the tacos – it was a great combination of hanging out with some awesome people, filming a lot and eating incredibly good food!
And at the end, I did feel a bit, like being the part of the local community. And that’s what traveling is all about for me. Sure I love to see the interesting temples and sacred waterfalls, but hey – no travel guide ever is going to tell you how to live like a local at the specific place.
Canggu has shaped another side of me, that I yet didn’t know it exsisted. It was one of the places, like Atlin or Whistler. It has grew on me with the positive, vibrant energy of the island, kindness of the locals and smiles for days from the daily surf sessions. I sure Am missing our little surfy town, but another adventures are calling, first a Christmas in Argentina and then heading back to Whistler for the winter season.
Excited? Beyond! But I know that eventully I will head back to Canggu. And when I do, I know that I’ll get that fuzzy feeling of being home again.
There’s this thing in Indonesia, that they do. It’s called, pay-for-the-month-you-stay. Well, it’s not actually called like that, but this pretty much sums it up. As a regular, every day turist in Indonesia, you’ll get under 30 days stay, for free. Anything over that it’s […]
Staying in Bali the past couple months has definitely been a very different and life-changing experience, in general. But it feels like I say that about every new place I move to and stay there for a while. Which is cool, because I’m all about new experiences and learning every day. But I can’t help myself wondering… when is all of this going to end? Will I ever really settle down and actually stay in one place for more than a year? Who the hell knows. Not me.
After Ubud, I moved down south to Canggu and fell in love with the place instantly.
I mean what’s there not to love, right? Small surfer/hip town with a great party life, amazing food, and a big western local community. To be honest, I think I love it so much just because it reminds me of Whistler! Tight, small expat community, giving a huge support to each other, lots of athletes and filmmakers, and generally people who are there for the good times! Maybe like a mix of Whistler and Tofino (for those who are familiar with Canadian west coast) – except warmer!
It was not hard for me, to connect with some local brands and athletes, around Canggu. Word travels fast in smaller places and soon enough I knew that this is where I wanted to stay. I even got an apartment, I bought myself a board and whenever the time comes, for me to leave – I know it is gonna be extremely hard. But, for now I’m enjoying every single moment, not thinking much about the future.
As for my typical day, this is what the tropical island living looks like /
I’d get up every single morning at 5 am, do my yoga routine and if I really feel motivated some meditation as well. But my goal is to be in the water before 6 ‘o’ clock, for the sunrise surf anyways. After that, the classic breakfast with my friend at Canteen. (must go if in Canggu) and then work! Can’t do anything without a little work, right? Photoshoots, editing, filming, editing, been working for this company called Beemiles lately as well – so it’s a mix of everything. After lunch, (usually fish tacos or a Budha Bowl at Deus!) another surf session, lasts until the sunset – if the waves are good of course…. A big fat coconut after and then we get ready to go out! Get some dinner and later hit the bar! The party life here is amazing. So much going on, every single day, bars are fun and people are so relaxed. I haven’t really seen anyone going blackout drunk or doing drugs. Is way more chill than that!
So, there it is. A bit of my life, from this beautiful island. A mix of coconuts, good waves, and fish tacos.
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I arrived to Denpasar airport at 12 am on a Friday, the 22nd of September. That’s when the journey began anyway. Despite customsthe late hours the airport was crazy busy, in between custums and immigration I was out by 1.30 am. Turist’s visa on Bali […]
Bali. What is the first thing that pops in your mind when you hear Bali? Religion, yoga, food, surfing or rice? How about i-am-so-lost-in-life-whats-next-oh-lets-go-to-bali-for-an-answer? That was my case, anyway. Hi, my name is Alenka and I have a traveling addiction. The first time, I have […]
I recently spent a week in one of the Croatian party capitals, Split. My friends and I drove down to Croatia at night and arrived in the morning. From Ljubljana to Split (Slovenia to Croatia). It took us about 5 hours, a little less because we drove down at night, when there’s no traffic! This very cute town still has a Croatian – Mediterrenian touch, with narrow, small streets, little shops and places to get some food, hip restaurants and lots of bars and clubs! Many young people visit Split with a pourpose of enjoying the great night life.
NIGHT LIFE / From backpackers pubs, to rave-scene-2 flats big clubs, yacht parties and bar hopping! We didn’t prepare ourselves before arrival at all, we found out about the best party spots from promoters on the streets and locals told us where to go, depends on what we want! Music was good, entry fees were mostly free, or like 10EUR max, so it wasn’t that bad. I would reccomend pre-drinking with your friends, before going to the club, the prices can get a bit expensive!
We enjoyed places The Club Central, Vanilla Club and Inbox Club! FOR THE BEST OF BEST – GO TO ULTRA EUROPE!
For general INFO about Croatian traveling CLICK HERE
TRANSPORT / There’s lots of options for getting to Split, it all depends where you’re coming from. I would suggest checking FlixBus, they got cheap tickets and different schedule. For transportation around town, bus tickets are under 2 Eur!
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.
NYC it’s full with secret bars, crowded local breweries, underground clubs, illegal warehouse raves, hip brunch spots and secret occasional parties you can’t find at all! Unless you know how to look! Local stuff, we get it. But there’s way more to “typical locals guide to […]
I don’t want to say that today is just like any other day because it’s my birthday, but I guess today really is, just like any other.
Yesterday was the Gaper day on Whistler mountain and, as traditionally, my friends and I were riding park the whole day and had a golden sunny blast with everyone. Stoked on summer, but sad that the season is coming to the end. Later on, we continued partying in Longhorn and then couple more other bars through the night. I turned 18 at midnight. And that is the reason why I’m sitting by the pool, enjoying the sunshine and writing this post right now.
It’s been about 2 years since I left my home and started this crazy new life on the other side of the planet. I tried to think and figure out how do I deserve all this? What did I do, that was so good, that I deserve to enjoy my life every single day, 24/7? Through the past couple years, I traveled to so many places and met great people from all over the place, I got to know many different cultures and saw so many mountains and different landscapes. I’ve traveled, hitchhiked, lived simply, worked hard so I could afford to see more places, captured the most amazing moments in my life, did crazy things I didn’t see my self-doing a year ago… I’ve been trying to inspire people to go my way and encouraged traveling and free spirit.
And what I’m realizing more and more, is that all this mess that I call my life – it was all because of me and my crazy wanderlust driven mindset.
Of course, many thanks to my parents and family and friends for all the support and amazing childhood. But my point is, that I followed my dreams, made a plan, worked hard (still do) to make this happen. To live a life that I feel blessed every day for having it. Being the happiest I’ve been while growing and learning every day. And the best part is, that everyone can do it! As long as you set your mind to it and as long as you’re determent on what you want to do in your life, you can create your life. The life that you’ll feel blessed every day for having it!
Tomorrow morning I’m leaving to New York for a while, to explore the East side for the first time in my life. Beyond hyped for that. Stay tuned for the funky art posts.
I’m re-inventing myself very often, even against my will so many times. The adventure of life is so full of every possibility and for me, taking the risk of exploring everything I can in life, leads to all emotions. Love, heartbreak, fear, bliss, creativity and […]
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 rivers and dusty backwater oases, GUARANTEED that any traveler would remember this trip to the South as one of the best.
For me, it’s a wonder of the earth, filled up with so many secrets and hidden, remote places, yet so majestic and open at the same time. Spaces in between are large, so it’s the silence that fills them.
I’m originally from Slovenia, but I spend most of my life discovering Patagonia with my mom, especially in my younger years. I can’t say I know everything about this beautiful place and I’m pretty sure, nobody really does… But I can give you many reasons why travel to Patagonia and explore this part of the world with me.
1. It’s a wild land, filled with breathtaking landscapes and interesting wildlife.
It’s crazy, that you can see so many different terrains and places in one spot. From desserts and endless roads without a city or gas stations for hundreds of kilometers to wild jungle to incredible mountains, rivers, glaciers, and lagoons… You’ll get a feeling of great isolation and vast emptiness but at the same time very diverse wildlife and many different places to discover.
2. Meeting the Locals!
Speaking from my personal experience, in Patagonia, you’ll get to meet one of the nicest people there are. Not only, they help if you’re lost, they are happy to offer you for a cup of Mate or even welcome you to stay at their place or Estancia, for the night. They’re happy to help in any way, even though the communication usually isn’t the best. But it depends on travelers knowledge of Spanish and their knowledge of English. Besides being friendly and very welcoming, they’re super fun to party with, or gather around the bonfire and tell each other stories, maybe even make asado in the evening.
3. One of my favorite trekking places & places to eat!
The melange of craggy mountains crowned with glaciers and glistening with waterfalls, scrubland dotted with pale glacial lakes, flowering meadows, marshlands, and windblown cliffs. They give you a very wide range of possibilities for hiking, trekking, rock or ice climbing, quad-riding, backcountry skiing and more! It’s a place to be super active every day, yet still get to enjoy amazing wine, steaks, and chocolate! Must go spots for trekkings and hikes are, for example, Torres del Paine, El Chalten, Bariloche, El Calafate etc…
4. RUTA 40
Every time I went there, I figured that the most memorable moments won’t only be the photogenic highlights but on the road trips in between. The huge dome of the sky, tufts of coirón grass bursting through the desert, a solitary guanaco keeping watch from a hilltop and little things like that…
Though is no longer a dirt road, like it used to be, lonely Ruta 40 remains the iconic south american ‘highway’. It’s the most remote road I’ve ever driven on and even though is the only way, that connects Bariloche to El Chalten, for example. You could drive there for 2 days straight and very possibly not meet a single soul. Many foxes and guanacos though. It kind of reminds me of US Route 66. It’s one of those drives, where you play Willie Nelson’s “On the road again” on repeat and pretend that you’re in a gypsy traveling movie.
5. Coast of Atlantic
One of my favorite moments is, after 2 weeks of trekking and climbing, taking a ride to the coast. Not even a day drive from El Chalten and you’ll get a completely different scenario. Luckily, nobody cares if you stay on the beach overnight and enjoy waking up to the morning sun. It’s quieter and much less visited by tourists than Puerto Madryn and Península Valdés.
The southern stretch of the Atlantic coastline from Camarones to Río Gallegos is extremely rich in marine life of all kinds. There are several reserves protecting a wide variety of species of birds and mammals. And a few good bases for exploring them are towns like Camarones, Puerto Deseado, and Puerto San Julián, with good services and accommodation. If you have your own transport, you could head out to the only national park on the coast, Monte León, where you can walk the shore for miles.
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 100 meters long Sky Pilot Suspension bridge. One of my favourite spots to take great pictures. A new adition in the adventure mekka of Canada – Squamish.
Access to Sea to Sky Gondola it’s pretty simple.
In between Britannia Beach and Squamish, close to the Chief’s parking lot, on the right side, if you’re driving from the city. Has a wide rage of backcountry opportunities. It’s a very popular spot for ski touring and snow shoeing in the winter. Lots of hiking, biking trails, there’s a tube park in winter and comfy cafeteria with local fares.
It’s a unique little spot, gives every wanderluster a chance to find it’s own ADVENTURE.