Real Slovene Reggae

I went with three friends, two tents, four sleeping bags, one sleeping matt and lots of energy.

For my last days in Slovenia, I chose to join the very well-known and highly spoken of Soča Reggae Riversplash festival in Tolmin.

I went with three friends, two tents, four sleeping bags, one sleeping matt and lots of energy. We hitch hiked from Ljubljana in couples, and my hitch hiking partner and I came on quite some travel, including a small detour to Logatec, a stop and confusion in Idrija, ending at a café and finally a ride with two guys, who where desperate for some joint paper.

Bridge on the way to Tolmin

First view of the camp

When we finally arrived the tents where already put up and it took no expert to see the greater problem. One of the tents looked as if it was bought in a joke shop. It was tiny. Still laughing about the tent we decided to sleep four people in the other two-persons tent and keep all our backpacks in what we from then on would refer to as the luggage-tent.

Our luggage tent

Unfortunately, that night it started raining heavily and the thunder and lightening seemed to hit right by our tent. It would have been wonderful to listen to if not for the concern we felt for the other tent. A concern which the next day seemed rightful. The luggage was dripping with water and the tent was a swimming pool.

Even though I come from Denmark and think that a festival ain’t a real festival without a mud bath, I believe this to be a little too much for me. We felt like drowned mice! The next couple of days the weather changed a bit and our luggage-tent survived against all odds, while our clothes slowly began to dry up.

Separated toilets, Slovene mentality and camping feelings!

The festival itself was rather funny to experience. I have never before been at a festival where there are signs on the toilets making them out to be for men or women, and the most amazing fact was that the Slovenes actually kept that rule. All the toilets with an icon of a man could be free and still there would stand a line of girls waiting for the occupied toilets with an icon of a woman.

Camp

Most of the festival seemed more like quiet camping – though with an extreme high rate of joints circulating. Nothing extraordinary was happening, no funny stories to tell later. It was like the festival feeling never really came. Maybe because of the first nights heavy rain or maybe because Slovenes just don’t know what to do at a festival.

But what about the music!

But the most important part of any music festival will be the bands, and it is no different at Soča Reggae Riversplash. There where some really great bands and this comes from a girl, who doesn’t know much more than the name Bob Marley, when it comes to the reggae-genre.

I saw Israel Vibration, a fantastic Jamaican band so old that they had to use walking sticks, but still so energetic, that they made the crowd cry for more.

I experienced a French guy saying “merci to you, you, you, you…” for half an hour to the approximately 20 people present!

And a Bosnian Rastafari band calling themself Dubioza Kolektiv. They were great, and, according to a friend of mine, on their way up! Many other bands played too, some good some bad, but all in all great to experience!

Soca River

This was my mini festival in Tolmin! And I’m sure I shall often recall it on other festivals when the pissed-all-over-fences and over-shitted-toilets get to much.

Zofka

Gallery: PUM

I had the amazing fortune to meet and work with the wonderful and engaging people at PUM (Projektno učenje za mlade) in Ljubljana for a year. These pictures are a few from my time on the project.

Days at PUM

We are Atoms!
We are Atoms!
Smoking Break
Smoking Break
Knitting
Knitting
Guys baking
Guys baking
With Veronique and Marieke
With Veronique and Marieke

Walking to the Peak of Grmada

To Grmada
To Grmada
The view from Grmada
The view from Grmada
Reaching the top
Reaching the top
Majkel at Grmada
Majkel at Grmada
View from the top
View from the top
The view towards Ljubljana
The view towards Ljubljana
The view from the top
The view from the top
Matjaz at Grmada
Matjaz at Grmada
With Laura at Grmada
With Laura at Grmada
The amazing PUM
The amazing PUM

Visiting Tolmin

With Ana and Katja
With Ana and Katja
Tolmin
Tolmin
Tolmin
Tolmin
The Soča River in Tolmin
The Soča River in Tolmin
The mountains from Tolmin
The mountains from Tolmin
Football field in Tolmin
Football field in Tolmin
An old hut in Tolmin
An old hut in Tolmin
Triglavski narodni park
Triglavski narodni park
A bridge over Soča
A bridge over Soča
At the Soča
At the Soča
PUM on the stairs
PUM on the stairs

Vacation in Bohinj

Our lodgings near Lake Bohinj
Our lodgings near Lake Bohinj
Road sign
Road sign
Luka contemplating nature
Luka contemplating nature
The Julian Alps and the Bohinj Valley
The Julian Alps and the Bohinj Valley
The Savica Waterfall
The Savica Waterfall
Lake Bohinj in the evening
Lake Bohinj in the evening
Posing at Lake Bohinj in the evening
Posing at Lake Bohinj in the eveningPosing at Lake Bohinj in the evening
Lake Bohinj
Lake Bohinj
Lake Bohinj
Lake Bohinj
Canoeing on Lake Bohinj
Canoeing on Lake Bohinj
Lake Bohinj
Lake Bohinj
Cows at the edge of Lake Bohinj
Cows at the edge of Lake Bohinj
Traffic jam on Lake Bohinj
Traffic jam on Lake Bohinj
Canoeing and kayaking on Lake Bohinj
Canoeing and kayaking on Lake Bohinj
Me
Me
Repelling
Repelling
Triglav
Triglav
Yellow flowers
Yellow flowers
Purple flowers
Purple flowers
View of Lake Bohinj and the Julian Alps from the cable car
View of Lake Bohinj and the Julian Alps from the cable car
Savica River
Savica River
Bonfire
Bonfire
On the passanger boat crossing lake Bohinj
On the passanger boat crossing lake Bohinj
Bridge and St. John Baptist's Church
Bridge and St. John Baptist’s Church
A turn in the road
A turn in the road
In Mostnica Gorge
In Mostnica Gorge
In Mostnica Gorge
In Mostnica Gorge
Fields at lake Bohinj
Fields at lake Bohinj
Hayrack
Hayrack
Field at Lake Bohinj
Field at Lake Bohinj

Zofka