Chronicles on the Road: Mariborsko Pohorje (Day 2)
Yesterday we complained about the bad weather, but today things changed significantly. Read about our second day in Mariborsko Pohorje, Slovenia:
Today was good! With an exclamation point! We woke up in a winter wonderland, literally. Snow was falling beautifully: I watched it from the balcony, the trees were wrapped in white, it was like Christmas morning in February. Therefore, we decided to put the weather to good use and hit the slopes again. And do I ever love the feel of fresh snow under my skis! Stefan, Cristi, and I were the courageous three who glided and whooshed for a few good hours, while Alexandra and Flavius discovered new places and took great pictures of the surroundings.
My personal highlight of the day was skiing all the way down to Maribor on a pretty steep slope (the most difficult I’ve ever been on). It is safe to say that victory was upon us — and upon the others a bit quicker, because my whooshing and gliding was a bit more beginner-ish, whereas they were patient. We’re all set for the evening now; we bought some Slovenian wines, and we’re ready for the tasting. — Alexandra Dragos
Our initial plan for today was to go on a guided tour of Maribor. We even scheduled it a few days in advance. But, to our astonishment, it had snowed all night, and when we woke up in the morning everything around was like a fairy tale. It actually kept snowing all day long, dropping huge snowflakes. Therefore, we postponed the Maribor guided tour till tomorrow and went skiing instead. Well, not me, nor Flavius — we preferred to stay at the après ski, enjoying the energy of the resort.
After lunch, we decided to drive to Areh — another ski resort on Pohorje Mountain, located a little higher up than Maribor Pohorje Ski Resort. Now, speaking frankly, Areh seemed more wonderful to me. Maybe it was because there were fewer skiers than in Mariborsko Pohorje. Or maybe it was because we found an intriguing abandoned church there, built in 1659. I’m not sure what it was, but I certainly want to come back and explore these places once again (probably in the summertime). — Alexandra Palconi
What I particularly like about this place (and I presume it applies to all of Slovenia) is that the human touch is very well integrated into the scenery. All the chalets look like cozy homes in the middle of nowhere. It’s a pleasure to see nature and man so in tune with each other. — Flavius Neamciuc
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