Thursday, March 13, 2008

I Heart (City): Radovljica

I definitely miss NYC, but don't get me wrong. Wheelville definitely has its selling points:

Things I love about Wheelville (so far):

1) THE CAPTAIN - Yes, he's the reason I parked it in Wheelville, so he gets the #1 spot. I love that he has lived here most of his life and knows the place like the back of his hand. Much of his family is here, nearly all his friends are here, so living here gives me a massive glimpse into who and why he is. Love the man, love his town.

2) MY HOOD - I love my quaint little street with my friendly neighbors. Lovely neighbors who open the door for you and give you coffee when you loan them sugar. I know this might have been possible for me in NYC, but I have a feeling it might have taken a long time and a bigger commitment (buying a house, raising a family there, etc.)

3) FOOD! - I know it's shocking but I do eat incredibly well here. What Wheelville lacks in variety it makes up for in freshness. I've accomplished what is almost impossible in NYC, I've met actual farmers! In fact, there is one in the family and as I sit here I am actually munching on a lovely bowl of regrat (dandelion greens) that he brought up from Dolenjska yesterday. Yum!

4) GARDENING - You might be surprised to hear that there was a fleeting moment wherein I actually had my own garden back in Brooklyn. Yes sirree! I had an incredible spring/summer cultivating tomatoes, peppers, squash, and all manner of herbs. It was wonderful, but alas as quick as it was acquired the garden was taken away from me. :( But here in Wheelville, the garden is here to stay and we've got even more stuff: tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, apples, pears, peppers, broccoli, berries, beans, TONS of salad, and almost every imaginable herb. There is nothing like food fresh from the garden (see #3) and it tastes even better when you grew it yourself. So I'm looking forward to it this year!

5) THE VIEW - Back in Brooklyn, I mainly had a view of the street. Big rig trucks rushing past the window all day and night. Oh and the gas station across the street with its bright lights burning red and blue into my bedroom. Here, as I type I can look out and see the mountains. People pay all sorts of money just to vacation near to this view and lucky old me!

6) THE SIZE- While Wheelville only has a few venues and watering holes they are all within walking distance. My new favorite bar/cafe, Academia, is just around the corner and the none-too-shappy concert hall/movie theater, Linhartova Dvorana, is just a few blocks away. Where I lived in Brooklyn, we didn't even have a movie theater in my area! I know it makes no sense to compare but... I love the subway in NYC for getting around, but for reliability nothing beats going by foot when you can, so I am glad that I can do that here.

Anyway, that's my list, six months in. I hope that as time goes on I can discover more things to love and create a longer and better list!


alcessa said...

I think I get the picture now... :-)

That's a really truly beautiful garden, BTW.

Tina. said...

Aw, what a great list.

jana said...

What an inspired list!

BitchB said...

Love it! Dying to know how you and the Captain met though - any chance you'll tell all in an upcoming post?

Kristine said...

Just wanted to let you know I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog. I am a life-long Pittsburgher of Slovenian descent, and have only visited Slovenia once. But still, your pictures never fail to make me a little "homesick", and I dig your unique perspective.

Camille Acey said...

@Alcessa - I knew you would! ;)

@Tina & Jana- Thanks! After singing the praises of NYC, I figured I better give Wheelville its due!

@BB - I kinda wanna see how long I can keep the intrigue going!

@Kristine- Thanks for reading! I hope the pictures entice you to come back and visit again soon!

jenene said...

cute little town!!!