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An audio documentary presenting true stories about foreigners in Slovenia. We visit them, peek into their lives and daily routines. Take a different look at the people that have come from abroad! Has Slovenia fulfilled their expectations? Is it their land of dreams?

Land of dreams

An audio documentary presenting true stories about foreigners in Slovenia. We visit them, peek into their lives and daily routines. Take a different look at the people that have come from abroad! Has Slovenia fulfilled their expectations? Is it their land of dreams?


22.09.2021

Meet Brigid from Germany, and Malva from Sweden

What's it like to live and work on a farm in Slovenia? Why does one decide to become a volunteer? Meet Brigid from Germany and Malva from Sweden, two young ladies growing from their challenges in Slovenia. What have they learned about/from farming in Slovenia, and does a land of dreams exist? Brigid's and Malva's music choice: Giant Rooks - "Bright Lies". You can listen to the full song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm2RgfwFZDg You can also join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Land-of-Dreams-209819855839296/

9 min 15 s

16.06.2021

Meet Sanam Fouladvand, an Iranian in Slovenia

Meet Sanam, born and raised in Iran, a law graduate from France, and now a shop owner in Maribor. Sanam has lived here for 14 years now. Her initial plan was to work in the field of law, but met her future Slovenian husband while waiting for a job interview. Today Sanam has two children and sells goods and artisan crafts mostly from Iran. We paid her a visit and were offered some traditional tea and dates. She says she feels good in Slovenia but adds that she misses the warmth and kindness from Iran. Sanam's music choice: Pink Floyd - "High Hopes". You can listen to the full song here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jMlFXouPk8 You can also join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Land-of-Dreams-209819855839296/

9 min 56 s

02.06.2021

Meet Jung Minuk, a South Korean in Slovenia

Young and in love. Jung Minuk is from Seoul, South Korea. After meeting Vanessa he decided to come live and study in Slovenia. They live together in Pernica, Vanessa goes to school in Maribor and Minuk studies in Celje. He says Slovenians eat a lot of bread, are friendly to strangers, and it was in Slovenia that he first saw a night sky full of bright stars. Jung Minuk's music choice: Busker Busker - "Cherry Blossom Ending". You can listen to the full song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXV7dfvSefo&ab_channel=StoneMusicEntertainment You can also join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Land-of-Dreams-209819855839296/

8 min 12 s

28.10.2020

Meet Ahmad Ikbayri, a Libyan in Slovenia

Meet Ahmad, a young Libyan playing professional volleyball in Slovenia. Ahmad is happy to be in Slovenia, he says his team and staff in Maribor have accepted him well. He admits that coming to Slovenia and acquiring the visa was a difficult process, involving a lot of paperwork... But a smile can get you a long way and also give hope to people, which is why Ahmad always smiles :) Find out what Ahmad's favourite food in Slovenia is, and where he dreams to go one day… in the next Land of Dreams ?? Ahmad's music choice: Tekno - "Rara". You can listen to the full song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yul2-4mc6mg You can also join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Land-of-Dreams-209819855839296/

7 min 41 s

14.10.2020

Meet Daron Evans, an Englishman in Slovenia

Englishman Daron Evans says he returned to his roots when he decided to buy some property in the village of Borjana in western Slovenia. Daron's mother was actually Slovene, born in the same village, located near the Nadiža river. Daron calls the Nadiža valley his ancestral home and says there is love in Slovenia. Childhood memories of swimming and trying to catch fish, discovering nature, renovating an old house and passing it all on to his children, Daron says his past and future are in the Nadiža valley. Music used in the interview: Andrej Ofak & Borut Mori - "The Echoes of River Drava", and Jože Kampič & Zorl - "Maruška". You can also follow Land of Dreams on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Land-of-Dreams-209819855839296/

8 min 39 s

30.09.2020

Meet Viola Hobiger, an Austrian in Slovenia

Viola is from Austria and Viola lives in Maribor. She's not a football fan, but she has watched NK Maribor play. Viola is a chemist who works in a lab in Maribor. She says the coffee in Slovenia is cheaper, that the people are friendly, and that Slovenia's nature is a small-scale version of Austria, with the big exception that Slovenia has a seaside ;) Find out more about Viola and her thoughts about living in Slovenia as we take a walk through Maribor… Viola's music choice: Lou Reed - "Perfect Day". You can listen to the full song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wxI4KK9ZYo You can also join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Land-of-Dreams-209819855839296/

6 min 44 s

16.09.2020

Meet Peter Davey, an Englishman in Slovenia

Peaceful, silent, with blue skies above and surrounded by nature. That would sum up Peter Davey's home, located just outside one of the small villages in the Karst region. Peter met his husband, Milan from Slovenia, around 26 years ago in London. In 2005 they decided to buy some land and put up a house in Slovenia. Peter is now retired from work and lives a life in complete contrast to what he did in England????????????. He spends more time outdoors, growing lavender, fruit trees, vegetables, and playing croquet on his lawn. Peter's music choice: The first movement of Brahms Piano Quartet No 2 in A major, Op 26. You can listen to the entire piece here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPmCAGpCUzw&t=925s You can also join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Land-of-Dreams-209819855839296/

11 min 41 s

02.09.2020

Meet Carmen Kuntz, a Canadian in Slovenia

Carmen Kuntz is a traveler, environmentalist, freelance writer, hiker and kayaker. Carmen is a Canadian, who has chosen to live in Slovenia. Residing near Kobarid, next to the Soča river, she says Slovenia's mountains and rivers are beautiful and still wild. She came here because of love and goes kayaking almost every day. She still does miss a few things from Canada, like for example space, and the possibility to paddle away and not see anyone for weeks. But although things are bigger in Canada, Carmen says Slovenia has all of Canada's features jammed into one smaller country. She says Slovenia is special and calls on people not to take what they have for granted. After all, where else in the world can you drink directly from a river? Carmen's music choice: Neil Young - "Bandit". You can listen to the full song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpiJTRmBMvE You can also join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Land-of-Dreams-209819855839296/ Photo: Katja Pokorn

9 min 45 s

24.06.2020

Meet Samuel Baldwin, an Englishman in Slovenia

Taste the pleasure of simple physical work in an untouched region, a sweet spot at the end of the line… Meet Samuel Baldwin, an Englishman in love with the Koroška region! Sam is an author, traveler, entrepreneur and marketer, who has a 300-year-old house in Breg, near the town of Mežica. He says the house has character, and in his wish to preserve the old traditions he recently started making wooden gutters from tree logs! Breg is also a place of inspiration, where Sam came up with his Breg design t-shirts and clothing brand;) Saml's music choice: The Chemical Brothers - "The Salmon Dance". You can listen to the full song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDj7DuHVV9E You can also join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Land-of-Dreams-209819855839296/

8 min 59 s

10.06.2020

Meet Tatiana Legina, a Ukrainian in Slovenia

There was nothing rational in her decision to choose Slovenia. Neither she nor her husband knew anyone in Slovenia, they had no place to stay and no jobs waiting for them. But she was the one that chose Slovenia. She says her choice was emotional and that Ljubljana's name sounded nice and warm. Meet Tatiana Legina, who together with her husband and two young daughters made the move from Kiev to Ljubljana around 4 years ago. A move that none of them regrets. Tatiana's music choice: Pink Floyd - "High Hopes". You can listen to the full song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jMlFXouPk8 You can also join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Land-of-Dreams-209819855839296/

8 min 19 s

27.05.2020

Meet Henri and Niina, a Finnish couple in Slovenia

Henri and Niina found themselves under lockdown in Slovenia while traveling the world. They found a quiet place to park their van in Sevnica and have been living there for two months now!!! They say it was meant to be, and have actually found what they were looking for: beautiful nature, mountains, warm weather, and their own food garden. Henri and Niina are in no rush to return to Finland, and are now even thinking about buying some land in Slovenia. Henri and Niina's music choice: CC White - Soul Kirtan - "Hare Krishna Mantra". You can listen to the full song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGWpqbd0yTs You can also join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Land-of-Dreams-209819855839296/

8 min 58 s

04.03.2020

Meet Greg Difortuna, an American in Slovenia

Meet Greg Difortuna, an indoor skydiving instructor living in Slovenia! Greg is an American from New Jersey, living in Ljubljana, working in Logatec ;) He says Slovenia takes care of its people. He likes the clean water, amazing food, beautiful nature, beautiful people and Slovenia's open society. To find out more about his experience in Slovenia join us for a hike up Šmarna Gora :) Greg's music choice: The Kinks - "This Time Tomorrow". You can listen to the full song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwVJ7FWc4rQ You can also join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Land-of-Dreams-209819855839296/

8 min 13 s

19.02.2020

Meet Rainer Schamberger, an Austrian in Slovenia

Meet Rainer Schamberger, a managing director in the banking industry. And meet his alter ego, Ray Shames, a virtual musician living out his emotions in the circus of life! Rainer is an Austrian living in Ljubljana and is very much dedicated to his work and music. He says what the world needs is more empathy. To find out more about his work and experience in Slovenia so far, join us in the Land of Dreams! Rainer's music choice: Ray Shames - "Wir Sind Wie Wir Sind". You can listen to the full song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfZEsh5sBcQ You can also join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Land-of-Dreams-209819855839296/

10 min 12 s

05.02.2020

Meet Tanja Van Steenkiste, a Belgian in Slovenia

Tanja is from Belgium and moved to Slovenia a couple of years ago with her family. She now lives in Podsreda, where she has her own ‘gostilna’ serving Belgian beer!!! She says life in Belgium was too stressful, that people in Slovenia are more open, and that her two small sons already speak better Slovene than she does :) In the past Slovenia was her family’s favourite holiday destination, but today she calls Slovenia her home ;) Tanja's music choice: Manca Špik - "Serenada". You can listen to the full song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQEps5Jnpaw You can also join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Land-of-Dreams-209819855839296/

8 min 35 s

22.01.2020

Meet Roberto Monas, an Italian in Slovenia

Love opens many doors and can lead to beautiful things. For Roberto Monas it was moving to Slovenia and opening his own restaurant – a typical Italian osteria tucked away in the countryside in Imenje, which is close to Moravče and Krtina, which is not far away from Ljubljana;) Roberto loves to cook and spoil his guests, and says Slovenia is green, clean, and full of beautiful people. Roberto's music choice: Eros Ramazzotti. We chose - "Terra Promessa". You can listen to the full song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li_NL38lpkQ You can also follow Land of Dreams on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Land-of-Dreams-209819855839296/

9 min 5 s

08.01.2020

Meet Bojan Jovanov, a Macedonian in Slovenia

Meet Bojan Jovanov, a young Macedonian living and working in Ljubljana. His first memory of Slovenia is winning a silver square medal at a swimming competition when he was 10-years-old. Many years later, he decided to come to Slovenia to complete a second Master's degree. He then eventually found a job and now works as an education consultant helping other foreign students come to Slovenia ;) Is he happy here? What does he like about Slovenia and what does it lack? And what about his plans for the future? All that in the next Land of Dreams episode. Bojan's music choice: Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Have You Ever Seen The Rain". You can listen to the full song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1V8YRJnr4Q You can also follow Land of Dreams on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Land-of-Dreams-209819855839296/

8 min 54 s

18.12.2019

Meet Beril and Omer Buyuktas, a Turkish couple in Slovenia

Meet Beril Balal and Omer Buyuktas, a young couple from Istanbul who decided to take chance on Slovenia:) First, they came as tourists and fell in love with the country. Then, they decided to move here and open a business - a Turkish street food restaurant offering Turkish style potatoes and waffles. More about their story and vision, in the next Land of Dreams! Beril and Omer's music choice: Dolapdere Big Gang - "Englishman in New York". You can listen to the full song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iMOLmLp9gg You can also join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Land-of-Dreams-209819855839296/

10 min 11 s

04.12.2019

Meet Denys Masliuk, a Ukrainian in Slovenia

Denys Masliuk is a pianist from Ukraine happily living in Slovenia. He lives with his Slovenian wife and their two children in Koper. He teaches piano and plays in concert halls across Europe. In order to become a good pianist, Denys says one must be talented and work hard. 20% talent and 80% hard work! He says his Slovenian students are both talented and hard-working. Denys Masliuk's music choice: A-ha - "Take On Me". You can listen to the full song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djV11Xbc914 You can also join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Land-of-Dreams-209819855839296/

8 min 56 s

20.11.2019

Meet Svetlana Sapelova, a Russian in Slovenia

Meet Svetlana Sapelova, a Russian originally from St. Petersburg, living and working in Slovenia. We met up by a lake in Ljubljana and talked about what it's like to live in Slovenia and with Slovenians. Svetlana, a software developer, admits that making friends in Slovenia is a challenge, but says she's happy to have adopted a more active lifestyle, and a better work-life balance. Svetlana's music choice: Bigflo & Oli - "Plus tard". You can listen to the full song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UgsqtaXiwI You can also join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Land-of-Dreams-209819855839296/

10 min 57 s

06.11.2019

Meet Habte Tareke, an Eritrean in Slovenia

Habte Tareke has been through a lot in life. Habte is from Eritrea. One day he decided to leave his country, family and children, cross the Sahara Desert and take the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea in hope of a better life. Today he lives in Maribor and works with the Red Cross. After three years in Slovenia, Habte still faces many obstacles… His only wish now is to reunite with his children and wife. Habte's music choice: Abraham Afewerki - "Men Yfelto". You can listen to the full song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7ZiSRImSLA You can also join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Land-of-Dreams-209819855839296/

9 min 6 s

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