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Land of dreams

202 epizod

Land of dreams

202 epizod

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?


Meet Joyce Pizarro, a Peruvian in Slovenia

Meet Joyce Pizarro, a Peruvian who calls herself a Latin American, and calls Slovenia her home. Her first contact with Slovenia was in primary school in India, and later in life her best friends were Slovenes of Argentinian descent. After moving from country to country she then met a Slovenian traveling the world. Eventually Joyce moved to Maribor and today she has three children and works for a Slovenian company that helps others do business in new markets around the world. Joyce says Slovenes are kind but should be more proud. She misses South America’s culture of living, the freshness of the fruit, and warm weather. Joyce's music choice: Calle 13 - "Latinoamérica". You can listen to the full song here: You can also join us on Facebook


Meet Joao Cavalheiro, a Portuguese in Slovenia

Joao was born and raised in Lisbon, but does not regret his decision to move to Slovenia. The reason: a blue-eyed blonde girl from Maribor. He says it was love at first sight. He does miss the ocean, but now calls Maribor his home. Joao still struggles with the language but speaks German and easily finds work in neighboring Austria. He studied gastronomy and tourism, praises Slovenia's wine, and says Slovenia is a hidden gem in Europe. Joao's music choice: HMB ft. Carminho - "O Amor é Assim". You can listen to the full song here: You can also join us on Facebook


Meet Robin Hill, an Englishman in Slovenia

Have you ever perceived Slovenia as both the great outdoors and a culinary destination at the same time? Just like many other foreigners arriving in Slovenia, Robin Hill was blown away by the beauty and outdoor activities on offer. Originally from Birmingham in England, it didn't take Robin long to buy a house and move to Slovenia. And being a chef, he eventually also opened his own restaurant business in Log pod Mangartom. Robin's music choice: Fleet Foxes - 'Blue Ridge Mountains': You can listen to the full song here: You can also join us on Facebook


Meet Lindsey Conroy, an American in Slovenia

Imagine an amphitheater of forest-covered mountains and a green open meadow in the middle. And a chair. And sitting on that chair is Lindsey. On one of her European travels she fell in love with Slovenia, and especially the Bovec area. Originally from Montana, USA, Lindsey Conroy then bought an old house in Lepena! Lindsey is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and adventurer, but says buying the property in Lepena was one of the most difficult experiences in her life. In the next Land of Dreams we pay Lindsey a visit... Lindsey's music choice: Xavier Rudd - "Follow the Sun": You can listen to the full song here: You can also join us on Facebook


Meet Evan Stough, an American farming in Slovenia

Evan works a piece of land in the Ljubljana Marshes. He's often misunderstood because of his approach to life and farming, as he has no machinery or tractor… He has faced droughts, floods, and even evictions, but Evan is too passionate to stop faming and will always continue planting seeds because it's what makes him alive… The story is a "Land of Dreams" special, created and played at the 2022 Avdiofestival in Ljubljana as part of Rob Rosenthal's traveling workshop. You can also join us on Facebook


Meet Katarzyna Nogolova, a Czech in Slovenia

Katarzyna is a Czech girl️ who initially came to study in Slovenia and found it so nice that she never went back. Today she lives in Maribor, works as a translator, speaks Slovene, is active in the local folklore group, and helps foreign students in Slovenia. Katarzyna loves the food and mix of central European and Balkan cultures in Slovenia. She says being a foreigner is difficult, but that living in Slovenia has made her a more open person. Oh, and did we mention that Slovenians love to sing and dance? Katarzyna's music choice: Big Foot Mama - "Črni tulipan": You can listen to the full song here: You can also join us on Facebook


Meet Ziauddin Ahmed, an Indian in Slovenia

Meet Ziauddin, a chef from India , who thought he was going to England but ended up in Slovenia. After several years of working in a number of hotels and restaurants in Ljubljana, Ahmed eventually decided to open his own place - a small takeaway restaurant serving Indian food. He says Indian food is not only curry, and says his aim is to present the variety of Indian foods and spices. Regarding Slovenian food Ahmed loves štruklji. Ahmed says he always smiles, that Slovenians are friendly, and that you can overcome any obstacle just by breathing... Music used in the interview: traditional music from India, and Anoushka Shankar & Norah Jones – "Traces Of You". You can listen to the full song here: You can also join us on Facebook


Meet Joseph Rakotorahalahy, a Malagasy in Slovenia

Joseph is from Madagascar and has lived in Slovenia since 1977. He says his soul is still very much connected to his home island, which he misses every day. Joseph is an architect, musician, and storyteller, who came to Ljubljana as a young student. He still remembers the time of Yugoslavia and Tito. He says racism was an issue in Yugoslavia, and talks of his frequent visits to primary schools giving presentations about Africa... Joseph's music choice: Malala & Navicula - "Tsy Ho Very". You can listen to the full song here: You can also join us on Facebook


Meet Werner and Nardia, South Africans in Slovenia

Meet the Daltons from South Africa! Werner and Nardia arrived in Slovenia with their son around half a year ago with a wish to call Slovenia their home. They say South Africa is overcrowded and love the size of Ljubljana and its quick access to nature. Nardia has a natural products business, as she makes her own environmentally friendly washing powders and dishwasher tablets. She praises Slovenia's sustainable approaches and excellent tap water quality. Werner says learning Slovene is a challenge but not unsurmountable, and said he thought VSTOP meant no entry and that the stores were closed :) Their music choice: Johnny Clegg & Savuka - "Scatterlings of Africa": You can listen to the full song here: You can also join us on Facebook


Meet the Chernenkos, a Ukrainian family in Slovenia

This week we talk to the Chernenkos, a Ukrainian family living in Slovenia. The Chernenkos have been in Slovenia for two years now but still face challenges. Andrii and Iryna arrived in Slovenia with their son and daughter to offer them a better education and future. However their thoughts are still in Ukraine, worried about the current situation and the safety of their families… We visited them in Bled to talk about their experiences so far and what they feel… Music used in the interview: Pink Floyd - "Us and Them", The White Stripes - "Seven Nation Army", and D'Angelo - "Brown Sugar". You can also join us on Facebook


Meet Ozbay Emrah, a Turk in Slovenia

Slovenia is beautiful and amazing, but some people decide to move on... Ozbay Emrah, originally from Istanbul, Turkey, has lived in Slovenia for around three years. Now he's moving to neighbouring Austria. He lists some of the biggest obstacles: the Slovene language and the inability to find proper work. Nevertheless, Ozbay says he's leaving Slovenia with nice memories. If you want to find out more about his decision, we met with Ozbay on his last day in Maribor… Ozbay's music choice: Tarkan - "Kiss, kiss": You can listen to the full song here: You can also join us on Facebook


Meet Abigail Strate, a Canadian in Slovenia

Today's guest is an Olympic medalist from Canada, living and practicing in Slovenia. Abigail Strate first tried ski jumping when she was six. She's been jumping ever since ;) Abigail spends most of the year in Slovenia, lives in a house near the Planica Nordic Centre, has a Slovenian coach, loves bees, and has Slovenia to thank for her medal. She says she feels at home here and that going to Canada is sometimes more of a culture shock than being in Slovenia :) Abigail's music choice: Billy Joel - "Vienna": You can listen to the full song here: You can also join us on Facebook


Meet Paul, an Englishman, and Abhaya, a Taiwanese, in Slovenia

Paul first came to Slovenia when he was eight years old. Later in life it turned out to be the only country he came back to which was better than his memory of it. Today Paul lives in the village of Ribno near Bled, together with his wife Abhaya, who comes from Taiwan. They love Slovenia's nature, fresh air, rivers and lakes. He says he'd like to see Slovenians be more connected, more vocal in protecting their environment, and lead more fulfilling lives... Their music choice: Jack Johnson - "Banana pancakes": You can listen to the full song here: You can also join us on Facebook


Meet Mehtab Singh, an Indian in Slovenia

There's no escaping destiny, and Mehtab says destiny brought him to Slovenia. Meet Mehtab Singh, originally from Punjab, India, now living in Kranj. Mehtab has a tea shop in Kranj and says Slovenia has made him a complete man. He decided to start a business and start living in Slovenia after first falling in love with the country 14 years ago. He says Slovenians are warm and curious, very intelligent but keep to themselves. Join us as we touch on the differences between India and Slovenia as we walk up to Ljubljana Castle;) Mehtab's music choice: "Suraj Hua Maddham". You can listen to the full song here: You can also join us on Facebook


Meet Patrick Davidson, a Welshman in Slovenia

It's always sunny above the clouds, according to Patrick Davidson, a Welshman living in Slovenia. Patrick loves the mountains and has always been attracted by all things Slavic. After spending some time in Russia he decided to move and buy property in Slovenia. Today he's involved in real estate and construction, has a Slovene wife and family, and coaches rugby. Driving on Bohinj's snow-covered mountain roads in a 20-year-old Land Rover, Patrick says he no longer has the itchy feet he had before, and says he has found his peace in the Slovenian Alps. Patrick's music choice: Vlado Kreslin - "Z Goričkega v Piran". You can listen to the full song here: You can also join us on Facebook


Meet Annisa Queentarina, an Indonesian in Slovenia

Meet Annisa, an Indonesian living in the Slovenia capital Ljubljana. She says living in Ljubljana is both more peaceful and fun than living in Jakarta. She admits that living in Slovenia as a foreigner is not easy, but Annisa says Slovenians have been warm and pleasant and is grateful to live in a country where she can freely express herself. If she could change one thing about Slovenes, she would make them more spontaneous ;) Annisa's music choice: Raisa & Dipha Barus - "My Kind of Crazy". You can listen to the full song here: You can also join us on Facebook


Meet Krishna Ranabhat, a Nepali in Slovenia

Krishna arrived in Slovenia all the way from Nepal. Working as a mountain guide he fell in love with one of his clients, Jasmina from Makole. The young couple then married, settled in Makole and now have a baby daughter. Krishna says he was well received by his parents-in-law and local community. He likes to hike, especially to the nearby Mt Boč, but he hasn't been up to Mt Triglav yet. Krishna's an avid vlogger, plays football for NK Makole, says his future will most likely be in Slovenia, but would like to spend time in Nepal as well. Krishna's music choice: A Nepali follk song - "Resham firiri". You can listen to the full song here: You can also join us on Facebook


Meet Emina Baj, a Kenyan in Slovenia

Emina was born in Africa to a Croatian mother and Kenyan father. In the time of Yugoslavia her parents moved to Slovenia for work, where Emina finished her primary, secondary and university education. Today Emina is an attorney at law, a dancer, a mother…. She is also the founder of an African association in Ljubljana, teaches dance, and helps parents and children experiencing racial discrimination… All that in the latest Land of Dreams! You can also join us on Facebook


Meet Simon Pribac, a Canadian in Slovenia

This week in Land of Dreams meet Simon Pribac. He was born in Slovenia,, but has spent most of his life in Toronto, Canada. His family has been going back and forth between Slovenia and North America since the 1800s… So where's home, Simon? He's currently active with the Canadian-Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and other projects promoting Slovenia in Canada and vice versa. On air today at 11:25am and again on Sunday at 2:30pm!!! Simon's music choice: Theory of a Deadman - "Santa Monica". You can listen to the full song here: You can also join us on Facebook


Meet Jacobus Willem Langenhoven, a South African in Slovenia

Jacobus, better known as Jacoo, came to Slovenia from South Africa without knowing anyone. Not because of love, not by recommendation and without knowing too much about Slovenia. It took just one stop at the train station in Ljubljana to get him thinking about the idea of starting his work in Slovenia. Today Jacoo has his architecture and design company, owns a van, and likes to hike and move around the country. We met up with Jacoo in Bled and touched on the differences in people and culture between South Africa and Slovenia. Jacoo says Slovenia's nature is majestic, and that Slovenians are curious by nature but don't open their doors very quickly;) Jacoo's music choice: Jacob & Taylor - "Go See Africa". You can listen to the full song here: You can also join us on Facebook

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