History and its location demand much from a rebooted Hotel Zlatorog

To be at the very end, neglected, and alone through no fault of your own has to be the ultimate insult to injury when an inadvertent, but preventable, fall from grace has brought about such a sad demise. This though has been the fate of Bohinj's Hotel Zlatorog, once one of the most famous establishments…

Maribor Airport: Sometimes the most obvious solutions are those that are overlooked

It has been a while since I have written anything about Maribor's Edvard Rusjan Airport, for the good reason that there has been little of note to report from Slovenia's secondary landing strip, which has all but ceased operations. Notwithstanding the obvious novel coronavirus-related pause to air travel Maribor's airport cannot actually point to Covid-19…

Obergurgl memories: Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be

Stepping back in time from my previous post, the turn of the millennium is when my relationship with alpine Austria firmly took root. For decades, my family had already established individual connections with the Alps but aside from a visit as a young child to Salzburgerland's St. Wolfgang these experiences were never shared together and…

Catalonia can only look on enviously at Kosovo’s independence and international recognition

A undoubted esprit de corps binds together Catalonia and Kosovo, who, despite the former's break for freedom having isolated itself from the international community and the latter still polarizing opinion since its 2008 secession from Serbia, share a singleness of purpose predicated on unshackling themselves from parents with whom they seemingly have little in common.…