Some days, I get up eager for Slovenia.
My obsession is considerably odd, seeing as I by no means had any explicit ambition to go to Slovenia. When I discovered myself there, as a part of a piece mission, I knew barely something concerning the nation and got here and went inside a span of lower than 24 hours.
However, man, did that 24 hours make an impression. I rented a automotive on the Ljubljana airport and drove over pointy inexperienced mountians into the Soča Valley. Tiny historic villages clung to steep hillsides, outdated stone and luxurious grass and tiny purple and yellow flowers overlaying every little thing. I needed to preserve pulling over to gape in marvel on the outrageous countryside.
At my first glimpse of the Soča river, I laughed in delight. Referred to as “the emerald river,” it’s a startling blue/inexperienced colour, like nothing I’d ever seen earlier than. Slovenia was just like the alpine fairyland of my childhood creativeness, and I had by no means even been conscious of its existence, outdoors of realizing the nation’s identify and approximate location.
I drove again over these mountains the subsequent morning, stuffed with unhappiness that my time there was so quick. I’ll return at some point. It’s a place I like.
With these sorts of experiences in thoughts, The New York Occasions Journey staff reaches out to writers and editors yearly and asks them for locations that could be included within the annual 52 Places to Go bundle, our most formidable checklist of must-see locations.
However everyone knows it could be a merciless joke to launch 52 Locations to Go in 2021 this coming January, since journey is unlikely — and downright unattainable — for many readers.
So as an alternative, the bundle will likely be quickly rebranded as 52 Locations We Love, and moderately than ask the standard group of insiders to make these alternatives, the Journey part is popping to readers. In its call for submissions (and sure, it’s best to take part), the Journey staff writes:
Whereas we will’t know what lies forward, we will nonetheless share the locations we’ve cherished, and proceed to encourage curiosity, open-mindedness and awe for the broader world.
That’s why we’re turning to you for subsequent 12 months’s checklist, which we’re calling 52 Locations We Love.
We would like 52 love letters to journey, all penned and photographed by you, our readers world wide, every about one place on the planet that’s particular to you. It may be a well-liked vacationer vacation spot, or a spot that’s largely missed. You would possibly encourage another person to go there at some point, or to rethink their assumptions, or to spark their inquisitiveness a few new piece of the world — all of the empowering issues that journey brings to our lives.
Is there someplace on the planet you’re feeling the best way I do about Slovenia? In that case, they might love to listen to from you. Do you’re feeling captivated with someplace in Australia? Final 12 months there was just one Australian location that made the reduce (the Kimberley area), so it could be good to see some sturdy Aussie illustration on 2021’s checklist — each when it comes to submissions and areas.
And now for the week’s tales: