This years gypsy trip started in Bovec. We arrived there quite late so we didn’t make much progress the first day, but we did find a nice quiet beach on wich we set our camp for the first night. Since it was an opening to our trip we decided to celebrate it a bit (too much). In the middle of the night at one side of the valley the clouds started dancing with each other and created lightnings and thunder and overwhelming view. We only hoped that it wasn’t directed towards us but oh it was. It hit us within minutes just in time to get to safety where we softly fell asleep.
Next day it was the hot sun that woke us up. We took time for breakfast and morning swim in cold Soča river. After packing things up we started walking and we did over 15 kilometers on Alpe Adria Trail but at the last stop we took a wrong turn and lost a lot of time and more important water so we had no chance but to take a bus to Kobarid where we set up a camp in some swamp type field. In the evening we went to the town to one of the oldest pizza places in Slovenia.
On the third day it was the sun that woke us up yet again. The horrible air in the tent and the frogs and all the others loud animals didn’t help. So we quickly packed up our things and marched on to the town where we left our backpacks and we had a quick tour on World War One memorial statue Kostnica from wich we continued a path to Kozjak waterfall. After sightseeing we started making progress and in mid day we reached Tolmin. We finally took a
shower in Soča river and afterwards when we un-freezed ourself we chilled on the beach for a while enjoying the sunset and the progress that we did that day.
It was not the sun that woke us up this morning it was the sound of rain. Heavy rain kept us closed in our tent for the better part of the day but as soon as we could we continued our journey to Most na Soči where we aboared on a train towards Kanal. A nice village full of culture gave us a warm welcome with cold beer and wine.
We woke up, had a cup of coffee and kept on going. Southern of Kanal there is a factory Anhavo that we passed by but a few kilometers later we met an old horse keeper that used to work there. He kindly offered us a glass of wine.
3 hours later we continued our trip semi drunk. But we did get to Nova Gorica which was our destination.
One of the three companions gave us a sad news. He decided to give up the trip due to his blisters and university related problems. After lunch we said farewell and marched on towards Šempeter. As we lost one member we gained one more. It was Luidgi the shoping cart and he didn’t mind caring our luggage. We made it to the train station from where we rode to Štanjel. An old medieval castle town was a real eye treat in which we spent most of the day exploring the colture and bottoms of wine glasses. It was in the evening that we started walking towards Dutovlje where we set up a camp in the middle of the wineyard.
Cars, trucks and tractors were our alarm clock that morning. After coffee we made our way to Sežana. There we made a new plan about the trip. We decide to go on a Bazovanian road which crosses a border with Italy. We arrived in Ba sovizza town and as soon as we wanted to go on towards Slovenia we realized that the road was not friendly on foot. So we hiked on alternative way which lead us uphill and well soon enough the road stopped and the view unfolded. We were above Trieste and more important we finally saw the seaside and to make things even
more glorious the sun was going down and the sunset colours were reflecting in the sea. We set up a tent right there close to the edge. In the middle of the night we discovered that that idea wasn’t really the best due strong winds from coast lines. We grabed our tent and relocate it in more bushy place where we had a good night sleep..
In the morning we changed our course once again. Instead going to Slovenia we went down hill to Trieste where we did some sight seeing You are not really in Italy until you eat proper It alian pizza which was really good. Since we were full and the sun was high and hot we decide to t ake a different type of transport to Slovenian coast line. We bought tickets for a ship which dropped us in Piran where the GypsyTrip ended.
It was such an amazing experience to travel these 180 km of which 150km was on foot. The sun was hot, the backpacks were heavy, shoulders wer e sore, our clothes were smelly but the memories are precious..