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Having never been to Slovenia before, I had the wrong mental image of what it would be like… I had it in the Romania and Transylvania category, and I was kind of expecting it to be dark and creepy.

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Not at all. It was very Italian feeling, and had some really nice parts. We stayed up at Rogla, which is basically a big skiing and resort complex on top of a big hill (mountain, if you’re from the East), home to the Petra Majdic Ski Center, alpine hills, and some other attractions. We were living in what they call “bungalovi”, or little condos, and had views decent views:

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The alpine skiing was really quite tame, and the area seemed to cater to kids and family skiing. I have never seen so many t-bars in my life. Erik reaching for one on an evening run:

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Rogla is a annual World Cup stop, and the venue is pretty sweet. It was a little strange though, to have the post-race athlete recovery area in a construction-zone inside one of the new buildings:

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Down in the lowlands, there was some incredibly beautiful scenery. We drove through a lot of quaint little villages, a mix of old and new buildings, and agriculture and industry. There was some really beautiful countryside:

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Erik got all excited when we stopped at this one gas station, because he thought maybe he could buy some new rap CDs:

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We also got to check out this awesome castle, built high up on these sheer cliffs that  tower above a beautiful lake. IT was an incredibly warm day, and we had fun exploring the ancient fort and all of its walls and perches:

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While the lake down below seemed really inviting, considering the heat:

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We are now in northern Italy, getting ready for this weekend’s OPA Cup Finals. It’s going to be a three day mini-tour, and the competition will probably be the stiffest yet. However, the US has a large crew of pretty fast skiers here, so everyone is excited to throw down and see how we can do!

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Thanks for reading!

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