Lake Bohinj, Slovenia – At the End of the World

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Bohinj, Slovenia

Some things are too apt to be random – the restaurant radio singing ‘Heaven is a place on earth’  beside this crystal clear lake within a sprinkle of villages in eastern Gorenjska, Slovenia. The radio gods and their uncanny ways. I would’ve sung along but hunger had me attacking my 6 EUR lunch instead.

Lake Bohinj, Gorenjska, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

At the elegant restaurant Pod Skalco, meaning ‘under the rock’. The rock being that tall-dark-handsome glacial boulder standing there with the sole agenda of making everything else seem miniature.

Bohinj, Slovenia

Bohinjsko Jezero to the locals, Lake Bohinj was formed by glacial snowmelt and is Slovenia’s largest permanent lake. The Julian Alps on three sides of the emerald-turquoise waters make for views that at once humble and elevate. The kind of place where imagination goes for a refreshing swim and hope goes to refuel. An old Bohinj legend goes that it holds enough water to fill a bucket, if the bucket is large enough.

Gorenjska, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Really large…

Church, Bohinj, SloveniaA 10th century Gothic church (Church of Sveti Janez Krstnik) taking a customary dip

Legend has it…

Once upon the beginning of time, when the creator was distributing land among the people, he forgot about one group of people who were standing around silently awaiting their turn. Not demanding like the others. Moved by their humility and patience, he gifted them the most ethereal land of all. The land he had set aside for his own retirement. Hence the name Bohinj, Boh meaning God. The guide on the boat enacted this tale with all the conviction of a true Slovene. Looking around, it didn’t seem far-fetched at all.

Boat ride, Bohinj, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

A 10 EUR boat ride to the ‘End of the World’

Bohinj, boat ride, Slovenia, Triglav National ParkUkanc, Triglav National Park, Bohinj, Slovenia

At Ukanc, meaning ‘the end of the world’ in Slovene, because the locals once believed this was the furthest anyone could ever get, there being a huge wall of mountains all around that no one could cross over. Of course everyone knows better now, but there’s still that innocence in the air. Untouched by the centuries, for now and hopefully forever. In any case, there’s something highly reassuring about a park bench with that view at ‘the end of the world’. Have a seat  🙂

Bohinj sunset, Slovenia, Triglav National Park

Flitting between realms, it perhaps never intended to have a real, tangible existence within our walls of time and space. But at some point accidentally spilled into reality as we know it and decided to stay on for the weather.

Bohinj, ducks at dusk, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Ducks plaiting the water. Some here for the rush, some glad to stop and stare. If you’re a nature person, you will surrender at first sight and if you’re not, that will change.

Lake Bohinj, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Lake Bohinj trees, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

The earth says much to those who listen – Rumi

Looking back on Lake Bohinj

Some places dig a trench in your spirit with the raw power of nature and make themselves a home there. One that quietly awaits your knock. Where you leave the dust of disbelief and doubt at the door, and a warm nostalgia wraps you in her embrace the second you walk in. Where you don’t have to search long before the views jump out and grab you, real as rain. As if the miles mean nothing and not a moment has passed since you stood there in the flesh, awestruck as ever. Memories made a shade more touchable with every reliving. Until you realize they’ve been hiding all along in the back of your eyelids, waiting to ambush you into that gratitude-drenched awe again. Anytime you forget that heaven is, indeed, a place on earth.

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4 Responses

  1. Lovely read Namita. Thank you for making me travel in nature with your lovely narration. Keep writing !

  2. Great article Namita. I liked your well-articulated writing. Also, the photos are nice and inviting. I also wanna travel to Slovenia now.

    • demo asd says:

      So great to hear that Angelia! And thank you for the kind words 🙂 I hope you plan a trip to Slovenia soon and let me know all about it! I definitely plan to visit the country again soon

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