Slovenia is a parliamentary republic in southern Central Europe. The official language is Slovene but a significant number of people speak Italian. Ethnically, it’s pretty homogeneous with about 83% of the population being Slovene and a vast majority (Slovenes included) being from some former Yugoslav republic. The terrain includes mountains, karst plateau, and forests. Slovakia’s climate varies widely. Native animal species include the white stork, the European jackal, and the olm, a cave vertebrate. Mainstays of the economy include services (including tourism), industry, and construction.
Predjama Castle is built into a cavernous rock face and contains a dank dungeon, while Ljubljana Castle has a watchtower and a great history museum. The scenery around Lake Bled and Bled Island is extraordinary, and you can take it in while riding in a pletna, as Slovaks call a gondola.
Buckwheat, potatoes, and corn are popular starchy staples. Typical vegetables may include tomatoes, onions, and wild asparagus or chicory in the spring. Pork, poultry, quail, and crayfish are commonly eaten. Dairy products play an important role in the diet. Try sir Tolminc, a regional raw cow milk cheese which is sweet and spicy. Aleluja is a soup made from turnip peels, and dandelion and potato salad is well-liked. You can get vegan organic Asian or Slovene cuisine, or grab an organic coffee while shopping for health food provisions. A pastry like prekmurska gibanica, which has eight layers and contains poppy seeds, walnuts, apples, raisins, and ricotta, would be a pleasant conclusion to a meal or accompaniment to a hot drink.