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- Publisher: Ant Press (February 7, 2020)
- Publication Date: February 7, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0848R8479
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The Sunny Side of the Alps: From Scotland to Slovenia on a Shoestring (Living in Slovenia Book 1) Kindle Edition
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A substantial portion of the attraction that ‘Anywheres’ experience for their itinerant lives depends heavily upon the singularity of a complimentary way of life of the more stable ‘Somewheres’ who welcome them, however briefly the Anywheres choose to remain among them.
Without the customs and the traditions, the sense of place and belonging, the dependability and the comfortable and comforting cohesion of the cohesive Somewheres, the enjoyment that the Anywheres experience would be that much less, perhaps limited only to the accident of topography, climate and language.
In ‘The Sunny Side of the Alps’, Anywheres Roy Clark and his partner Justi exchange the novelty and beauty they had found and enjoyed for several years in the unique and unfashionable way of life in the Scottish Highlands for a different but likewise unusual and unfashionable way of life in the equally mountainous land of Slovenia.
With, on the whole, understanding and a gentle kindness, Roy Clark narrates the Anywheres’ sense of exploratory surprise, frustration and delight as he and his partner and their pet collie explore and experience a part of Europe whose beauty and dignity has only relatively recently been brought to the attention of the West.
After several years in Scotland and a shared passion for hill walking, the couple decide a change is in order. How they came to go to Slovenia is the subject of the first part if the book. The rest concerns their experiences in adapting to this beautiful land of mountains and glorious scenery where Justi is fortunate enough to be offered a teaching post. The book reads easily and contains exactly the right mix of travel, personal memoir, history and culture for me. I loved their sense of adventure and the descriptions of the country they pass through on their travels by bike, car and foot. I also enjoyed the stories of the people they met in their efforts to integrate in their new hkme. and of course there is Bryn, their faithful dog, who is very much part of their story. In fact I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book, and am now looking forward to the second in the series. A lovely memoir altogether!
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Again Thank you Roy for your wonderful memoirs of your time in this fabulous country, please write more can't wait for the next book to come out. Get writing
Looking forward to the next instalment!
written in clear prose. Having lived in the Highlands of Scotland for 30 years but not met the author it gives it an addition resonance
I have just finished reading it and I have to say that I did not want it to end. It is very enjoyable and the style of writing makes it difficult to put down. Highly recommended as a captivating tale in its own right, even if you've never visited the Highlands of Scotland or the Julian Alps (and you should).
Just waiting for the next instalment now!