I want to recognize all of my good friends from this experience with photos of them. Then, after leaving Dom Kavka I went on to Ljubljana for an invited lecture at the National Institute of Education, Republic of Slovenia, on debate across the curriculum. I was very well received and teacher training workshops are being planned for the fall.
MY FRIENDS and sorry I did not get pictures of you all (in no particular order)
Anja and Ursa
Beti and Samo
Bojana and Primoz
Luka, Marko and Ina
Mateja, Ivana, Zlata and Urshka
Tanja and Simon
Zlata and Tanja
ON TO LJUBLJANA AND THE DEBATE ACROSS THE CURRICULUM LECTURE
Impressive setting, attentive audience, excellent results
They smiled and laughed at my jokes
Tuna lectures in poor lighting
THE ART COLONY SQUATTERS HAVE ESTABLISHED AT THE OLD ARMY BASE
Right in the center of Ljubljana there was an old Yugoslavian army base, complete with prison and interrogration areas. The city wanted toi tear it down, but squatters occupied it and started an art colony. Some years later the city and the artists have come to an agreement as the artists transform the base into a new focus and set up art studios, living quarters, a night club, and a youth hostel there. Bojana's son, Bine, is a gifted artist working there. She took me there to see their work and the old army base. I liked it.
Bine and Tina's future studio
Bine and Tina's award-winning mural
Base prison turned into a youth hostel
BINE'S WORK AT THE ART COLONY
Bojana and Bine
Bine and Tina's wall of fish
Tina paints another fish wall
From the deeps...
AND THEN IT WAS OVER...
A quick dinner, and then early the next morning a drive to venice, followed by a flight to London Gatwick, followed by a shuttle bus to London Heathrow, followed by a flight to JFK NYC, followed by a flight to Burlington, Vermont bringing me home at about midnight, though it was 6 AM to me. To sleep, back to my office tomorrow to get back to work, but always with a eye out for my next adventure.
Special thanks to ZIP Slovenia and its director, Bojana Skrt, for making my trip possible. I am sure we will work together again.
Try saying this! (Who says Slovenia is hard to pronounce!)