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Shaped by our Environment

I have never had to fight for my freedom, independence and peace. This absence has shaped who I am, just as this fight has shaped Slovenians. I sit here on the banks of the Ljubljana River which dissects the capital Ljubljana in the sunshine under the trees wondering about our sameness and difference. I sense self confidence and pride in the people. There is gentleness, a softness here yet strength. I feel there is more sameness which makes me feel so comfortable. This city has been planned and replanned to make life comfortable and people-friendly. It has become pedestrianised in the last ten years. It's a green city. I hear birds in the trees above and music from the buildings nearby. Relief from traffic relieves stress. The pace of life feels slow. I am a tourist yes, but I try and absorb the atmosphere of the greater city. I am so affected by my environment. I am happy here. Travelling is like being in the washing machine of environments. Everywhere I am a little of that attaches itself to me. Healthy attitudes to their environment, a sense of humour, love of music. No wonder I am happy in Slovenia.  

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