Yesterday I attended two different interesting events that were more or less meant for young people, fresh (or not so fresh) job-seekers with wish to learn more, to be active and to gain new experiences.
First event was called P.R.A.V.I. and it was supported by many different Slovenian companies (or Slovenian branches of international companies), including IBM Slovenia, National Geographic Slovenia, Kompas MTS, Adecco and others. This was more like a workshop that was held in modern office space of IBM in Kristalna Palača, Ljubljana. We were divided in groups and every group worked on a project for a different company – I was in group of Kompas MTS and we had a mission to find new ideas and develop a bit like a marketing plan for new daily tourist packages. We gathered some very interesting ideas, but too bad there wasn’t enough time to make our vision more clear and specific.
I admit, I really liked working in that team, because all the people were so positive, full of ideas and simply nice to be around. I guess that’s what happens when you put more enthusiastic and career oriented people in the same room, or around the same table. Well I was in charge of “public presentation” of our project – it seems like they noticed I’m the most hyped and talkative person in our group. Honestly, I was in such good mood that I had to control myself not to talk too much. Haha!
Well yeah, this was quite nice and interesting experience. I realized that obviously I’m very good at working in a team, even leading a team and that I am actually very good at brainstorming. I’m thinking how to use this “newly discovered” skills in the future, but I’m sure opportunity will show itself when the time is right. =)
Anyway, after this event I went to some lecture in centre of Ljubljana, where some guy explained few things about co-working – or to be more specific, about new available space in the city, where people can rent a table or office, meet new innovative and creative people, share knowledge etc.. He said that they are building even a small photo studio (mostly for product photography) and that there is even a 3D printer that you can use. Maybe I don’t need these services at the moment, but I think it’s good to know about this option, because you never know when it can be useful.
Now just for some better presentation here are some photos from the event P.R.A.V.I. and I think this is one of very rear times, when I’m not the author of the photos in the blog post. Author is Istok Lenarčič (lenarcic.eu), that was kind enough to give me permission to use these photos here. =)
Me – having a presentation of our project
There was food and drinks! =D
Yes, we were at IBM offices
I don’t know how to translate this title in English. It’s simply a field, an area in Slovenia. Honestly, it doesn’t really matter. The point is that sometimes this field gets flooded and this time it happened again. And since we were in the area we also visited ruins of Boštanj castle (Weissenstein in German), just to satisfy my passion for architecture. =)
So let the photos speak (because at the moment I don’t really know what else to write). =D
Flooded road at Radensko polje
View from Kopanj
View from Kopanj
Entrance of Boštanj castle in winter
(a bit out of focus photo, whoops)
Window at Boštanj castle
Windows at Boštanj castle
We are having a bit like an ice age here in Slovenia. I must say that I’m really happy our town and area around didn’t get the worst scenario, but many places did. For few days they say there were about 10% of slovenian households without electricity, many still don’t have it after five days! Some cities and villages are really like in ice age – so much ice everywhere, so many trees falling down, so much damage and general danger for everyone. Even our ZOO got in some trouble (this is actually quite funny) – two lynxs escaped and killed their neighbour chamois (like a mountain goat).
Anyway, at least around my home the situation got from a bit frozen to melting and I just went out to take some photos and see how much damage there is. Honestly, I can’t believe there is only few broken branches on the ground! We were so lucky! So here are some photos of our ice age coming to an end – hopefully in other parts of Slovenia as well!
Small frozen branches
More frozen hazel
“Crossing on your own responsibility” – fits even better now…
Frozen above the river
Fallen trees on a path
We had the warmest January in history (or at least since we measure temperature here in Slovenia) and some plants already started to bloom, but here we go, winter arrived a bit late… It’s not as cold as it usually is in winter, but we had some snow few days ago, and now we have this icy rain we call “žled” and everything is just freezing! Cars are frozen all over, you usually can’t even unlock them, all the trees are covered with ice, streets are slippery… It’s crazy!
Most of our country is just covered with snow at the moment, but the worst problem is that trees are just falling down and at some places they say every few seconds new tree falls, sometimes on the streets, cars, on electic power lines… That’s why many roads are closed, because they just can’t remove all the trees so fast and also it is dangerous, because trees could fall on cars or people. And in many towns and villages they are without electricity, because of such large damage on power lines.
Where I live, we are quite lucky, we only had an electic black-out for about one hour last night, and not many trees are broken, though we still have a lot of ice. I would go out and take some more photos of this weird weather but… but… but… I just hate this weather! =D And it’s raining… I’m full of excuses, so yeah, probably I’ll just stick to these three photos I did last night. Maybe, just maybe I’ll take my camera and take some more photos, but don’t count on it too much… =D