Slavica Kochovska recently wrote a letter to update us about her life in Nova Gorica:
I teach on Mondays and Wednesdays and attend Slovenian classes for three hours every week. The rest of the time I try to work on the dissertation. Last week was pretty hectic because I had to attend Zeljko Boskovic’s seminars (he gave a series of lectures here) and I also gave a talk at a conference on syntax and phonology organized here at the university.
I’m still learning things, but overall, I think I’m doing pretty well. I can definitely find my way around town and can even tell people where to go and how to find things; for e.g. I was one of the local guides at the conference last week, both for Nova Gorica and Gorizia in Italy. I’ve been couple of times to Ljubljana, the capital, and now know how the bus/train system works — the local bus is free. I’ve explored Nova Gorica and I’ve been to several of the villages up in the mountains around it (there are mountains everywhere). The landscapes are breathtakingly beautiful, on both the Slovenian and the Italian side. I also went to Venice while my brother was here and loved it. People here bike everywhere — they actually have bike lanes in the streets –, so I’ve started as well. It’s a lot of fun and very convenient, though I still prefer to walk whenever possible, to the great amusement of all my friends here — their motto being, why walk when you can bike. The lifestyle is completely different: very relaxed and leisurely. People really know how to enjoy themselves. The food/wine is great and everyone grows their own fruit/vegetables. We are very close to the Adriatic sea, so there are lots of vineyards. Nova Gorica is a very nice place and I enjoy it a lot. Pictures soon!