The symbol of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is the dragon.

I was excited to receive these chocolates with these dragons emblazoned.

It’s been years since I have been to Slovenia. Originally I was planning to emigrate to Slovenia, not Slovakia. It’s kind of a ‘happy’ accident that I ended up in Slovakia.

Some of my best memories are connected to Slovenia. Such as one of the best teachers I have ever had, romantic adventures, a beautiful language. Slovenia is also a country that takes literature very seriously. This is very different in Slovakia. I almost never meet Slovaks who read Slovak novels. I don’t find this too strange as I stopped reading Belgian novels many years ago. Except for comic books and books by Belgian psychologist Paul Verhaeghe I almost never read any Belgian or Dutch books. Why do I mention Belgian and Dutch books together? Because I would say that my native country is a fusion of Belgium and The Netherlands.

Anyway, a charming gift that brought back many memories.

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