The best of world on a budget of €15 a day…
(Day Nine, Soca Valley)
Knowing I had an expensive few days with a Venetian day trip and a rendezvous with the infamous cash-hoover that is Oktoberfest coming up, I figured the only option was to increase the budget by having a few extremely cheap days, or perhaps even working so I can bank up a few days budget. Finding temp work in cities takes up too much time if you’re only there for a few days, but I’m now a convert to the concept of Wwoofing. For those not in the know, Wwoofing actually stands for Willing Workers On Organic Farms and you can find more information here. This is the German site (The Deutsch love this concept) but each country has it’s own Wwoofing portal, so work out where you’d like to Wwoof and go from there. The concept varies slightly depending on how organic the farm you end up working on is – but essentially involves travelling to a farm for a certain period of time (many specify a minimum of a week) and helping out in exchange for board and learning the processes. You get exposed to new practices, and you’re often living in the country which means you get exposed to a new lifestyle, a new culture and gives you a few days to recoup a little from the road, too.
My Wwoofing was a little different from many of the opportunities listed on the websites, in that I already knew Ben from a previously holiday to his amazing B&B in the Soca Valley. Also as he runs a B&B instead of a fully-fledged organic farm, collecting firewood, washing dishes and helping prep breakfast were more the kind of tasks on my daily to-do list, instead of milking a cow by hand. Suits me just fine thanks!
Better yet, the place is BEAUTIFUL and only 5 mins walk from the train station, so it’s easy and I left feeling like the human I was when I started this trip: refreshed and significantly less tired!!! Ben is open to Wwoofers, get in touch via his website if you’re interested.
However, if you get the chance, I would come here as a paying guest. It’s a steal at 70 euros for two people for a night, including breakfast, and he cooks epic home are meals in the evenings for a little bit more, too. You’re right next to Lake Bled and not far from beautiful Ljubljana, so I’d definitely recommend stealing away for a weekend to Klavze 28 when you’re not fifteenadaying.
This has seriously been one of the best parts of the trip so far. AND TO TOP IT, I left Ben’s with just more than 50 euro of banked up funds, sore muscles from running in the mountains, a jar of his amazing wild garlic pesto and stacks of energy. I miss you, Ben!!