Interview with our Croatia and Slovenia Guide January 17th, 2019 • by Katya d'Angelo Irena hails from the southern islands of Croatia and currently lives in Slovenia. A passionate and curious traveler, she has been exploring remote regions in Asia and southeast Europe for the last 15 years. Irena knows every small corner of the Balkan region, is an outdoor and adventure enthusiast, and for as long as she can remember has spent part of each year hiking, rock climbing, and participating in summer and winter sports in the Julian Alps. With a degree in cultural studies, a passion for exploring, and her friendly nature, Irena makes the ideal traveling companion to either country. It’s clear that she truly enjoys guiding and sharing this area of the world with travelers. What first got you interested in a career in tourism?As a young girl, I read many books by Alma Karlin, a Slovenian traveler, writer, and poet. She inspired me for traveling, exploring, and anthropology. I always liked to travel, explore new places, and meet new people, so I’m happy I managed to find a way where I was able to combine everything into my work. What makes Croatia so special? The rich history and culture, one of the most beautiful sea shores, good weather, amazing food and wine, Mediterranean laid back culture…what else could one wish for! What’s your favorite thing to teach/show travelers about your country? Definitely the people and their culture, their habits and way of living. I take an anthropological aspect and approach. What has been your favorite adventure journey outside of Croatia? Bicycling in Southeast Asia. Where would you like to go that you haven’t explored yet? Greenland! What do you enjoy most about guiding? Meeting new people and hearing new life stories and experiences. What’s the most challenging part of guiding? Arranging the perfect weather each day. Do you have a personal motto that you try to live by?Do things that make you happy!