Water is the predominant element of our trip so far. We have visited (and mostly bathed in) wonderful lakes: Klöntalersee (CH), Pragser Wildsee (I), Toblachersee (I), Wörthersee (A), and drove by many more. And now, we camp right at the border of the Soča river in Slovenia.
The Soča has a special energy – and a unique clear blue colour. It springs in the Triglav National Park, crosses over to Italy and flows into the Adriatic Sea later on. In Italy, the Soča is called Isonzo. The twelve „Isonzo battles“ in World War One are named after the river where they took place. It is hard to imagine that this wonderful place formed the scenery of such a dark and sad historical chapter.
The Soča is as cold as it is blue. This does not stop Marian and the kids from jumping into it. Especially Marian has made a habit out of taking a dip into the coldest water. It may have been me who attended a Wim Hof workshop in March 2018, laying down into the ice cold Aare for a minute or two. By now, it is him who practices the breathing and immersing into cold water (cold means below 10 degrees). Why would you do this? Because it strengthens your immune system, clears your mind and gives you a great feeling – right afterwards!