E01 – Luka and the Barbarian’s Daughter

Luka is from Slovenia. Not Slovakia. I made this mistake during the interview but Luka was very gracious and didn’t hang up.

Where is the capital of Slovenia?

This season actually has 2 countries that were part of the former Yugoslavia. But as many similarities as there may be, the interviews couldn’t have been more different. I suppose this is mostly since I am interviewing people and not Wikipedia articles. The beauty of this project is the kaleidoscope of life I get to peer through, even for just an hour or so at a time.

Anyways, I did know some about Yugoslavia and the regions history but next to nothing about Slovenia even though I had heard the capital Ljubljana was famous for being a beautiful city.

NOTE: Editing the transcript is a huge task and I am trying to make sure I keep the podcast flowing and not get bogged down. Please bear with.

timestamped notes

3:36 ~ There is literal elephant-loads of information and opinions on the 2008 financial crisis. This one from the New Yorker seemed to me a good entry-level summary of the events and touches on the subsequent Eurozone crises. The editorial also remarks on the effect these issues have had on the present world.

5:01 ~ The author is Astrid Lindgren and the book is Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter (amazon affiliate link). This story has gone around the world and even been adapted into an anime. I kept to Luka’s translation “Barbarian” because I thought it was cooler.

6:45 ~ Global warming has indeed impacted many countries, including Bangladesh as Luka mentions. This article at Science Mag also has some great interviews with people most effected and some very technical explanations of how the rising levels change life on the coast.

8:04 ~ Understanding > Love > Empathy (arrows, not greater thans) I couldn’t have asked for a nicer quote from my first interview and first episode of this project. And there’s nothing I can say to add to it.

…the common thing that should be the most important is love. I mean, there cannot be empathy without love, right?

9:01 ~ I will commonly ask about coffee. Here is a fairly similar recipe with tonnes of pretty pictures and some more background information.

10:27 ~ Castles and dragons!

Predjama Castle in Slovenia
Predjama Castle is actually in a cave!

The baby dragons are olm fish (awesome pictures); in Slovenian they are also called “human fish” but I say they are more like dragons.

10:58 ~

11:22 – Å¡truklji  recipe and a politca recipe . The “pehtran” somehow never got translated during the interview but it is tarragon.

16:13 ~ Most people have a negative knee-jerk response when they hear of a dictator. But as is common in former communist countries, the general public usually have a good opinion of the leader and this seems true for a large part of the former Yugoslavia.

18:05 ~ I found the nicey-nice translation with a bonus cute illustration:

An idiom used in Slovenia


This was my first interview and is now the first episode of the first season of hopefully many more. The fact that a stranger from across the world would give an hour of his time and allow his voice and opinions be broadcast to a large degree outside his control is very humbling and I have tried by best to do good by Luka.

I am happy to share this slice with all, and thank you for visiting the show notes section. I am always looking for interesting guests from around the world; if you’d like to introduce yourself or a friend who would be interested please reach out on any social media or email. It helps me keep motivated to know that people like this kind of podcast, so thank you to all who have recommended it to friends and family.

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