Possibly the best way to describe how the Kranjska Gora IMW was, is to explain how I went from “What is that?” to “When is the next one?”
Surprisingly enough, our journey begins at ETH, where I heard from EESTEC, a magical group that travels across Europe for workshops and parties. At my first member meeting, they told some stories about Kranjska Gora: “Dude, you don’t need to understand, you just need to go”. I was skeptical at first, but now I can proudly say, it was one of the best pieces of advice someone ever gave me. A few days later, we were on our way.
Some took the train, others took the bus, either way, everyone had enough supplies (aka food and drinks) to party all the way from Zurich to Ljubljana. We arrived in the morning, met other EESTECers, left our bags and luggage in a house and went for some sightseeing through the city. We started by eating Pizza Burek. (It’s hard to explain what it is, just order one and try not to order a second one. It’s heaven on earth, believe me). Then we went to the castle for a very nice view of the city. Lastly, we went to the food market.
After all that we went to a bus stop, where the four buses (yes a whole four, four big buses) would pick up all the EESTECers (who came from all over Europe) and go to Kranjska Gora. I heard that there were party buses, but it took me a while to understand that properly. You see, I thought that we would go to the party bus, meaning there is a party on the bus. Apparently, it was the other way around: The bus that LC Zurich got is the party bus because WE throw a party there. Arriving in Kranjska Gora, we were split into 2 hostels. After having dinner, the first party started.
The Music and the vibes were just amazing. Since there were EESTECers from literally all of Europe, the music was indeed quite mixed, but it was so good that you could still vibe with it. Some had to sleep for an hour or two to gather enough energy to keep up with the pace of all the others. It was amazing, but the best part came after the party ended. For a long time, I was looking for the perfect afterparty snack, but I’d never guessed that our LC already had the answer for that. We brought not only cheese with us, but all the shebang to make Raclette. And let me tell you, it was just perfect. Way better than any Pizza, Burger, Kebap or Gyro you could ever buy. After the party, after the afterparty and after the afterparty snack it was time for some well-deserved sleep.
The second day started, we had breakfast, we played cards, chilled for a bit, drank some beer and left for the lake. Not even the best picture could describe how beautiful it was there. However, even that beauty was not enough to overcome the trauma I got from swimming in the lake. It was cold enough that at some point you didn’t even feel the cold anymore, simply because you just couldn’t feel anything at all below your waist. To warm up, we had to drink (or at least that was the excuse we came up with). We took some pictures, danced a bit and gathered the energy for the last party.
The second party was even better than the first one since at this point you already know some new people, you can enjoy it more. Some decided to sleep and wake up early to leave the next day, others just partied all the way until check-out.
On the last day, we decided to go to a thermal spa and recover from all the partying. Later on, we left and got on our way back to Zurich. Since everybody was quite sleep deprived, we had no party this time.
Damn, it was nice. I met new people, partied, didn’t sleep, and all essentially non-stop for three days. I went to a new country, visited new places, made good friendships, ate good food… Damn, it was nice. I can’t wait for the next one, it was one of the best weekends I’ve had since starting at ETH.