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While many western New Yorkers begin to get homesick for the slower pace of life in the North East, for many Slovenians, life here is anything but slow — even if the pace is, in part, slower than any other part of the country.

Countrywide, the average daily temperature is just 64 degrees — but that is fine by the Slovenian government, which tends to consider high temperature a good thing and low temperature a bad thing. Just 10.5 percent of Slovenians are classified as farmers, compared to 47 percent in Austria. Since they can’t grow snow on their plots, Slovenia lacks one of nature’s staples: natural snow. But there is water, and the best spots for outdoor activities — hiking, horseback riding, skiing — are generally closer to Slovenia’s urban centers. A handful of monasteries have been built up along the Adriatic Sea since the last century to house visiting monks. At the end of August, visitors flock to the monastery in Vrindava, a town on the edge of the Adriatic, to take part in what is known as the “Vrindava Fair.” Starting with a prayer breakfast, there are contests, food, games, and the chance to take a canoe out on the Adriatic. Like other monasteries around the country, it is built to house the monks for two months each year before they all move back to their villages.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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