Employ Your Self!

Latvia. A land still shrouded in a veil of mystery. It is a quite unknown, and often overlooked baltic country, with typical problems of a post-socialist transition into a capitalist economic system. They show mostly as poverty and unemployment/change of the market. Moreover, because of then russophilic politics, the people there are also pestered by a divide between the local Latvian and Russian populations. In spite of the problems, the country is going through a cultural rebirth. More and more people are more and more openly expressing and creating their ideas, more and more people are creating their own business opportunities, more and more people are uncovering their own lives’ power, and love.

As such, it is no big surprise that the youth exchange ‘Employ YourSelf’, that we participated in in Latvia as the Slovenian group, touched the topics of personal developement, developement and realisation of personal ideas, and creating your own business/employment.

The exchange was happening between 6. and 14. 8. 2017 on two locations. We spent most of our time at a wonderful guest house in the village Suntaži and at the of the exchange we visited the capital Riga for a couple of days. The participants came from six European countries; Latvia, Lithuania, Greece, Italy, Poland and Slovenia. The project was organised and carried out largely by a young Latvian creator Rihards Aninš, because of his own interest in the addressed topics. His supporting organisation was ‘Baltic Regional Fund’, and the Slovenian partner of the project was ‘Zavod Bob’.

In the Slovenian team, we took part in the exchange with a clear goal; to use the offered space for creating the foundation for our project – mind, body and soul therapy centre. Purpose? The realisation of our dreams.

Even though we experienced some inconveniences (long journey, broken foot,…), for us the exchange was mostly a positive experience. During the workshops we have clearly outlined who we are, what is important to us, what are our skills, what we wish to share, what to learn and experience. We were learning how to develop our own brand and got to know some basics about the use of Facebook for marketing purposes. We worked with the business model – canvas and our presented our project from different perspectives to the group.

In Riga we visited the alternative cultural centre, which resembles Ljubljana’s ‘Metelkova’. There we had a presentation of the centre, how it started out, and how is it currently operating. We also got to know the youth centre BamBus, where we finished the official part of the project with YouthPasses.

On top of that, we were also hanging out with each other and having fun. In the countryside we were next to a small lake, and could use kayaks. There were also a football and basketball fields. Some of us spent our free time for our own activites; energy therapies, massages, acro yoga, writing,…

At the exchange, we managed to ground our project, and give it a name – ‘The Original Intention’. Maybe even more importantly, we managed to establish some intercultural ties, friendships and cooperation. We are very glad to have experienced this, and would like to sincerely thank everyone involved in the implementation of the project!

Latvija. Dežela, ki je še vedno zavita v tančico skrivnosti. Precej nepoznana in dostikrat spregledana baltska država, kjer se ukvarjajo s tipičnimi težavami post-socialističnega prehoda v kapitalistični gospodarski sistem. To sta predvsem revščina in brezposelnost/sprememba trga. Poleg tega pa jih zaradi rusoljubne politike pesti še razdvoj med latvijskim in ruskim lokalnim prebivalstvom. Kljub temu pa se tudi tam dogaja kulturni preporod. Vse več ljudi čedalje bolj odkrito izraža in ustvarja svoje ideje, vse več ljudi ustvarja svoje poslovne priložnosti, vse več ljudi odkriva svojo življensko moč in ljubezen.

V pričo temu tudi ni čudno, da se je mladinska izmenjava ‘Employ YourSelf’, ki smo se je v Latviji udeležili tudi s slovensko skupino, dotaknila tematik osebnega razvoja, razvoja in uresničevanja lastnih idej ter izgradnji svojega posla/zaposlitve.

Izmenjava je potekala od 6. 8. do 14. 8. 2017 na dveh lokacijah. Večino časa smo preživeli na čudoviti počitniški domačiji v vasi Suntaži, ob koncu izmenjave pa smo za nekaj dni obiskali tudi njihovo prestolnico Rigo. Udeleženci smo bili iz šestih evropskih držav; Latvije, Litve, Grčije, Italije, Poljske in Slovenije. Projekt je organiziral mlad latvijski ustvarjalec Rihards Aninš, zaradi lastnega zanimanja za obravnavane teme. Na pomoč mu je priskočila organizacija ‘Baltic Regional Fund’, slovenski partner projekta pa je Zavod Bob.

Na izmenjavo smo v slovenski skupini odšli z jasno zstavljenim ciljem; da ponujeni prostor uporabimo za izgradnjo temeljev našega projekta – center za terapijo telesa, uma in duše. Namen? Uresničitev naših sanj!

Določenim nevšečnostim navkljub (dolgo potovanje, zlom noge,…), je bila izmenjava za nas predvsem pozitivna izkušnja. Na delavnicah smo jasno začrtali kdo smo, kaj nam je pomembno, kaj je naša sposobnost, kaj želimo deliti ter kaj se naučiti in kaj izkusiti. Učili smo se izdelave lastne znamke (brand) in izvedeli nekaj osnov o uporabi Facebook-a za namene oglaševanja. Delali smo s poslovnim modelom – kanvas in svoj projekt večkrat predstavili skupini – z različnih vidikov.

V Rigi smo obiskali alternativno kulturno središče, ki spominja na ljubljansko Metelkovo, kjer so nam predstavili sam nastanek prostora in kako trenutno deluje. Spoznali smo tudi mladinski center BamBus, kjer smo z YouthPass-i tudi zaključili uradni del projekta.

Poleg tega nam tudi ni manjkalo zabave in druženja. Na podeželju smo imeli na voljo manjše jezero, kajake, nogometno in košarkarsko igrišče,… Nekaj pa nas je prosti čas izkoristilo tudi za izvajanje naših dejavnosti; energetske terapije, masaže, akro joga, pisanje,…

Na izmenjavi nam je uspelo prizemljiti naš projekt in mu nadeti ime – ‘The Original Intention’. Mogoče še pomembneje kot to, nam je uspelo vpostaviti medkulturne stike, prijateljstva in sodelovanje. Zelo smo veseli te izkušnje in se iskreno zahvaljujemo vsem vpletenim v delovanje tega projekta!


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from far, and from near!

Welcome to heaven
and welcome to hell!

Stay for a while
then go, and be well!


Like our body, each one of our ideas and wishes has to go through
the process of creation, before it emerges as a new business, book, movie, song, etc.

An artist, a creator, eager to share his work must start somewhere. Almost always those beginnings are humble, and pale in comparison with that person’s (later) fully realised creative potential.

Like a child
that grows and evolves until he/she grows up, we evolve and develop our ideas.
When we develop an idea to the point, where we can start realizing it,
we start searching for ways to realize and perfect our visions
in the world around us.

The same as a child in our wide world, our vision can die or get corrupted,
if we don’t take proper care of it or don’t put enough effort into getting it through.

Those beginnings are often hard, painful, and full of uncertainties. They also shape, and perfect the person into the beautiful masterpiece they are meant to be.

This blog is just one of such stories in life.


With the help of this blog
I would like to share,
and experience my being

With everyone wandering
through this site
either by mistake
or on purpose

Behind the Mask

About me… What about me?
Isn’t that the person… I mean purpose, of this blog?
To share my stories, and everything…
There are a few details I probably won’t include in my other writings,
and them I can clarify here.


Anyway, I am the Guy (Gaj) from an awesome, beautiful, little, messed up place commonly known as Slovenia.

My life is pretty much random, unpredictable, as is my appearance, and sometimes the way I act, and express myself.

I have been, and still am, moving around a lot – the pleasures, and pains of being able to call many places your home. The only stability in my life comes from within me – such as it is.

All the time I am meeting new people, and slowly losing contact with the old. Not really on purpose, it just becomes too much after a while.

I see my life as a mess of many different stuffs, and my world as a place of lingering confusion, and perpetuating mystery.

Above all else, I consider myself a person, and a writer ~ a creator.

Any reason you want to contact me for – go for it.

Lepa Gesta – What is it?

Lepa gesta inspiring creators in Punkt!
Lepa gesta inspiring creators in Punkt, Trbovlje!

Welcome to a dream. Welcome to my dream. Welcome to the community of creators who care, love, and act. Welcome to the community of creators gathered around the idea, and act of lepa gesta (goodwill gesture), and each other.

Together we are developing a project aimed at gently reshaping the ways we interact with each other, the ways we work together, and the ways in which we deal with issues. In short – we aim to create and shape our own community.

Many questions arise at this point. What? How? Why? Where? Who?

Each person has their own answers to these questions. Most of us just want our opinions to be heard and to be given a chance to matter. A lot of people even want to act and co-create with each other, just having the chance to express themselves creatively. And why not do this in a way we can all better our material well being, as well as share in great, new enlightening experiences, while shaping our community according to our measures.

We are facing a major challenge here. How can we include and engage everyone in the practical discussions about these questions? How can we connect these individual creators, and their personal interpretations of lepa gesta into a network of creators, working together, and effectively creating a new community around them? How can we spread the lepa gesta approach to life, and create an open, acceptive, and flexible community? Most of all, how can we first help ourselves, and then each other to make our dreams first a possibility, and then a reality?

The journey to discovery is often slow and painful, and in many cases also a necessity. We are moving into the territory largely unknown to modern man, since our traditions, upbringing, and education quite often instill in us the notion of needing to be an adjustable, fitting part for the giant machine that is society, because it changes for no man.

That is why we have decided to keep it simple. As simple as humanly possible. With community being our aim, that is also our starting point. In this initial development phase, we are reaching, and exploring local (and broader) communities that already exist around us and we are a part of. It is to spread the word, or the idea, to feel out the interests of the people already more actively involved in their communities, and to discuss and cooperate on issues affecting us all.

Truth be told, we are often unsure of the changes we will bring about together. It is nearly impossible to see through a wall, even if it is but an illusion. But we see that as no reason to stop, and since this project grows out of our mutual love of life, we can be certain that whatever the outcome, it will bring about something wonderful for everyone willing to open up to it.

Kolkata, on the Road

Good morning kids and readers. Good morning teachers and dreamers.

Welcome to our journeys through India. At least through a small part of this diverse land. Together we will be exploring West Bengal. In particular its capital region, Kolkata and its suburbs.

Kolkata S Central

Each, and every one of us that has ever been outside their hometown (/village/city/cave?) is aware that in order to travel, we need at least some kind of infrastructure, and transport. Whether it’s walking or hover crafting, we need the means to move. And that is where we shall begin our journey.

Sealdah train station

By European standards, India is considered a developing country. Since we usually take into account only material development, this also applies to Indian infrastructure. To an average European the infrastructure here would appear obsolete, chaotic, and sadly lacking.

THE Bridge

Nevertheless, it is just one of the unique characteristics of this diverse land. Even though the whole way of life here may be pretty overwhelming and confusing to an European (being used to order, a LOT of space, and technological perfection), the locals have developed their own sense of how to travel, and move in crowds that would leave our infrastructure planners bitting the dirt under their feet.


First of all, the traffic here is ruled by apparent anarchy. That is, to unknowing foreigners like me. In reality there are a lot of silent rules, passed down through the cultural environment. But if you keep your eyes open on the streets, observe a bit how people move, and have at least a decent guide, it can all become pretty simple and clear quite fast.

on the bus

There are a few such rules – or rather traditions – that help you move around as an uncivilised outlander. The most important thing – people walk, and drive anywhere, and everywhere there’s space. No waiting, it’s first come, first serve. The only recognised signal is honking. I’m starting my car, honk, I’m turning left, honk, I’m behind you, honk, I’m passing you, honk, you honk, I honk. After a while on a main road, it is honk honk honk honk honk honk honk honk honk. No reason to get intimidated or annoyed though, it is just a form of communication.

on the road

As a remnant from the British occupation of India, the people here also move on the left side of the road. Mostly. It is still up to you to find your own space.  There are also almost no traffic lights, and even so, only about one in ten is actually working. If you want to cross the road, you have to make an opening – but never jump in front of a moving car, they won’t stop!


In crowds, touching and gentle pushing is common place. There is no personal space in the city or on public transport and if you’re here, you better get used to it, or you’re never getting anywhere. Everybody is walking at their own pace, and if you want to get ahead, you just gently nudge the people out of the way. If you get used to it, it actually becomes quite awesome, because you almost never have to stop. For anyone.


There is another thing that is good to know about roads and traffic in Kolkata. There is traffic police literally on every corner, and every street in the city. They don’t do much, except occasionally direct the traffic on more crowded streets – by Indian standards. Even there they usually just look for openings to help the drivers, and sometimes pedestrians to get through a particularly difficult crossroad.

police bridge box

The infrastructure here is majorly undeveloped, but even so there are many more transport options available here than in any European capital. In Kolkata you can travel by train, metro, busses, taxis, auto-rikshas, bicycle rikshas, hand rikshas, or even tram.

the tram

For rich, and unadventurous visitors the most obvious choice would be the taxi. There’s a ton of them, they’re cheap (compared to Europe), and the cars are straight from the sixties. It’s also the most comfortable way to explore Kolkata. The price starts at 25 Rs and up to 300-400, if you don’t leave the city, or circle around for a while. Just roll down your window, take some pictures, and enjoy.

haters hatin

Rikshas are the Asian version of a taxi. In Kolkata you’ve got three different kinds. Auto-riksha is the motorised one, and is basically just a smaller (and a more fun!) version of a taxi. It’s on three wheels, partially covered, with three seats in the back, and one in front, besides the driver. It’s about a third the cost of the taxi.


Then there’s also the bicycle, and hand rikshas. The first is a miniature chariot pulled by a bike, and the second by a walking/running man. They are even cheaper – and also look the part.

bike riksha

One of the cheapest – and most confusing – ways to travel through Kolkata is by bus. There’s tons of them, some with AC, some without, and of course with different prices. The difference is 5 Rs. And it’s almost impossible for an outlander like me to figure out what bus is going where. They all look the same. The only recognisable difference I’ve seen so far is the colour and how trashed does the bus itself look. I wouldn’t recommend them for beginners without a local guide you can trust.

da bus

My all time favourite in India is the train. Trains like this went out of service in our part of the world at least 50 years ago and wouldn’t satisfy even half the safety, and comfort standards we have now. That is why they’re awesome. They’re almost completely metal, with doors open for the entire ride. You can hang through the door, and feel the wind on your face. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a long trip on an overly crowded train. They also have separate wagons for women, but it’s not a rule for them to be there. When they travel with a man at least.

i like trains

The pride of Kolkata’s public transport is the ‘newly’ built single metro line. It covers the city centre, and runs down south to New Garia. The construction was started in 1984, and every few years they add another stop to the line. Even though the wagons themselves look little better than the train, it is still a recent, and an unfinished project. The best part? Magnet coins used for tickets! Just be careful you don’t lose it, or you’re not leaving the metro station!

enter metro

There is much more to getting around in Kolkata, but I’ll leave the rest up to you, if you ever decide to visit. It is constantly changing anyway, so get to it and explore!


Imagine a land far away. So far away that all our concepts about life begin to disintegrate. Our concepts of time, culture, religion, work, society, hygiene, politics, economy, nature, sustainability, poverty, and life itself. In a single point, the very concepts that define who we are, and how we interact with and within life. If you’re open to it, you might just reach it one day.

Finally, touchdown!

Imagine a land so far away that you have to travel back in our own time to reach it. Does it seem difficult? Well, allow me to welcome you to West Bengal, India. Welcome to the land where the old and traditional met, and crashed head on into the modernity that has been and still is being so powerfully enforced on the world as a whole.

Pialia train station

As the epicentre of this technological, scientific, and anti-cultural revolution, we Europeans are forced to bear a great pain of loss of our own identity as human beings inhabiting one of the most plentiful, and beautiful corners of the planet Earth. We forgot what it means to truly live of the land, what it means to be truly connected to each other through our own culture, how to use instead of abuse our environment, and most importantly what it means to truly live as yourself.

Pialia train station 2

We have, as a given, a giant boon of resources, and material wealth at our disposal. Even the poorest in our societies have access to internet, and facilities that we consider as basic – electricity, sanitaries, and even running (drinking!) water. On the other hand, we (for the most part) have no idea what it means to truly loose yourself in a giant boiling pot of everything, and being forced to bite, and claw our way out to find that sense of who we are again. Mostly due to the innate social security that our societies have forced on themselves. Almost no matter what we do, we will never fall into real poverty, and the motivation of struggle for survival has all but disappeared from our parts of the world.

Pialia farmland

It may not seem like much, but we Europeans now suffer greatly at a personal level, because of the mistakes we made in the past, and still seem hellbent on making. We rather publicly attribute the mistakes we made, and still seem hellbent on making, to what we now politely call the developing world. And as a punishment, we are imposing our own principles, and concepts of life on the peoples, and cultures of those developing regions. Which outnumber us by far.

Kolkata traffic

This agonising pain, that stems from the loss of our own selves, has been shaping our lives for a long time. This does not apply to everyone, but for the most part it has been passed down to our parents, and in turn, our parents have passed it down to us. And it seems that no matter where we go, this pain always seems to catch up with us sooner or later.

Homeless. Almost.

Most of us have been so deeply influenced by it, that we (sometimes unknowingly) pass it on to others. As if there would be no better way to live. But quietly, we are just seeking recognition, that the mistakes we (and our parents) have been making for hundreds of years were something else entirely. We choose to blindly follow the teachings that our societies pass on to us, and we do not rest until everyone else falls down so far, and hard that they blindly accept, and follow our own teachings.

Kolkata bank & policeIn this sense, Indian culture is one of the most interesting ones in the world. It is a place mired in tradition, and its own ways, as it has been for millennia, while it is also slowly absorbing our own, inherently imperialistic cultures.

Shop on the Go

It is one of the rare jewels of the world, where not much can move, but everything can change. It is a place of extreme poverty, and riches. It is a place where people live of the land, and know how not to waste, and use every material at their disposal on one hand, and a place of extreme pollution on the other. A place where gods are many, and they are one. A place of religion, and technology. A place of community, and division. It is a place where the middle ages have survived through centuries of social, and technological advances, and are still strongly holding on.

Bridge Business

This is the land of unlimited imagination, if only you have the eyes to see. Here, a person, no matter their origins, can as easily open their heart, and conquer themselves, as well as drown in an unending sea of confusion, struggles and challenges.

Rabbit & turtle

Which one will You choose to be?

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