Bela Krajina is a small area of Southeastern Slovenia where Big Berry Lifestyle Camp is located. Bela Krajina is home to many local producers and artisans keeping Slovenian traditions alive. At Big Berry guests have the opportunity to visit these local artisans and really get a feel for the culture of the region. There are so many wonderful places to visit and so little time. I was only at the camp for 4 days short days, and I’m already itching to go back and experience more of this charming region, especially the brewery, which I unfortunately didn’t have time for this trip.
Apparently bee tourism is a real thing and Slovenia is swarming with it. (See what I did there?) Čebelarstvo Veselič in Metlika has been producing honey for 4 generations, so they’ve gotten pretty good at it. With the help of some of the Big Berry interns as translators, the senior beekeeper gave us a very thorough tour of the property and a look at the honey making/harvesting process.
We were taken inside to learn how the honey is extracted from the honey comb, and of course we got to try some fresh honey. Then we got a tour of the grounds, including the bee houses. Obviously, the first thing you notice about Čebelarstvo Veselič is the bees. There are bees buzzing around EVERYWHERE. I know this goes without saying, but it’s a bit unsettling. Turns out, bees are less menacing than they appear, and no one in our group got stung!
After the tour there is a small shop where guests can purchase a variety of fresh honey. If I wasn’t traveling so much I would have brought some home. I was just certain that sometime during my next 11 flights all my clothes would end up covered in broken glass and honey. Normally I would risk it, but since my next stop was Tbex, I figured that was not a great first impression with travel industry professionals.
We ended our tour with a toast and a bit of honey liquor from our guide. He even offered to let me marry one of his 3 sons (sight unseen), and stay there. It’s not the worst offer I’ve received and Bela Krajina is beautiful enough that it might be worth signing on to a lifetime covered in bees.
Here we learned about the traditional dress of the region. “Bela” means white, and and the “Bela” in Bela Krajina actually refers so the white linen worn by the people. We were taken through the process of how the linen was made before modern technology and given a change to tour the farm house to see how people in the region would have lived.
Decorating Pisanice- Colored Eggs
Decorating Easter eggs is common practice in many cultures, but Bela Krajina blows the others out of the water. They use a sharpened tool and melted wax to create mindblowingly intricate designs. These eggs are synonymous with the area and make for a very popular souvenir. I had the opportunity to try my had at it, but I don’t think tourist will purchasing my handy work anytime soon.