South East Europe: One-on-One With Vesna Klemenčič of Visit Ljubljana
Q: What are you most proud of in your business and private lives?
I am proud of being part of the duo, working for the Convention Bureau of Ljubljana together with Tatjana Radovič, promoting Ljubljana as a congress destination. Ljubljana is an amazing little city and once you know it, you can’t but fall in love with it. For me to be able to work at the Ljubljana CVB helps me gather experiences from different fields, from the Meetings Industry to governmental offices, European institutions and NGOs. The network of colleagues I have around the world includes some amazing people, inspiring leaders and true friends. I use every opportunity to learn from examples, and I am sincerely proud to keep my integrity throughout and follow my heart.
Q: Life wisdom/motto?
Expect the unexpected.
Q: Where are you going to spend this year’s holiday?
Premantura with Kamenjak at the tip of the Istrian Peninsula is a must. It has a special energy and although the beautiful nature attracts many people, there are still many secret hidden spots. That’s where I find my “zen”.
Q: What was your favourite vacation?
One month of solo travelling through Portugal, from kayaking on the river Douro to tasting Port wine at the river banks of Porto town and having the famous “bacalhau” in Faro… It was one of the best travels so far.
Q: Where would you go if there were no time and financial constraints?
Where wouldn’t I?
Q: What is your favourite indoor/outdoor activity?
I am a certified yoga teacher, which is a counterbalance to my job, and together with a friend who is a ballet dancer we run classes which are a fusion of yoga and dance. During the class time stops, the body merges with the music and the mind just flies.
Q: What is your favourite dish and restaurant (anywhere in the world)?
One of the best restaurants could be the market place in Barcelona. The variety of seafood, made in the most simple way, is finger-licking. But my favourite restaurant is in fact in Slovenia:Hiša Franko where Ana Roš is in my opinion the queen master chef of slow food.
Yet, my greatest wish is to visit the Tickets restaurant in Barcelona owned by the master of molecular kitchen, Ferran Adrià. The tables there are reserved six months in advance.
Q: What is your favourite gadget?
Q: Which song do you play most often on your iPod?
iPods are sweet, but I prefer the old school music coming from vinyl. From Ella Fitzgerald to the Doors, Bob Marley, Maceo Parker…
Q: Which part of the day and of the week is your favourite?
Saturday morning jogging with my dog to Ljubljana's small hill, ‘Rožnik’, before a coffee at one of Ljubljana's riverbank cafés and shopping for fresh local groceries at the Ljubljana Central Market.
Q: What is your favourite mode of transport?
I am a proud owner of a beige Holland bike, the best mode of transport in Ljubljana.
Q: If you could return to the past or hurry to the future, how old would you like to be?
It would be to the first grade with the mind of today. Seeing my teacher’s face when answering her questions would make my day.
Q: If you could witness any event in history which one would you choose?
I would attend the Martin Luther King’s speech, or dance at the Woodstock, sit with Rosa Parks in the first row of the bus, or attend the fall of the Berlin wall; yet I believe we are being witness to major shifts right now, as in world economy and politics, as in human consciousness, and it makes me excited to be part of it.
Q: What was the best party you have attended?
Open deck party in a stormy night boat ride from Venice to Piran on the “Prince of Venice” boat.