Welcome to Slovenia
In 2013 we resumed our trip after returning home for a few weeks due to my father’s sickness and passing. We were meeting up with Clyde and Anna in the north of Greece to spend 5 weeks together traveling through Turkey. After leaving Holland it took us 4 days to drive the long journey south. While we were driving Jenny though she could smell diesel fumes but put it down to the many trucks that were on the motorways. Taking a break in Maribor, Slovenia we parked at a large shopping complex to get some supplies. When we got out of the car the smell of diesel was strong and looking under the car we could see a puddle of diesel on the ground and dripping from the engine compartment. “Oh shit” I thought. We took our Samsung tablet into the shopping centre to see if we could access internet and find the closest garage but there was none to be found. We asked at the local Telco office where the staff were very helpful and found a garage for us and even printed out a map for us to follow. We grabbed a few essentials from the supermarket and set out for the garage. After parking up on the vacant block across the road I asked at the desk if someone had time to look at our problem. The manager told us to drive in and within 10 minutes there was a mechanic looking under our bonnet. Another ten minutes elapsed and the mechanic told us that the problem was fixed. I was amazed and asked what the problem was, he said “something was loose” and he showed me what is was for future reference. When I asked the manager how much all he said was “welcome to Slovenia” no charge. I gave them both an Aussie hat and we were on the road again. Thanks to the Telco workers at the shopping centre and the garage workers for their time and generosity. The problem did reoccur once more in Turkey but a simple turn with a spanner fixed it for good.