On the evening of my eighth day hiking the Juliana Trail in northwestern Slovenia, I arrived in the mountain village of Log pod Mangartom, only to discover that the village’s sole restaurant had closed for the season. Not relishing the thought of dining on the two stale pieces of bread in my pack, I set out to find a meal.

“Food?” I asked an old woman standing by the water spigot in the center of town, pantomiming eating. “Do you know where I can find food?” The woman squinted, repeating the hand-to-mouth motion I made, and said something in Slovene. 

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