The View from Mala Osojnica


Lake Bled, Slovenia – April 2011

There are two paths that lead to the Mala Osojnica viewpoint. I take the longer, less marked trail, intending to make a loop.  It’s not yet high season, and the tourist hoards are nowhere to be seen. In fact, I am totally alone. I’ll be able to savor the magnificent view in relative tranquility.

When I step out to the viewpoint, a young man emerges from the other trail. When he sees me, his face hardens. He hurries over to the bench and sits in the middle of it. He crosses his arms and glares down at the beauty below. He is the winner. King of the hill.

I have just as much right to be here as he does, I remind myself. I can go and sit down, right next to him if he won’t move over. But of course I won’t do that, and he knows it.

I step forward and take some photos, pausing to feast my eyes on the fairy tale panorama, burning the vision deep into my memory. How lucky I am to be able to see this.

An annoyed sigh breaks my reverie.  I am not obscuring his view, so it seems that he finds my mere presence upsetting. I snap a few more photos, and then turn to meet his scowl with a big smile. “Enjoy the view.” The smile stays with me as I descend. He may have triumphed, but somehow I know that I’m the one who truly feels rewarded.

23 thoughts on “The View from Mala Osojnica

      • It certainly has a dreamlike appeal. It reminds me of a tiny island in Glacier Nat’l Park… except your island has a human presence. Here’s some advice for dealing with nasty, selfish people: carry a cane. You’ll never have to hit anyone with it, but, since I’ve been leaning on one, people have been more polite to me. Why, that brutish young man might have offered you his bench if you’d had one. Love your work. Love your prose. I’m publishing a new wordpress.com story in December. I hope you enjoy it even half as much as I enjoy your work.

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    • Haha. Yep what a torture for him. If I ‘d been in a feistier mood, I would have sat down next to him. But whatever. Thanks for taking the time to drop by. I enjoyed my visit to your blog and your blog header is adorable.

  2. Wonderful – so surrealistic.
    This little island looks like a toy.
    What a poor closed young man – be glad about your sovereignty 🙂
    Have a nice weekend,
    Ulli

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