I looked up from scrolling about Google Maps’ coverage of Eastern Slovenia and said, “Really, there’s a town called, ‘Ptuj’?” “I mean, in Roman times, it was Poetovium, but yeah, Ptuj, why?” “Because it’s sounds like, “ptooey” like how they write when people spit in cartoons.” “Oh yeah, that’s right. Funny. But, yeah, Ptuj.” I’d had this conversation with my cousin something like 15 years ago when I stayed with his family. They live in Slovenska Bistrica which is about 25km west of Ptuj so it’s a town he knows […]

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