About me

At Nimis, Sweden.

Hello and welcome! My name is Petra and I am many things, but curious above all.

I come from Slovenia, a small chicken-shaped European country, and I still believe in dragons and goodness. I’m a mechanical engineer by choice and a passionate traveller by nature, so I’m constantly looking to explore new ideas and places.

I don’t travel full-time and nor would I ever want to, because I like engineering and having a stable life, so I might be just like you. I love spending time in nature, discovering all the secret city spots and sticking my nose into abandoned buildings.

When I’m not being a tourist I like to adventure in my kitchen, invent new recipes and recreate tastes from my travels. I get grumpy when I haven’t been fed enough cheese or green tea and I walk everywhere – I consider distances up to 3 hours in one direction totally walkable, but often end up begrudging myself for it. Did I mention that I’m also unnaturally clumsy, stubbornly opinionated and of course, erratic?

My blog Erratic Engineeress started out as a travel blog, but it is now also about food and everything else I like to do in life, as it is erratic, after all. Independent travelling has changed me in the most unexpected ways over the years and made me realise a lot about myself and others, so I wanted to share that with you. Couchsurfing, occasional hitchhiking and chance meetings during my solo travels have taught me that it’s good to trust a stranger now and again and that intellectual cynicism should always be tempered with positivity.

As my experiences have been overwhelmingly positive, it has become my goal to restore a bit of our collective faith in humanity through my travel stories: I’m here to show you that the world is not the dark, scary place we so often see on the news, but rather full of adventures and human kindness, and encourage you to travel too. I want to inspire you to explore more, whether in a faraway place or close to home, to step past your doorway with an open mind and a flexible schedule, and just let yourself be surprised. The world is out there and it’s incredible!

You’ll find honest travel stories about all the amazing people I’ve met and the crazy things I’ve done, my photo travel guides and travel tips to help you plan your trips, as well as my non-travel projects and writings of all sorts (sustainability, engineering, geek stuff, cooking inspiration, history and folklore…). I also do think pieces and real talk, because caring and having an opinion matters.

Last but not least, I’m a huge bookworm, which is where my love for the increasingly obsolete art of storytelling comes from, so you’ll find book recommendations and lots of literary quotes too. Settle in, come read, be ready to learn something new and get inspired!

If you would like to know more about me, you’re welcome to check out the More about me section or feel free to contact me and connect with me through my social media. 🙂 Also, subscribe below to get updates of my new posts!

“Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.”

J. K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone