Hello and welcome! My name is Petra and I am many things, but curious above all.
I come from Slovenia, a tiny 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 enjoy engineering and having a stable life, so I might be just like you. I love spending time in nature, particularly in forests of any kind, but I also love discovering all the secret city spots, sticking my nose into abandoned buildings and visiting a good museum. I get grumpy when I haven’t been fed enough cheese and I walk everywhere – I consider distances up to 3 hours in one direction grudgingly walkable, mainly through pure determination. Did I mention that I’m also unnaturally clumsy, plenty stubborn and of course, erratic?
Travelling independently, both by myself and with others, has changed me in the most unexpected ways and made me realise a lot about myself and people in general. 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 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, if you just go out and explore it.
I want to inspire you to travel – to explore without the pressure to always look perfect for the photos or visit all the right spots, to step out past your doorway with an open mind, a flexible schedule and just let yourself be surprised. The world is out there and it’s incredible!
The Erratic Engineeress blog
Here is how it all began… Erratic Engineeress is primarily a travel blog, but it is also about everything else I do in life and includes my take on things, because having an opinion matters. 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, since this blog is, after all, erratic.
When I’m at home I like to adventure in the kitchen and I’m also a bookworm, which is where my love for the increasingly obsolete art of storytelling comes from. I consider books to be journeys of a different kind and my blog comes with lots of literary quotes to set the mood. They might inspire you to pick up a new book, so come, stay a while, it’s a 2 for 1 deal!
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”J. R. R. Tolkien – The Fellowship of the Ring