Gone A.W.O.L – to Slovenia

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awolI will find myself in Slovenia over the next week, with my wife Isabel and a group of ten South African travel and business journalists we have invited to first-hand explore this delightful country with the aim of boosting tourism and trade between South Africa and Slovenia.

Blog posting will be slow (and totally absent on some days) while I am on the road. The normal blogging service will be resumed on my return to Cape Town on September 12.

However, I will be “tweeting” regularly throughout my trip. For those not familiar with the concept, a Twitter feed has been added to the sidebar of Investment Postcards where I post short comments (maximum 140 characters) on topical market issues, and also on my personal whereabouts. You can also “follow me” direct on Twitter by clicking here.

For those not familiar with Slovenia, the country has been dubbed many things – “Europe in Miniature”, “The Sunny Side of the Alps”, “The Green Piece of Europe” – and they’re all true. It is a compact country, around half the size of Switzerland, and is situated between Austria (280 km from Salzburg and 370 km from Vienna), Croatia (135 km from Zagreb), Hungary (440 km from Budapest) and Italy (220 km from Venice and 470 km from Milan), in the very centre of Europe.

Although it is a small country of only 20 273 km2, it is very diverse with areas of outstanding natural beauty ranging from rugged Alpine mountains to tranquil lakes to fairytale forests to valleys with lush vineyards and even a stretch of beautiful coastline on the Adriatic. The country’s “wooded” area amounts to 63% of the total, making it a clear leader in this category among all European countries (even beating Sweden).

Add a historic capital like Ljubljana with unsurpassed architecture, museums and numerous cafes along the river banks and you indeed have a cross-section of Europe. Moreover, all this can be experienced in a single day – after all, it only takes three to four hours to drive across the entire country.

Now for braving 13 hours at airports and on airplanes flying from Cape Town to Johannesburg, then on to Frankfurt, and finally to Ljubljana. Meanwhile, I have posted a few pictures below to give you a feel for my surroundings over the next few days …

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Blogging – taking a break while visiting Europe

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I am traveling in Europe – Switzerland and Slovenia – at the moment, exploring business opportunities and gathering a feel for the economic climate in Western and Central Europe. (I also have a more official relationship with Slovenia as I represent this picture-pretty country diplomatically in South Africa – as Honorary Consul. Click here for the Consulate website and some amazing photographs.)

The downside is that blog posting will be slow (and totally absent on some days) for most of the time while I am on the road. The normal blogging service will be resumed on my return to Cape Town on October 16.

However, I will be “tweeting” regularly throughout my trip, posting short comments (maximum 140 characters) on topical market issues, and also on my personal whereabouts. You can “follow me” on Twitter by clicking here. You may also consider joining me as a friend on Facebook.

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I’m back …

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I have just returned from a very successful visit to Slovenia – a country of only about 20 273 km² and 2 million people located in the heart of central Europe. I will share some thoughts about this hidden “jewel” of Europe in a few days’ time, but suffice to say for the moment that this was one of my most successful overseas trips ever.

My normal Sunday “Words from the Wise” review will be back next week, but in the meantime I have put together a few posts I thought may be of interest to readers.

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Prieur du Plessis in the spotlight

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I have just been interviewed by a South African financial magazine, FinWeek. The result is published below and tells you a bit more about the person behind the Investment Postcards blog.

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Veteran investment professional – and chairman of the Plexus group of companies – Prieur du Plessis could be considered a workaholic. He’s probably not, making time for other activities. But that’s the impression you get. For example, he has no problem agreeing to a 7am interview. “I’m an early riser. It’s already late in the day for me,” he quips as he shrugs off the apology for the early morning call.

Du Plessis is well known in the industry through prolific writing on investment matters and more recently his international investment blog: Investment Postcards from Cape Town. He also pioneered a number of unit trust performance rankings.

But the latest development in his extensive career is being appointed Honorary Consul of Slovenia for South Africa. Diplomacy seems far removed from running what’s essentially a specialist investment group, but Du Plessis says it’s not that different from what he does at Plexus: finding and making strategic partnerships overseas.

Click here for the full article.

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Let’s meet up – in Slovenia

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I will be in Slovenia next week as I am taking a group of South African business people on a fact-finding mission to this uber-beautiful country. I am leading the delegation in my capacity as Honorary Consul of Slovenia for South Africa. (Click here for the Consulate’s website, including photographs of some of the most beautiful spots in the world.)

If you happen to be in Ljubljana on Monday, September 7, let’s get together at a special day the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and JAPTI have organized to facilitate interaction between our delegation and Slovenian business people. Numbers are filling up quickly, so please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in joining us. You can reach me via the “Contact” button in the top-right hand corner of the Investment Postcards site.

Blog posting will be slow (and totally absent on some days) while I am on the road and “Words from the Wise” will take a break for the next two Sundays (September 6 and 13). The normal blogging service will be resumed on my return to Cape Town on September 14.

However, I will be “tweeting” regularly throughout my trip. A Twitter feed has been added to the sidebar of Investment Postcards where I post short comments (maximum 140 characters) on topical market issues, and also on my personal whereabouts. You can also “follow me” direct on Twitter by clicking here.

For those not familiar with Slovenia, the country has been dubbed many things – “Europe in Miniature”, “The Sunny Side of the Alps”, “The Green Piece of Europe” – and they’re all true. It is a compact country, around half the size of Switzerland, and is situated between Austria (280 km from Salzburg and 370 km from Vienna), Croatia (135 km from Zagreb), Hungary (440 km from Budapest) and Italy (220 km from Venice and 470 km from Milan), in the very centre of Europe.

Although it is a small country of only 20 273 km2, it is very diverse with areas of outstanding natural beauty ranging from rugged Alpine mountains to tranquil lakes to fairytale forests to valleys with lush vineyards and even a stretch of beautiful coastline on the Adriatic. The country’s “wooded” area amounts to 63% of the total, making it a clear leader in this category among all European countries (even beating Sweden).

Add a historic capital like Ljubljana with unsurpassed architecture, museums and numerous cafés along the river banks and you have a cross-section of Europe indeed. Moreover, all this can be experienced in a single day – after all, it only takes three to four hours to drive across the entire country.

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Catching up with fellow market aficionados

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I will be visiting Ljubljana (Slovenia), Prague (Czech Republic) and Geneva (Switzerland) during the course of this week. If you happen to be in these areas and want to discuss money-making opportunities and share a cup of coffee (or glass of wine), please contact me. There are still a few gaps on the itinerary for those wishing to share some ideas on global financial markets, Central and Eastern European real estate, financial blogging or the breeding habits of fish in the Adriatic Sea.

Kin Hubbard said: “It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.” Is traveling and meeting up with friends perhaps what it is all about?

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