When you start descending from the Vahta mountain pass (615 meters above sea level) in Gorjanci towards the Kolpa River, you have arrived to Svobodno belokranjsko ozemlje, Unija vinorodnih dežel (Free Bela krajina Territory, the Union of Winegrowing Regions). Already in Jugorje, you will be stopped by customs officers before Gostilna Peter Badovinac (Peter Badovinac’s Inn) and will be asked about passports and „vinojeta“, mandatory documents required to enter the little land of white birches, Metliška črnina, and piglets and lambs on spits. Passengers are also checked, in order not to sneak to Bela krajina anything forbidden, such as: bad mood, a wine not produced in sunny areas of Bela krajina hills, depression, or even political quarrels and discords. They will offer you „karampapuli“, a liquid visa, organise necessary documents, you will be able to exchange euros into bronze, silver or gold „goldinar“, and after a good lunch, you will continue your way to Svobodno belokranjsko ozemlje. „Vinojeta“ will enable you to claim a fifty percent discount at all free-of-charge parking places of Bela krajina, and the passport provides you with numerous benefits in restaurants, campsites, and purchases of wine from Bela krajina winemakers, etc. The list of subjects offering discounts is included in the passport, and the places where you claim benefits are marked by a special sticker of Svobodno belokranjsko ozemlje, Unija vinorodnih dežel. A holder of the passport full of stamps gets a luxurious prize at designated places.
A true driving licence has now been added to the passport of the Free Bela Krajina Territory. You can design one at the Veselič guesthouse in Podzemlje. There, at every visit you make, your “offences” – the euros spent on food and drinks – will be recorded, the amounts will be added up and a discount approved for you for their hospitality services.
Contact: Gostišče Veselič, Podzemelj 17, tel: +386 7 363 72 33 in +386 31 391 517
The FBKT was unilaterally declared by the well-known Bela Krajina resident Toni Gašperič, who democratically declared himself the first president of the FBKT and even conceived his own consulate with consular passports at Jure Pečerič’s inn in Ljubljana, 47 Pod jezom. If you wish, the president of FBKT can welcome you at the time of your visit and tell you a humorous story at the Jugorje customs office.
The FBKT also established a Ministry of Foaming in Semič, where you can foam against anything and anyone to your heart’s content. Without a guilty conscience or any sort of punishment. The Ministry of Foaming is headquartered in the cellar of sparkling wine producer Ivan Simonič.
At house number 18a in Veliki Nerajec, Ms Vera Vardjan, a woman who survived a lightning strike, runs the House of Conception, a modernised his, a wood house such as those in which, in the past, newlyweds used to spend the nights until an offspring was conceived. The his will be available for rent for as many nights as it takes for the goal to be achieved.
Contact: 07/305 74 28, 031/705 519