Ljubljana (or: Our Night In A Slovenian Prison)

Trip Start Mar 08, 2008
Trip End Sep 06, 2008

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

We took a train on Monday morning from Vienna to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.  The train itself was not as nice as the one in Prague and it was way more expensive, but you couldn't beat the scenery.  We passed through picture-perfect meadows with cows grazing, castles on hillside tops, quaint little towns with names we would never be able to pronounce. 

When we arrived at Ljubljana it was a beautiful, sunny day.  It seems like we need to be on a train in order to get sunshine.  All the streets were filled with outdoor cafes, bars, and restaurants where people were sitting around and having beer, coffee, or ice cream with friends.  There's a river running right through the center of town and a castle on the top of the mountain that you can see from anywhere in the city.  There are beautiful buildings everywhere that are kind of like Prague, but then there's cool, artsy graffiti over the walls that give it a little more edge.  Overall, Connie thought it was an abolustely charming city  with lots of character.

The people are interesting as well.  They're a little bit more punk with colorful hair styles and lots of piercings.  They wear a lot of black and the kids all look like those emo kids you see in LA.  If we opened a Hot Topic out here, we'd be rich.  We call it the Land of Desirees because all the girls look like Jeremy's niece, Desiree.

We stayed in the Hostel Celica, which was highly recommended in our travel book.  It's an old prison that has been renovated into this artsy, hip hostel.  We stayed in a private "cell" which was awesome.  The pictures don't do it justice, but each room is an old prison cell that's been decorated into unique hotel rooms. 

We ate dinner at this awesome little Slovenian restaurant that looked exactly like you'd picture a local Slovenian restaurant to look like--small, cozy, candle lit, with exposed brick and a low, sloping ceiling.  On a side note, I miss my REI towel and lotion, which I left behind in London.   :(  But on a happy note, at least I haven't left behind my passport or husband anywhere! 

We went to sleep last night hoping the good weather would last.  We woke up this morning to tons of snow!  It's been pouring down all day, which totally changes the landscape, although still beautiful.  We're now off to see the Castle.  Next stop: the Slovenian Caves. 

PS: Some of you might be thinking we're spending too much time blogging and not enough time enjoying our surroundings.  But our surroundings are freaking cold!  So when we need to thaw out a little, we go to an internet cafe to warm up.  
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david_chung on

holy unpronounceable locales, batman!
Which caves did you guys go to?
Did you get a chance to see lakes Bled and Bohijn?

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