Tjraveljing to Ljubljana - When in Doubt, add J's.

Trip Start Apr 12, 2008
Trip End Jun 18, 2008

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Flag of Slovenia  , Ljubljana,
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

<Brian's brief chronological list of "highlights" (and of whinging)>
- Caught train to Ljubljana... took about 6 hrs in the end.
- Saw the Dragon Bridge (dragons are Ljubljana's mascot) and the Ljubljana Castle (via a funicular)... neither of much excitement really.
- There were 3 euro horse burgers for sale, but had already eaten... maybe next time.
<Lang's Extended Version>
Unbeknownst to us, today was a public holiday in Austria - some religious holiday we had no idea about but only found out when another couple from New Zealand told us at the bus stop.
So after waiting about 20 minutes, a bus finally came to take us back to the central train station, as we were heading to Ljubljana (loo-be-yan-na or as Brian pronounces it loo-ju-bee-jan-na) in Slovenia this morning..
At the station, none of the departure details had Ljubljana written on it, so we had to double check with a few people and got talking to 2 older couples from Sydney who were heading to Bled for a couple of days.. They were wonderful and very funny to talk to, so the 4 hour trip to Bled flew by very quickly.
However, it was another 2 hours before we finally reached our destination as we had an hour delay on the train. So with our packs strapped on, we went in search of our hostel that I'd book for the night. From the outside, the place looked run down and kinda scary, however, when we checked in, our room was nicely renovated and we even had an ensuite bathroom.. A luxury we haven't had since the start of the trip!
As we really only had an afternoon here and it was already almost 3pm when we checked in, we went out to check out the town and also to search for linner as we hadn't had any food since breakfast.
We ended up walking around the old town - yes, it seems that almost everyplace in Europe so far has an 'old town', and then going to a place recommended by the girl in the tourist info centre. Brian said he was hungry enough to eat a horse, and mind you, there was foal on the menu, but in the end, he chose a curry chicken with gnocchi, while I had pasta with shrimp.
After our bellies were full, we decided to head to the Castle which overlooks the city. The view from the top seemed much the same as Innsbruck or Florence with the characteristic red roofs and a river that runs through the middle. 
One thing I noticed about Ljubljana was that the general population here seemed more hip and younger that the other cities we'd been to. There was a thriving café scene along the river and most people are friendly, even if you don't speak any Slovene..
After the castle, we headed to Dragon Bridge. The dragons are a symbol of the city and it was said that it came from the story of Jason and the Argonauts, while they were making their journey to the Adriatic Sea. Jason came across the monster and slew it.
We walked back to the old town again for a bit more architectural sightseeing, and also to see if we could find a supermarket. We eventually found a small one at the basement of a department store and stocked up on a few things before heading back to the hostel and ended up chatting for a little while from a Melbournian girl on her very first overseas trip.
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