Loob-lee-yana - It's Easy
Trip Start Apr 17, 2001
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Ljubljana - pronounced loob - lee - yana
After almost 14 hours of train travel we knew that the cab drivers of Ljubljana would be lying in wait. It was 10 p.m. and we were tired. I showed the friendly English-understanding cab driver our hotel on the map. "No problem." He said. "I know this hotel very well."
All the way to the hotel, I kept one eye on the meter and the other on the street signs to make sure he wasn't taking us on a joy ride. When we stopped, the fare was 950 SIT (Slovenian currency)
"What is going on sir? When you stopped the car, the meter read 950 SIT", I said.
The driver smiled at me like a newborn, his English comprehension skills gone, as he pointed to the 1820 on the meter.
"I'm not paying 1820." I said.
Ellen took over and tried conversing with the driver using Slovak, which is somewhat close to Slovenian. Ellen found out that because I had put my backpack in the trunk and then taken it out - all by myself, the fare had been almost doubled. She managed to get the fare, down to 1200 SIT.
"Balls, I'm not paying a SIT more than 950." I said.
I threw the 950 his way and with a wave of the hand said "No more sir. That's it"
He made reference in Slavic to someone's mother and the female genitalia, and then angrily sped off.
And speaking of genitalia: We had a two hour layover in Vienna on our way to Ljubljana