Europe is such a tiny continent, in an afternoon we drove through 3 countries on a bus to reach our destination – the Slovenian capital – Ljubljana is another example. A short 2-hour trip by train saw us arrive in this beautiful city.
We wandered into our hostel, Hostel Celica, where we were delighted to learn that it was its birthday and there would be a party to celebrate, more on that later. The hostel was an interesting destination – formerly a prison from previous years, converted into the coolest hostel in the city.
After dropping our bags we decided to explore some of the city – wandering over the dragon bridge and along the river to find some lunch, unbeknownst to us we stumbled into the only tapas bar that didn’t serve much food, it was unfortunately also the first city where we experienced bad weather.
After retreating back to our hostel to avoid the rain we started to enjoy the party, free wine tasting and little stalls of food that were set up so something of a private party that we managed to sneak an invite. We enjoyed a great night of mingling, meeting new people and generally having a little fun. With a reasonable crowd from the hostel, and a few of the staff we headed out to a little reggae bar right around the corner to dance the night away.
The next day we met up with our buddy Nacho – a friend of ours from the infamous Tallinn pub crawls. It is always great to travel with people and friends – especially those you meet along the way. This particular morning however we were caught in the middle of a particularly wild storm and had to hustle to arrange a few umbrellas – literally the only ones that we could find were some very stylish leopard and zebra print, also the cheapest – I struggled a little to understand how print is cheaper than plain black, alas I digress.
Together we wandered around the city on a walking tour – taking in the great sights that are there to be seen. We crossed the Dragon bridge, hearing the stories and the mythology around the bridge, and the supposed hero of the city who slayed the dragon and had the bridge named in honour of this feat with 12 dragon statues placed on the bridge.
We also walked through the city which is probably one of the smallest that we have visited on our trip so far, walking through the market place, over the triple bridge and learning about the significant parts of the of the city that were designed by ‘the father of Ljubljana’ Plečnik. We walked through the congress square and the triple bridge both designed by Plečnik. We spent the afternoon walking around the old city and up to the fortress overlooking the town, we were treated to a beautiful view of the amazing city that is Ljubljana.
We saw out the evening with a few drinks at our hostel, getting to meet and know some of the friendly staff. We shared travel stories – and adventures and really got to know some great people. With a few of our friends we wandered out to a local bar for a little dancing on an otherwise subdued night.
The next day we got up early and made the trip out to Lake Bled – a stunning lake in the countryside, only a few short hours away by bus this lake is something to be seen. The countryside is spectacular, amazing with castles and churches nestled amongst the glorious hillsides. The lake is quite spectacular and there was no better way to spend the day than walking around taking in the Slovenian countryside in all its glory. We enjoyed a great afternoon and lunch with one of the best views on the trip.
That night we headed out for a pub crawl on the town in Ljubljana, it was one of the bigger pub crawls, certainly by expectations standard – joined with a group of on a top deck tour to make a reasonable and rowdy crowd. Nothing too spectacular to report though lots of fun was had – whilst a reasonable night we headed in early (around 4) for our early train back to Croatia.