Postojna

Trip Start Jun 08, 2006
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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Last thing I did before bed was to set my phone 1 hour back and alarm.
Sunday 29 October
Hoped to wake at 6 but managed to set the time but set the alarm for 1600 for some reason so got woken up by French couple packing noisily. When they'd left I got up and couldn't find my Stranger Hostel t-shirt I was wearing the previous night. Searched everywhere but still couldn't find it so the French must have packed it by mistake, so down to reception to try and find them but they'd left. Fortunately they'd left their phone number with most helpful girl on reception as they'd lost their camera tripod just in case it turned up. She phoned them up and they were at restaurant from previous night and they would come back to hostel. I decided to go to breakfast and half way through they turned up without rucksacks which were in locker in station. They wanted to go on cave tour so they had little time and I wanted my T-shirt back so I suggested we use hostel bikes to go to station. Checked with reception and she said it was OK so the bloke and I grabbed a bike and pushed it outside. Mine had a sticker on saying OK and some other letters. I started cycling and the durailier sheared off and wrapped round chain, so I ran back into hostel and got another bike. Cycled uphill to station, Frenchman really out of breath, opened locker, found my t-shirt, he had to pay €2 again for locker and rolled back down hill to hostel. His girlfriend had a look of shock on her face, receptionist was pleased I got my shirt back but what had happened to other bike. She explained that OK and other letters meant broke do no use, before anybody takes a bike out she has to check it over and you have to sign a form, so she would be in trouble with her boss. We fabricated a story, exonerating her and putting the blame on me, but she was afraid to phone him that early so I went for a 20k run via fantastic gorge, thinking about the confrontation when I got back. I told her I would stay another night if her boss let me off so she phoned him and he said it was probably broke before and I just broke it more and not to worry. Booked another night, hired a bike for excellent not flat as receptionist had told me, to Predjama castle unusual as its built on the side of a cave and cliff and not on top. Has its own secret escape passage through caves and was the base of a robber knight who was killed by a catapulted stone while going to the toilet (he was betrayed by a servant who signaled the sieging army). On the way back checked out the Postojna caves with the human fish that can live until 100 and survive without food for years, but looked really touristy and expensive so I gave it a miss. Back to hostel, receptionist surprised that nothing had happened. Met new room mate who had been cycling europe for 9 months but was so spaced out it was hard to communicate. He wanted to share Pizza, I said I wasn't hungry. Sat next to me typing this up. Heaven knows whats going to happen tonight. Receptionist amused anyway.
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