Trip Start Jul 31, 2007
30Trip End Sep 05, 2007
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I was looking forward to the border patrol people coming on the train and asking for passports, I'm not sure why, but I just love the idea!! So that was a great experience for me anyway! We crossed the Croatian border, and I was into Slovenia. My first impressions were very favourable - it looked so pretty and picturesque, lots of greenery and mountains. Slovenia is only the size of Wales, and over half of it is covered in forest, which I can well believe after the train journey. Some of the little towns we passed through looked so cute, reminded me of what I would expect little towns to look like in Switzerland, with alpine style houses and lots of flowers in hanging baskets
Unfortunately the train station isn't in the nicest looking part of Ljubljana so when we pulled into it, I was a bit disappointed as I had big hopes for the city. I headed off in the direction of my hostel and the city centre, which was supposed to be a 10 minute walk, no way was it, 20 minutes more like!! Thankfully the walk took me past some of the best sights in the city - the 3 bridges, the main square and down alongside the river past the line of bars known as the 'beach'. The ruddy cleaner hadn't turned up at the hostel so I wasn't allowed to check in, so 15kg lighter after dumping my backpack, I headed off to do some more exploring, and stumbled on a nice park, where I ate a lovely feta sarnie. I walked around a bit more, and found the Dragon bridge - the dragon is the town mascot, for some reason, and the bridge is guarded by a dragon at all 4 corners.
Finally checked into my hostel (with my room on the 5th floor and no lift, more stairs grrr), I got a much needed shower, which turned cold half way through, and then got another shower inadvertently when I headed out to get some food and got caught in a torrential downpour, lovely. I got talking to some girls in my hostel room, and met them later in a bar for drinks - it was 2 for 1 on cocktails, so needless to say it ended up being a late night.....