Ljubljana, Slovenia

Trip Start May 14, 2006
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Trip End Sep 29, 2006


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Sunday, August 20, 2006

As soon as I got off the train in Ljubljana, I knew immediately that I was going to like this place. I think that Ljubljana is my favorite place so far when it comes to beauty and especially for it being the capital of a country. Though it is a small capital, only about 290,000 people, it feels no larger than a moderately sized town. It is by far the cleanest city and it is very green, with lush vegetation and trees lining every path and street. On top of this, their is a slow moving river that goes through the center of the old town that adds an even more perfect feel. On every street corner and square and countless ice cream shops, cafes and markets. I also knew that I was going to like this place when we were walking to our hostel at about 11 in the morning and I saw a handful of people drinking a beers with their midmorning meals, these are my kind of people.

Our first full day in Ljubljana didn't amount to much, we just walked around and saw the local sights, and just took it easy. We had planned on going out that night to see what the night life had to offer so we took a short nap during the day to recharge the lost energy from the over night train ride. After pre funking with a couple of Jegerbombs, we set out to discover that at about 1 am everything shuts down, and I mean everything. Luckily we ran into a local that set us straight and told us about a local bar that stays open to very late and we should have a good time there. When we asked him how to get there all he said was, "go down this road and look for a glowing blue skeleton." What the hell does that mean? This place actually turned out to be really cool, with a sort of Halloween theme going on. The best part was that to get to the bathroom, you had to go through a bookcase, trap door thing. This turned out to be really funny because Tyler went through the wrong bookcase and got yelled out.

The second day we decided to go for a short day trip out to some caves. Slovenia is apparently known worldwide for the cave systems that it has. We didn't go to the most impressive caves because they were to difficult to get to, but nonetheless the ones we did go to were far more impressive than I ever imagined. I couldn't believe the size of these caves, their was actually a small mountain (or that is what they called it) inside of the cave. The funny thing was that we almost had more fun playing around with our sick little cloaks than we had on the cave tour itself.

The next day we went out to lake Bled, one of the most picteresqe places that I have seen so far. I have seen many postcards and photos of this place because it is a large lake with small island in the center with a church on it. It also has a large castle on the top of a mountain that I had not even known about. While we were there, we saw something the they have all over Europe but we have to try it out. During the summer time, they install tracks going down the ski slopes that you can ride toboggan like cars down. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into and I was truthfully very because I didn't think it could be very cool with the amount of little kids taking part in the riding. We decided to buy passes that allowed us to go down twice because it was much cheaper for the second ride and let me tell you...these thINGS SHOULD HAVE BEEN ILLEGAL. They went so damn fast I couldn't believe that we didn't have to sign some sort of waiver before going down. For 8 bucks, it was one of the best things we have done on a while.
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