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Published: October 8th 2008
The bars and much of the decor that a prison should have remains.
It's not as bad as it seems.
Leaving Zagreb we had no plan on where to go, but we knew after about an hour or two in Zagreb it was time to leave (no offense Croatians). At the train station we decided to go to the next major city within a few hours and Ljubljana won out. A quick check of the guide book and we new we had found our sleeping arrangemnts:
Celica (The Cell), Metelkova ulica 8 (400m from bus/railway station), . A redecorated military prison within the former Austro-Hungarian and Yugoslav army base of Metelkova, which turned first into a squatter settlement and is now Ljubljana's burgeoning alternative cultural center. Some years ago, the cells of the former prison were assigned to several Slovenian artists, who designed every one of them individually. In 2006, Celica was declared to be the best hostel in the world by Lonely Planet, which means they've jacked up prices and it's often full. A bed in a cell (2-3 beds) or normal room (3-5) costs 20€, give or take a few euros depending on how many you're sharing with, including breakfast. Coin laundry, internet PCs, pleasant cafe-restaurant. Credit cards accepted.
Very cool place, reasonable rates, live bands, 4 blocks from the train station, bike rental, internet, breakfast, lunch, and dinner restaurant. To top it off, I could title my blog: "A Night in Jail"
Ljubljana is a great place, I recommend getting a bike, crusing the city, go to Tivoli, check out the sites and if your a couple, Maria says check out the "kissing spots" in the map the Hostel gives you.
Time for a "Shout out": I have to give a shout out to my mom. She sewed my back pack just as it was ready to rip to pieces - How motherly, Thanks mom! I couldn't have done the trip with out you! (there is half joke-half truth here)
A few quotes from the map they give you at check-in, "Act Like a Local"
"Don't pay mroe than 1.20E for a cappuccino and make a fuss if you don't get a glass fo water with it.
"Only sixty-year-olds with heart problems take the tourist funicular up to the castle. Just walk up there. It's only a ten minute walk and you'll manage."
"The two most popular beers are Lasko and Union,
both produced by the same company. Although the difference in taste is not very big, we make a big deal out of it. Lasko is just a bit stronger. Some say 'in Slovenia we drink Lasko and piss Union,' others say 'Laskko is another word for hangover'"
"If you hear a bell ring, jump! People on bieks come dangersouly close on teh sidewalks, with nothing but murderous intentions"
On to the next city...
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