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Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana September 11th 2006

Since my last entry, I have been to lake Balaton, in Hungary, and Ptuj, Nazerje and Ljubljana in Slovenia. The sun has been kind and I have seen some interesting sights and done loads of biking (some great downhills on the ski slopes of mt Golte, in Slovenia). I have even been paragliding, which I enjoyed, but did not find as exciting as I expected. Balaton lake is huge. From where I camped, you could see water on the horizon in one direction. Whilst there I did a fair bit of biking, even some off-road. Saw some interesting cattle there, Nat, I challenge you to name the cow in the picture (not Daisy etc, but the breed). Stopped in the second main town of Keszthely at Balaton, which was ok. Moved on to Slovenia after a ... read more
Me, a mountain bike and a mountain
View from a paraglider

Europe » Slovenia » Istria » Piran September 10th 2006

Yesterday, after partying with a big group of Erasmus (European) students on Friday night, I took off with about 18 of them to a beautiful little town called Piran. The day started out pretty slowly, as they didn't realize how long it would take to rent cars. Car rental places are a little reluctant I think when a group of 18 or so 20 year old show up! Anyway, one girl, Malic, from Austria had her own car there, so after about an hour and a half of waiting for the rest of the group, 5 of us decided to take off on our own. One of the neatest things about our little group was that we were all different nationalities! There was Malic from Austria, our trusty driver. Sylvia is from Poland and she navigated ... read more
Sylvia climbing trecherous stair case
Piran!
View of Castle wall

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana September 7th 2006

Hello all... The past few days have been... well... hard. Yesterday was a complete write off... I spent 5 hours trying to manuver my way through about 8 blocks of the city to get my student card and bus pass. Let me tell you, it made me really appreciate UBC systems and kelowna city planning! I guess I shouldn't complain to much, at the end of the day, after crying about 4 times and twice seriously considering packing everything up, I did come out with what I set out for. Anyway, night times are a little lonely right now because I'm alone in my apartment meant for 3. Well, really I'm not alone. There are 7 other people aparently living above me. But I have yet to even SEE any of them except for my manager ... read more
Castle tower from below
The View!
Castle Courtyard from Tower

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana September 6th 2006

Al went to catch up with another friend which meant she had catch a train back across to Paris where she´d already been. Claire and I decided that she was too smelly anyway, and continued without her, heading south to Slovenia. Just quickly, anyone travelling to Europe HAS to visit Slovenia and its capital Ljubljana. It´s awesome. Claire and I arrived reasonably late and went looking for a quick bite and a beer. This turned into just finding a pub and sinking lots of local brew. The next day we did the tourist thing and went to all the sites, incluiding (yes i have my guide book with me) St Nicholas´cathedral, Dragon Bridge, Cobblers Bridge, the castle, the three bridges and a heap of other lovely buildings. For night time fun, we had a traditional type ... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana September 5th 2006

I have a little home! I moved out of Simona's beautiful little house yesterday... very hard to leave such a wonderful family I must tell you... and into my new appartment! It's very close to the faculty.,.. about a 5 minute walk if I don't get lost! I will be sharing a room, but right now its just me because the place was just renovated and I was the first to move in. Its a bit farther to downtown, but only like 7 minutes by bus so not to bad... (ps the buses here are wonderful... they don't really have a schedule, but guaranteed if you miss yours there will be another in like 10 minutes max... usually more like 5). I've already put up some decorations to make it feel like home a little more, ... read more
Kitchen table
Sink/Stove
Microwave/More Cupboards

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled September 5th 2006

From Ljubljana, I took a public bus to Bled, a resort town and home of the Lake Bled for a day excursion. Bought a one-way ticket to Lake Bled first and would figure out where to go next once I got there. The drive to the lake was interesting passing by rural villages and countryside with mountains in the backdrop. Lake Bled is surrounded by the Julian Alps and Triglav Peak and natural forrests. It is very scenic. Its natural beauty is exceptional by any standard. Had pizza and beer for lunch in a restaurant. It was delicious and the portion was huge. Took a leisure walk around the lake. Took it easy. Sat by the bench to stare at the glacial crystal clear lake as it mesmerized my mind ..and my soul. Also took a ... read more
Lake Bled
Bled
Bled castle

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana September 4th 2006

Took the train from Zagreb, the capital of Croatia to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia in the morning. Bought the train ticket at the train station just before departure. Wasn't a problem. Found the platform and boarded the train minutes before it pulled away. Shortly moving, the train stopped. It was time for an exit stamp courtesy of the Croatian Customs. We stayed on the train and a custom agent came by to check out and stamp our passports. Then moving again to the no-man's land (between the borders of the two countries) and the train stopped again. This time was more "serious" from the Slovenia Customs. There was even a police K-9 dog accompanied the agents. It was all courteous. We arrived in Vibriant Ljubljana few hours later. The train station was not too far ... read more
Bird-eye view of Ljubljana from the castle
Soup and beer at the Sokol restaurant
market and the top of the church

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana September 3rd 2006

Man, one thing that is different about Slovenia that really catches me off guard is that service here does NOT come with a smile. Cashiers, waitresses, even customer service reps... they arn't forced into the humiliation of pretending to like their jobs as in Canada and the U.S. For me it's hard because I am so used to the friendly, chatty, smiley, "Oh Hiii... how ARE you today?" said with a whole lotta sugar on top... so when all I hear from them is a price I feel like they are mad at me or something... but that's not it at all! They are just... doing their job, without any Splenda on top! Anyway, today was fairly uneventful due to my lack of energy after the hike yesterday, but it did have some little beautiful moments! ... read more
River boat girls 2
Bowling girls!
Forget their names but they were really nice!

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana September 2nd 2006

What can I say but I love Slovenia. I have had the most wonderful 24 hours, first with the party last night and then an amazing, culture-experiencing, death-defying, leg-burning hike today. Last night, after spending the day touring (see Beautiful Day entry) the city and doing a few errands, Simona took me out to a going away party for a student leaving for France for a year. The party was out at this little cabin/barn thing, and apparently the guy who was leaving invited everybody from his cell phone… even people he couldn’t remember who they were! Needless to say, there were a ton of people there, all getting pretty drunk and all waiting on this enormous stewing pot of traditional Slovenian Goulash. We drank good wine (they make excellent wines here mom!), and danced… even ... read more
Tradional Goulash and Polenta
My trusty mountain guide Matej
Rad old church along the path.

Europe » Slovenia » Slovenian Littoral » Bovec September 2nd 2006

Well, writing about a STAG do is a little taboo. Suffice to say we had an excellent weekend. Sampled the amazing Slovenian Alps around Bovec, canyoning and hydrospeeding and a little drinking and eating. I recommend the Pink Panter (not a typo) night club! We also spent an excellent two nights in the capital, Llubjiana. A beautiful city, compact but with everything on offer for culture hungry STAGS. We stayed in a hostle that used to be a prison. A very individual place with quirky rooms and in an area full of arty people and buildings! Much more interesting than a travel lodge! Obviously we spent time walking around the city - went to the castle and were lucky enough to see a medieval parade. Over the weekend we had literally no sleep and returned exhausted. ... read more
Our Hotel
Llubjiana
Watersport the order of the Day




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