loo-blah-nah (they just wanted to throw in a couple j's to confuse us)
11.27.2009 - 11.29.2009
We arrived in Ljubljana around 7:30-8pm and headed straight to our hostel called Zepplin Hostel. We had met a couple of Slovenian's while we were in Seville, Spain and had stayed in contact with them, so we had to give them a call while we were here. Dejan was happy to hear from us, and he is attending the college in Ljubljana, so we set up a time the following day to meet up :-)
The next day we decided to go on another free walking tour of the city. Again our guide was awesome, and we had a fairly small group so that was nice as well. The symbol of the city is a dragon, and we saw them everywhere. It was very cool.
Of course we saw the Dragon Bridge:
This is a relief on the door to the cathedral, telling the story of Slovenia:
View down the river:
Little steel dragon:
After our tour ended by their open air theatre
View from the Ljubljana Castle - notice the Alps are in the background
Another Dragon on the wall in the entry way to the castle
The Ljubljana Castle:
That evening we were able to meet up with our friend Dejan for a quick cup of coffee before he had to catch his train home. We walked through Metelkova city, which is a basically a city block that has been left alone by the authorities. It's an "alternative area" that consist of a bunch of old military barracks that were taken over by homeless kids. Now it consists of night clubs, music venues, and all kinds of random artwork. There are similar places in Berlin, but this one seemed really unique and almost out of place in sleepy Ljubljana.
The next morning we caught a train to Venice with a connection in Austria, which we almost missed but the conductor had them hold the other train to wait for us! That was very nice, and unexpected, we thought for sure we'd end up having to look for a place to stay that night (after already booking a place in Venice). But luckily it all worked out :-)