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The trip to Ljubljana was very dull and long. It took 4 hours on a bus to get from Oxford to Stansted (not a great decision to book a flight from Stansted by me), then waiting at Stansted for over 2 hours, and it is NOT an interesting airport and then lastly a 2 hour flight to Ljubljana. My reason to go to Ljubljana was based on "why not, sounds pretty!". Flying into Slovenia was gorgeous, I hadn't realised how alpine it was. It's like being in the bavarian or austrian alps without the kitsch. I quickly got out of the airport, (it's tiny!) and got a shuttle bus to my hostel in town. I was very happy to finally have a place to put my bags.
Although absolutely exhausted, I went for a stroll around the town, and instantly came across an amazing design store 2 doors down from my hostel! Fantastic stuff, I wish I could have bought half the store, instead I settled for the coolest make it yourself mountable deer head (I do realise how strange that sounds, but it is fantastic!). I proceeded to stroll around the small old town, it was very quaint and picturesque, with lots of people (tourists?) having ice-cream at the restaurants along the river. Fact about Slovenia: They absolutely love ice-cream and it is a definite sit down menu item to have around 6pm, before dinner. After my stroll, I had a quick but delicious dinner of Venison goulash at a traditional Slovenian in the old town, where the waiters wore traditional outfits. When I got up my feet were on auto-pilot and all I could think about was sleep, so it was back to the hostel.
The next day, Saturday, I decided to go on a day trip to one of the Slovenian alpine lakes, Bohinj. My good intentions of getting an early start feel through, as I just kept sleeping and didn't manage to get the bus until 10am. After an almost 2.5hr bus ride through stunning alpine scenery and villages, past the more famous lake and incredibly picturesque Bled, I arrived at Bohinj. (kind of pronounced Bochin). I really wished I hadn't slept in so much, the lake and its surrounding mountains were absolutely stunning (and undeveloped) and had lots of things to do. There were people swimming, sunbaking, fishing, kayaking, camping, bike riding, paragliding, skydiving and lots and lots of hiking. Hiking is a national obsession, they even have a museum about it. You can climb Slovenia's highest mountain Mt Triglav from here. I went for an 1.5hr walk along one side of the lake, and once again I made a stupid shoe decision and walked the rocky, dirty and often tree root covered path in thongs. whoops. The walk right on the lake edge through the forest was ridiculously stunning. Fact for travelling alone: If you don't charge the camera, the camera won't work! I had to take most of my pictures of this amazing place on my i-phone. At the other end was a tiny town, with only 3 restaurants called Ukanc. I sat outside, with views of the surrounding mountains at a packed pizza restaurant, I know you don't really need to know about my pizza but it was amazing! I ordered a small deer salami with mushrooms, 2 types of cheese and garlic pizza which was ridiculously good and but I swear it was family sized and I ate the whole thing! Never had I imagined I would eat a deer salami pizza! After lunch I continued walking and went to see a famous waterfall, high up in one of the gorges, Slap Savica. It took another hour to walk there, along yet more rocky terrain, and I even had one guy comment and question that I was hiking in thongs. When I got up there, there were lots of tourists, who were mostly driving in to see it. The waterfall was quite pretty, while the view back over the valley and the lake was stunning. After a quick stop, I walked back down, conscious that I had a bus to get, and in the end only had about 5 minutes to sit with my legs in the cool, incredibly fresh and clean water. I wish I had had time to go for a swim and maybe hire a kayak but ce la vie.
I swear the bus back to Ljubljana took longer, but eventually I made it to the city. After stocking up on some food for tomorrow's train journey and going and having a dusk time stroll around the outside of the castle overlooking the city, I headed back to my dorm room to organise where I would be sleeping for the next few days, rest my sore feet and get some sleep.

Ljubljana

Ljubljana

Lake Bochinj

Lake Bochinj

Me at Lake Bohinj

Me at Lake Bohinj

Ljubljana at dusk

Ljubljana at dusk

Posted by awowchuk 23:54 Archived in Slovenia Tagged ljubljana

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Slovenia is so beautiful. Try and find the bridge with the carved dragons on it, for some reason I loved that when I was there. I forgot that you were doing a blog and read all your posts in one hit tis morning. Traveling vicariously though you : )

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