Ljubljana [lub-lee-ahna], is the capital of Slovenia. But you knew that right?
As a traveler in Europe in April, there was no real escaping the whole Volcano-in-Iceland-erupting-and-causing-mass-havoc-to-transport-everywhere.
For me that meant a cancelled flight, then walking to the local station in Budapest, taking one look at the 3+ hour line of people waiting in the international ticket cue, then walking off to get a kebab, and repeating the process the next day, and the next day, and the next day..
When I finally could get a ticket, my plan was to go to Venice, but as Ljubljana is en-route, I decided to stop there for a few days to re-visit a city I previously didn’t have the chance to spend much time in.
Not on most backpackers ‘to go’ lists, Ljubljana is actually really great.
Prauge or Ljubljana? Ljubljana.
Munich or Ljubljana? Ljubljana.
Krakow or Ljubljana? Ljubljana.
You get my drift.
Compact enough to get around by foot, but big enough to still find your own private space, the city is green and fresh with trees and parks everywhere.
The main river running through the center (nicknamed ‘the beach’ as thats where everyone seems to spend most of their free time) has a plethora of cute little cafes lining the sides, and is and awesome spot to latte the afternoons away.
Never does the feeling arise that your walking around in a tourist trap either, its real people in a real city.
And most of those people are students.
Being home to Slovenia’s only university, Ljubljana’s population is officially 15% (65,000) students. Walking the streets though you get the feeling its more like 80%, this is a young persons city, and the bikes and the street art, and galleries, and gig flyers everywhere show it.
Film: Fuji Superia X-Tra 400
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia. April 2010.
Another perk of visiting Ljubljana is the food, legit ćevapčići and burek without having to travel down into the Balkans. There’s enough onion and garlic in this stuff though to kill all the vampires in Twilight, so make sure your not planning to rip up the town afterwards.