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Yeah I know it is pronounced lub-jeuh-nuh and it is the capital of Slovenia.

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I arrived in Ljubljana early in the morning to a surprisingly busy city. There was a city marathon going on and the whole city was awake. It was strange because 1) most cities in Europe don't really get going until 10 or 11, 2) Eastern Europeans don't work out at all. (When I go running I am stared at- my roommate Kate was once stopped, as she was on a run, by an elderly man asking if she was ok because he thought she was running away from something) So I was very surprised to see this huge marathon going on early in the morning.
I checked into my great hostel, the best one I stayed at so far, and went to the old town.
I was lucky to catch the Sunday morning flee market and got a few Christmas presents for family. Then I finished my day in Bled. This is a small lake in the Julian Alps. It has a castle peering onto the lake from the top of a cliff which I hiked too. It had great views of the city, the lake and its small tiny island.
On the island there is a small church, I didn't get the chance to go out to the island but I really enjoyed my time in Bled. It was great to be in a small town and surrounded my nature. I really enjoyed my hike and I realized how much I miss taking walks and hiking.
I really enjoyed the city of Ljubljana as well. It was clean and smaller then most capital cities. The newer part of town was also a lot more tasteful then others. I find that in cities over here the new part of town is boring, ugly communist buildings. However, this new town looked like San Fransico so that was nice and refreshing.
I finished my time in Slovenia with a really nice dinner at a cute antique restaurant on the river. I really really enjoyed my time in Slovenia and I didn't want to leave so quickly but I was being called to the warm weather of Croatia so after a day and a half I headed to Split, Croatia.

Posted by Caitlin L 10:40 Archived in Slovenia

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