Ljubljana, the City of Dragons.
After 8 hours on a bus I arrived in the Slovenian capital. As soon as I checked into my hostel I met a few guests and we all headed out to find a bar. We ended up at Metalkova, the city’s equivalent of the Christiania Freetown. Decorated by local artists, it’s become a haven for music lovers and party goers. I arrived on the rock night which delighted me but they host all types of genres here. I met a few regulars and after quite a bit to drink, I headed back to the hostel for some much needed rest.
Speaking to the receptionist, the next morning at the hostel, she suggested I visit the great lakes; Bohinj and Bled so I set out to catch a bus there. Unfortunately I was too slow at ended up missing the bus. Instead, I got to know my new home. I first went back to Metalkova to check it out during the day and it’s quite a sight to behold. There’s surreal art placed all over the former Austria-Hungarian army barracks, from large wooden spiders to mannequins of creepy people sticking out. I then decided to have a look at the main attraction of the city; the castle.
Getting up to the castle was quite difficult as the signs mostly direct you to the funicular railway but I wanted to walk. I found a way up and spent a good few hours in the castle grounds. There’s a museum onsite that details the history and from the viewing tower there are fantastic views of the city below.
I ventured back to my hostel to relax for a bit. Speaking to two other guys at my abode, they suggested going to the lakes the next day but I’d already researched the weather forecast, and it looked bad, so we all decided to go to the cave instead.
The next day, the three of us; two other guests and I, set off to Postojna caves. It took about 45 minutes on the bus and then another 20 to walk to the cave but it was well worth it. We arrived at the cave and apparently I’d unknowingly bought an audio guide at a cheaper price than a normal ticket and so the saleswoman actually gave my amigos free headsets too! A tiny train took the group down into the cave and then we got to walk around the enormous cavern. It is so big, that a cathedral could actually fit inside one section of the cave and another area measured the same length as two football pitches. We found out the history of the cave, all about the formation of stalagtites and stalagmites and even the story of the human fish. It’s actually called a Proteus and it’s procreation cycle is similar to humans, hence it’s nickname, and it’s only found in these caves.
The very last section of the cavern was actually used as a nativity performance due to the incredible acoustics, every note can echo for about 5 seconds. I tried it, and can confirm the note was sustained.
Got back to the hostel after another drive and almost immediately fell asleep.