We are in Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia!! WOOHOO!! Today was a very short day for walking, as it was going to the train station 3 km away from where we were staying to take a train into Ljubljana! And so, here we are :)
We walked around Brežice for a little bit (unfortunately the castle was closed) before catching the 11:12 AM train to Ljubljana. The train ride was an hour and a half, and Fly and I talked for half the way there and dozed for the second half, gearing ourselves up to explore the city. When we arrived, we all made our way to the Sax Hostel (a jazz bar/hostel), where our group had decided to stay for the night as recommended by Donal, since PWers find their own accomodation for the night(s) in Ljubljana. We weaved in and out of markets on the streets and straight down the canal before dropping our bags off, changing, and out to explore the city! We first grabbed some yummy lunch, admiring the architecture that paired very different buildings next to one another--one older, one newer, one wide and short, one skinny and tall--giving the city a unique vibe.
We walked around the city a little longer, where we came upon a Beer & Burger fest that was happening, with myriad vendors selling different types of beers and different burgers! At first, I had thought Ljubljana seemed less like a city and more like a larger suburb, but after seeing this festival, I felt the energy of the city come alive. Before the burgers though...
It just so happened that at 5 PM, there was a Haydn concert in the cathedral that was free, and so naturally, we headed over that way (and coincidentally, it was right next to the Beer & Burger festival). The concert was a small orchestra and a choir, featuring a piano soloist and an opera singer (both of whom were fantastic!). I unfortunately was quite sleepy, so I don't think I was able to *fully* enjoy it, but I definitely appreciated it nevertheless, and I am always about the music. Afterwards, we got some burgers (spent quite a while figuring out which one to choose) and savored every last bite. The food coma definitely hit from that so we walked on back to the hostel not long afterwards.
Afterwards, I got to have a nice, long video call with my favorite guy, which was great feeling grounded for the days to come :) I realized that since the past few days we had walked so much, I was restless & had so much energy in the night, so I ended up taking an evening walk around the canal with Donal! We had a nice stroll around and came back to the hostel, ready to head to bed. Tomorrow we will be going to Lake Bled, a beauiful lake that we have heard nothing but good things about :) This will be our last rest day before powering on to Trieste--only 6 more walking days if you can believe it!! For now though, sleep with the knowledge of no pack on tomorrow is so blissful :') Until tomorrow!
Hey all! My name is Catherine, and I'm from Pittsburgh, PA! So excited for this adventure & to share my stories with you all :)