I was so surprised with my trip to Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana. Not only is it a vibrant city full or life its also visually beautiful. The city is overlooked by the spectacular castle and straddles the Ljubljana river. Its unbelievable clean and and very green. Its only 1 hour from the border of Italy and I was informed by my driver that many Italians work in Italy but choose to live just over the border as the coast of living is a lot less. You could tell by the number of younger tourists in the city and buskers and street performers that it is a cheaper city to visit. Cheap in the case doesn’t mean tacky. I would choose to visit Ljubljana over Trieste and other Italian cites. I spend only 2 nights in the city and take in the local sites. Its only a short walk to the castle but a very steep one. Its gets my legs pumping by the time I am at the top. But I take any chance I can to get some exercise in after sitting so much.
On my second night I decided to go and have a glass of vino on my own and take a walk to find and interesting bar. I start at the river where locals and tourists gather for aperitif. I move on to see what else is around and just when I was about to call it a night and head back to my hotel I hear music coming from the street just up the road from my hotel. The section of the local mall, outside a bar, has been converted to a salsa dance area. A large tarp has been stretched across the ground and the locals are dancing together. It is clearly the organised by the local salsa club and the later it gets more people start to turn up. I arrived at about 9:30 and by 10:30pm the place is buzzing. People gather around together chatting and as more people turn up someone will tap another person on the shoulder and off the go. Its full of different ages but everyone has one thing in common. They can all salsa, and really well. A few guys and a few girls really stand out though. One glamour couple are dancing up a storm. It would’ve been great way to meet some local people if I could put one foot in front of the other without tripping over. 🙂
After a few glasses of vino and plenty of free entertainment I call it a night. Home to pack to hit the road again.