Slovenia: Ljubljana, Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj

Strange that in my remoteness I seemed to feel, as never before, the vital presence of Earth as of a creature alive but tranced and obscurely yearning to wake
– Olaf Stapledon, Star Maker (1937)

I miss Slovenia and I’ve only been gone 3 days. It was undoubtedly my favourite country on the list so far, and where I faced the most challenges and the most learnings. 

I’ve written a lot about it, but I was there possibly the longest of any stay yet. I fell for the country big time. Everywhere is beautiful. Even their industrial estates look nicer than they do at home. Everywhere has cafes with outdoor seating and everything has a view of the hills or of a river so wonderfully deep and turquoise, it looks make belief. 

After concluding my Workaway, I spent 5 days exploring the capital city, Ljubljana, including an afternoon trip to Bled and a day trip to Lake Bohinj where I fell in love and never wanted to leave. 

I met some great people at my hostel, Mary from Vancouver, Verena from Germany, Ben from Singapore and Joe from down the road in Burnley. We also met a bunch of international interns and went to one of their leaving parties. I took no photos, of any of this (apart from Joe eating a kebab) so you’ll have to take my word for it. 

I stayed first in an Airbnb for 3 nights, then Hostel Tivoli for 2. 

I love hostel signs

I visited Ljubljana castle, I visited the Natural History Museum and explored Tivoli Park and a gorgeous exhibition by National Geographic, one side of which was images of the USA and the other, Slovenia. Slovenia pulled out its trump card with an array of images of Lake Bohinj that solidified my fledgling thoughts: I had to go. I brought Joe from Burnley with me and we had a right laugh and spent a long time just staring at the scenery. It was sublime.

…and FULL of fishes

We spent most of the day swimming, wandering and then spent a few hours failing to kayak/drifting around the lake. 

Lake Bohinj was my favourite part of Slovenia. It is chased by Bled, a place I’d wanted to visit for years and was overjoyed to finally meet:

I crave nature now. Looking back on my time in and around Ljubljana, I miss it. Even the city is rich with green space:

It’s also filled with art, including the legendary Metelkova:

Right through to the trains

Without any better words to express my emotions about the place: I loved it.

Ljubljana is a great city that has the closeness of a town and the variety of a city. It’s beautiful, by day and by night. 

In one of those images, you’ll see the castle lit up green to celebrate the city’s award as Green Capital of Europe. I walked up to the castle and the views were lovely:

Every part of the city; every street interested me. The language is beautiful, the people are warm and kind. Slovenia, thank you. I’ll be back.  


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