Sailing up the Ljubljanica

Ljubljanica river

When I was in Ljubljana this summer, I went on a boat tour up the Ljubljanica (pronounced lyu-blyan-itsa) river that runs through the city. (You can see my other photos of Metelkova in Ljubljana here).

Slovenia is a very underrated country I think. Although it’s very small (only 2 mi. people), it combines the charms of both Austria and Croatia. Ljubljana is also a beautiful city, which seems to have a lot going on for such a small capital (around 300,000 people).  I was only there for a day and a half on my way to Klagenfurt over the border in Austria for work, but I plan to come back.

I have just finished a split zine about my trips to Croatia and Slovenia this summer- you can find it here.

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Two new zines

I’ve got two new zines out. Both are £2/$2.80/€2.30. UK postage is free. Available here.

Ynfytyn 30- Oxbridge or bust?
About failing to study at Oxbridge, and then the miserable experience of working there. How do you continue a system of closed doors and in-group privilege (and keep the riff-raff like you and me out) in a tertiary education system where all universities are public and charge the same tuition?

Baffling interviews
Rigid hierarchies
Strange social structures
Terrible posh people
Racism and classism a-plenty
“Oxford is the city of closed doors”
My friend H’s depressing years at Cambridge

Ynfytyn 31- Croatia/Slovenia split issue

A split zine about a last-minute to holiday to Croatia this summer, and then a work trip to Slovenia two weeks later.

The beautiful Dalmatian coast
Game of Thrones location mania
The joy of the humble burek
Hostel life
They really do love Iron Maiden in the former Yugoslavia

Slovenia, the land of Žizek, potica cake (and sadly Melania Trump)
Slovenia is very underrated
Metelkova autonomous district in Ljubljana
Ljubljana Biennial arts festival
Lake Bled and Austria by train

 

Metelkova

 

Street art in Ljubljana

Metelkova is an area in the centre of Ljubljana that was originally a military barracks, then was squatted in the early 90s when the Yugoslav army pulled out after Slovenia declared independence, and is now full of social centres, workshops and gig venues. (And a hostel where I stayed overnight before crossing the border to Klagenfurt for work).

The most famous area like this is Christiania in Copenhagen. I was very disappointed with Christiania when I visited last year. I liked some of the buildings there, but the central market area was sleazy and tacky and there was an aggressive atmosphere, and the place it most honestly reminded me of was the red light district in Amsterdam. Maybe its glory days were in the 60s and 70s when it was founded.

Metelkova is a different proposition. It had a friendly and relaxed attitude, and I never felt any qualms about wandering round by myself, an atmosphere probably helped by the fact that the city government takes a generally positive attitude to its existence. They still don’t pay any rent, but no-one seems to care. It was clean and pleasant- people seemed to respect the communal space.

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