Sail­ing up the Ljubljan­ica

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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.

We sailed out of the city centre to an area that strongly reminded me of Cambridge. The boat stopped at this cafe to refuel, and I was given a can of really, really terrible beer. I don’t even know what it was called- they offered me a choice of “the red one” or “the blue one”. I guess there’s a reas­on Slov­e­nia is known for its wine instead.

I got a lovely view of Ljubljana castle while sail­ing along the river.

A lot of the city centre has these decor­at­ive pave­ments. I find it weird when you read Amer­ic­an media, and they talk about Melania Trump like she escaped some kind of post-Soviet hell­hole. Slov­e­nia is well off! It was well off in the Yugoslavia days. It wasn’t really involved in the Yugoslavi­an wars. It’s in the Alps and has a lot in common with Austria and Switzer­land (although not as rich as either of those)! I just checked the GDP per capita figure, and it’s on par with Spain, Italy and Cyprus. It’s a clean, safe, pros­per­ous place with beau­ti­ful scenery. It was inter­est­ing that most of the tour­ists I encountered were either Austri­an or Brit­ish. There were a lot of Amer­ic­ans and Australi­ans in Croa­tia, because the tour­ist board has been advert­ising the Game of Thrones film­ing sites, but I didn’t come across any in Slov­e­nia.

I came across Ljubljana Pride. It very very small, and at this stage seemed to consist of people watch­ing some speeches in Slov­ene on a stage made out of a lorry. LGBQT+ rights in Slov­e­nia seem to be ok-to-middling, but of course much better than places like Russia or Serbia.

Here is a terri­fy­ing statue that runs across one of the bridges in the city centre.

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