Getting there

We finally made it here after over 24 hours of travelling! Vancouver, Chicago, Zurich, and finally Ljubljana.

A busy day at Chicago International Terminal

There was a lot of waiting around in airports, the worst being the 5 hours in Zurich.

But the flight from Zurich to Ljubljana was beautiful, clear weather with great views of the Alps.

Austrian Alps

Upon arrival in Ljubljana we stopped at the bus station ticket office to buy the tickets we would need to get down to Trieste on Saturday morning. Then we walked down the street to find the hostel. They have even numbers on one side and odd numbers on the other side, but number 17 was across from number 36 and number 14 (the hostel) was three blocks farther down. Anyway we did find the hostel and got ourselves checked in.

It was only 7 o’clock, so we decided to go explore the town. The river wasn’t far away, so that’s where we headed. Just two doors down from us was a building with brightly-coloured decorative painting, and we recognized it as the one on the box of Slovene-language CD’s we had borrowed from the library.

The riverbank was very busy, lots of restaurants and bars with cyclists weaving all over the place. The first thing we saw was several kayaks hanging from overhead wires, promoting a kayaking championship happening next week. We also checked out a couple of the restaurants to see if we might want to go to them tomorrow night.

We meandered along the sides of the river through the Old Town, admiring the architecture as we went.

We bought gelatos from a stall beside the river, then meandered our way up to the famous Dragon Bridge. This bridge was built in 1901 to celebrate 40 years of the rule of Emperor Franz Joseph, but everybody just called it the “dragon bridge” because of the dragon statues at all four corners.

By now it was after 8:30 and we were tired from two days of travelling, so we headed back to the hostel to post this blog entry and then go to bed.

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