Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Ljubljana, who knew?

Last week on my way to Graz, I swung by London, Manchester and for the first time Ljubljana (huge shout out to everyone I met along the way!).

Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and in the northwest corner of what used to be the Yugoslavia. It is a small town with a population of 272,000, or approximately Oshawa and Whitby combined. This small town is quite beautiful with a view of the mountains (Triglav is on Slovenia's flag) and river running through the old town.

Ljubljana also has its share of interesting characters. My tour guides for the evening (the lovely Katja and Erika), told me the story of France Preseren. He is known as Slovenia's greatest poet but his life is heartbreaking. His entire life he spent loving Julija, a girl that never reciprocated. His poetry is largely influenced by her. There is a statue of the two in the old town in Ljubljana. How tragic!

On a brighter note, I also tried absinthe. Absinthe is a dangerous alcohol to say the least. Although its strength can vary, I had the pleasure of trying the 140 proof version (70%). The way it is prepared is awesome though. You put an absinthe spoon on top of the shot glass after which you dip the sugar cube in the alcohol. You then put the cube on the spoon and set it on fire! The sugar melts into your drink, you put some ice cubes in your glass then voila, ready to serve! 

On a whole, although I was only there for 12 hours from 8pm onward but it is definitely worth seeing and I would go again! Next week I will be heading to Serbia for a weekend and will be posting a bit about Graz. Stay tuned!


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