Ljubljana & Lake Bled (Slovenia)

13 – 14 July 2010

We had one night in a hostel in Ljubljana (Austria), essentially another stopover to break up the driving hours.  Ljubljana’s university is making its way onto the European university scene, the town has a good ‘university’ feel to it despite us being there during the holiday season

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Slovenia is known for its horses, they can breed them to dance in Slovenia and in recognition of the brilliant horses of Slovenia I decided to eat one. I was so hungry that day ‘I could eat a horse’ however I settled for just part of one. ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do’ – well I was in Slovenia and the Slovenians eat horse steaks.

It was delicious, my first foal steak ever, done medium rare and accompanied with a Union beer, fantastic!

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The following day we departed Slovenia for Austria, we actually crossed the border in the middle of a huge tunnel, it easily took five minutes to pass through. They know how to build tunnels in Europe.

On our way to Vienna (Austria) our journey was broken up by a stop at Lake Bled. Our group was encouraged to take a $10 Euro row boat trip to the island in the middle of the lake, the island wasn’t very far away and being a cheapskate I politely declined paying $10 Euros and swam it in roughly 15 minutes. A few of the guys made the swim back with me; the water was a beautiful temperature, the landscape superb, it was a fantastic swim in a beautiful environment; highly recommended.

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