A new name?
24.02.2009 - 28.02.2009 10 °C
The overnight train to Zagreb was uneventful, though not particularly restful. We hadn’t really intended on spending any time in Zagreb but found enough things to keep us occupied for a day or two, including the King of Carnival exhibition at the Ethnographic Museum and a stroll through some of Zagreb’s many parks. We seemed also to spend a lot of time looking for things that don’t actually exist, or are so well hidden they may as well not exist (namely Zagreb’s Sports museum). Temperatures were warmer, but not warm enough for us to need to put things in the fridge rather than hang them from the window grates outside.
The train trip from Zagreb to Ljubljana in Slovenia was very scenic and the border crossing uneventful asides from Bec being assigned a new pronunciation of her name; Rebechecha Yentra (apparently double hard c’s and j’s defy Slovenian language capabilities). Ljubljana is a gorgeous city with a relaxed vibe. The city market provides good food and good views, as does the town square and we spent quite a few hours eating Burek (cheese or meat rolled in filo pastry and formed into a pizza shape) and people watching below the main monument.
Pretty Ljubljana town
A local woman sells her wares in Ljubljana
Burek-fast, Slovenian style
Never able to pass up a funicular, we rode it to the castle on the hill above Ljubljana. Possibly the best description of the castle could be found in the castle’s visitors book as ‘This castle is not very castle-like’.
'This castle is not very castle-like'
We like to listen to languages (without having to participate ineptly in conversations) and the local puppet theatre had a show on so we went and watched Supramiska (SuperMouse, or so we thought) with about 50 sub-seven year-olds and their parents. Initially we felt a bit dodgy on account of being childless but we soon got over it and enjoyed the very basic 45 minute performance of which we understood absolutely nothing. The following day as we walked past the theatre we saw a sign out the front that translated Supramiska to mean Skip Mouse, not Super Mouse. Turns out we watched a show about a dumpster rat.
It was impossible for Glenn to be in Ljubljana and not try the horseburger.
Lake Bled is about an hour away from Ljubljana by bus and we took a day trip there and circumnavigated the 6km around the partially frozen lake. Virtually a ghost town in winter, it’s easy to see how it’s a tourist magnet in summer.
From Ljubljana we took an overnight train to Zurich for our onward flight to Shanghai........