Weekends are just my favorite…especially when filled with good food, fabulous company, and a bit of adventure. So, when Andy and I decided to book a little getaway, we naturally decided on a place where we could have all three of the aforementioned things. After looking at the map, our eyes went straight to Ljubljana, Slovenia; a measly 2 1/2 hour drive through the Austrian countryside didn’t sound too bad, and we have been dying to get out of our small apartment now that the weather is nice. We decided to go for it (because #yolo), so we took a Friday off, grabbed a coffee (or two), and hit the road.
While Slovenia is a small, relatively non-touristy country, we were dying to explore this tiny part of Eastern Europe. After visiting Prague a few years ago, we fell in love with the culture and have been anxious to tick more countries off our list. We did hardly any research on Slovenia before we left, but we did discover that Ljubljana has been the cultural, educational, economic, political, and administrative center of independent Slovenia since 1991. We were also re-acquainted with the complexity of Slavic languages. I mean, who puts accents over consonants? But despite the language barrier, we found ourselves falling in love with Ljubljana in the same way we fell in love with Prague. Was it due to the beautiful architecture, incredible food, or fabulous scenery? Maybe. But it could also be because we’ve had the best experiences with Eastern Europe. Bottom line: don’t believe everything you hear– contrary to popular belief, these countries are just as fabulous as Western Europe and offer many unique cultural experiences.
So, if Slovenia hasn’t been on your travel radar before, it should definitely move up on your list of countries to visit! While we didn’t spend a long time in Ljubljana, you can definitely see everything in a day and then travel outside the city for more nature explorations.
Have you been to Ljubljana? If not, do you plan on visiting?