I arrived in Ljubljana after a couple of weeks in Split and then via Zagreb. I was getting tired of concrete and wanted a change of scenery so was not really over enthusiastic about traveling to another capital city. All these thoughts changed though as soon as I stepped of the bus.
Ljubljana is a small city with an alpine backdrop, a charming city centre old town, a castle on a hill and a narrow river running through the middle of it all. It’s a textbook example of what a cool and vibrant little city should be like. Wondering round the old town you feel like your walking round a village with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Cafes and bars line the riverside with outdoor seating and patio heaters to fight of the winter chill. The people are happy and friendly, English is widely spoken. Cost of living is good and it feels like a very safe place. Welcome to Slovenia.
The only downside to arriving here was my impending date with work so I spent my first day sat in front of my laptop itching to get out and explore. €25 a night had bought me an en suite private room in a nice and friendly central hostel so I spent the next few days splitting hours between wondering round and getting work done. It does not take long to see all the sights but it never bored me and sitting outside one of the cafes watching the world go by was always a pleasure.
Recently I have been traveling a lot so making plans and booking places in advance to keep the costs down. This meant I only had a few days in Ljubljana, something I began to regret as I was really beginning to settle here. One day I will defiantly return to this city for a longer period of time. It is the perfect base for digital nomad living and ticks all the boxes!
After Bled I needed a base for a week or so to get work done, wash my clothes and stop for air! Although the cost of living was a factor (as it always is) I also wanted to get off the beaten path and live like a local so I chose Kranj, a city between Bled and Ljubljana. Kranj is cool, I got everything I needed here, A cheap room in yet another nice hostel, friendly locals, good internet, old town centre and very affordable meals.
Tomorrow I’m taking a long weekend off to visit Vienna and Bratislava on my way to the Czech Republic which will be my next temporary base. Slovenia has left a big impression on me and one day I will happily return to this awesome little country.