Full disclosure: I knew practically nothing about Slovenia before I flew there last week. All I knew is that Ljubljana (pronounced loo-blee-ana) was one of the cheapest destinations on Skyscanner for the dates we were looking to travel for our end-of-the-year/anniversary trip. That was good enough for us. I never would have expected this tiny city in a tiny country that still seems fairly undiscovered for this part of Europe to leave such a mark on my heart.
There is something so genuine about Ljubljana. Unlike much of Europe, it hasn’t sold its entire soul to the tourism industry. It has nothing to prove, and because of that, Ljubljana is a city that is unapologetically itself. Despite the fact that it doesn’t have the imposing skyline or massive crowds of cities like Prague, Ljubljana is an incredible, enchanting city. It truly felt like something of a magical secret.
Ljubljana seems to be in a stage of renaissance, with an incredible contemporary art and music scene. You can’t walk five steps without running into some kind of street performer, though not the usual fare. In our short time there, we ran into break dancers, magicians, bongo drummers, and opera singers, in addition to more traditional bands. Amazing street art lines just about every corner of the city, but especially in the little artsy neighborhood of Metelkova.
We ended up basing ourselves out of Ljubljana the whole time we were in Slovenia simply because we loved it so much. It gave us time to figure out all of the best places to eat, hang out, and take walks at sunset.
I wish I could find the right way to describe how laid back and charming Ljubljana is. The whole time I was there, I felt so at home…so much so that I probably could have moved in right then and there. I’m really surprised it hasn’t become overrun with tourists!
Until next time, Ljubljana!