“Travels to a Different Time” : 6August1974: Ljubljana, Yugoslavia: So Different Slovenia!

Slovenia is a part of Yugoslavia and it so different from the other republics. It has more in common culturally with its neighbour to the North Austria than for example it has with Serbia or Croatia. The attitudes are more progressive. The political climate seems less repressive. The food is good. The architecture is daring. The rain woke me up pattering on the windowsill. By the time I headed out to do some shopping the rain had ceased.  I bought a small propane tank for my mini burner so scrambled eggs, fruit juice, bread, cheese, cake and grapes for breakfast. Had a nap and then into Ljubljana for a 5-hour look-see. Off the main street Titova Cesta you get a better sense of the city. The old part of town reminds me of Salzburg in Austria. A cobbler repaired my sandals so out I tossed my melted shoes. I walked up to the castle but they wouldn’t let me in the castle with my press card. There are some very expensive boutiques in the old town. The Ljubljana River runs through the city making it sort of an Alpine Venice. The water is actually clean. I discovered an ultra modern supermarket more stunning in design than you would see in Canada. Marble floors with floor lighting. Returned home for fried eggs, cherry juice, bread, cheese and some Moccas. I asked the guy at reception about a discotheque called Stopteka and to get there I had to walk through Tivoli Park which was an amusement park. Using my press card which was good enough to get me a backstage pass to a Grateful Dead concert in Vancouver I entered the discotheque which just opened. I had a couple of drinks with the owner. The music was excellent for a change. The owner said 50% of the guests were students. Ljubljana is a big student town. The club is dead until 9 at which time it fills up. Ten guys to a girl and they all have waist high pants and shirts open to their navels. I danced with some girl from London and was back to my room a 02:00 to see someone sleeping in the other bed.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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