18th May 2019
It was a busy day, back to back meetings, presentations, assignments to be completed and 24 hours not enough for the day when it struck that I should now stop and take a break! Sometimes a pause helps to rejuvenate, take a step back and think. I thought of helping my wife in the kitchen.
“Work is just a part of life, let’s explore!”, that was the guiding thought which led me to Slovenia. It was a short, impulsive but a very memorable trip that remains in my diaries forever
We arrived in Slovenia early in the morning. (6 AM) We did not want to waste a single second. No luggage, just me , my wife and my lovely 5 year old, all excited for a new adventure. We had our morning coffee in the café in Ljubljana central station, picked up a sandwich and started walking towards the old city.
We saw the lovely grand Union hotel, the mark of the city, the river Ljubljanica and its famous bridges. It was really great to explore the old city without the crowd, you have all the grandeur and the austerity to yourself.
Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle
There was more to do, we had booked a private trip to Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle. We arrived near the Union hotel where we were picked up by our friend, guide and the philosopher Vladimir. Vladimir was full of life and experiences, his favorite quote “Ciao Mama”. While we were with him in the car we got to know a lot about Slovenia, it’s culture, the weather, villages and natural calamities.
We drove past the beautiful villages of Slovenia, the scenic beauties of cloud covered mountains and the unpredictable weather. It was really surprising to understand how the price of the land was so much dependent on the type of soil so different from one end of the street to the other. Even the weather and it’s influence on the lives of the people. Slovenian villages are very prone to heavy floods. Every family has a flood volunteer trained and expert in handling such situations. Finally we arrived in Postojna cave– the queen of all caves. A magnificent natural marvel. It is so surprising to see how nature makes it ways.
The flowing river Pivka created these magnificent stalactite and stalagmite caves, We were dumbstruck by natural beauty. The philosopher in me compared this to our life, this is how challenges in life transform you as a person. The bigger the challenge, the more evolved a being you become.
We then left the beautiful Postojna caves and proceeded to Predjama castle. A castle carved within the mountains and caves in 13th century. It teaches a clear lesson: if you want to build an impregnable fortification, put it in the gaping mouth of a cavern halfway up a 123m cliff. Its four storeys were built piecemeal over the years from 1202, but most of what you see today is from the 16th century. It looks simply unconquerable. We had authentic Slovenian lunch. As I am a vegetarian, I was left with very few options. I enjoyed the red wine of Slovenia and grilled vegetables and cheese. It was sumptuous .
|Old town walk||6AM|
|Postojna Caves||10 AM|
|Predjama Castle||12 PM|
|Boat trip||3 PM|
Food: Mushrooms of Slovenia, cheese
Drinks: Slovenian Wine and Beer (Union recommended)
Day trips: Postojna Caves, Lake Bled, Predjama castle through www.tripcultr.com
Must carry items: A camera
Back to Ljubjlana
The day trip here ended and we proceeded towards Ljubljana again. We reached Ljubljana at 3 in the evening. We then moved towards the old town took a boat trip to enjoy the river, bridges and the scenic locations. Post the boat trip we headed straight towards the Ljubljana castle on top of a hill. We took a short trekking trip and went around the castle. Ljubljana Castle, standing on a hill above the city for about 900 years, is Ljubljana’s main attraction. The castle’s Outlook Tower and ramparts offer some of the most beautiful views of the city, while the castle houses a museum exhibition on Slovenian history, a puppet museum, and a number of historical rooms such as the Chapel of St George, the Prison, and a video presentation room called Virtual Castle.
We were now tired and hungry post this trek and walk, We took the funicular transport back to the city and wanted to have dinner. This time we dropped by a Mexican restaurant in the heart of the old town. Great food and ambience. We filled our stomachs with Fajita and sizzlers. After an eventful day it was now time to say goodbye to Slovenia.
What I learned from the trip
Life is too short, take time from your busy life and explore
New culture, places food and amazing people—Ciao Mama Vladimir
Spending time with your family and loved ones is equally / sometimes even more important as your presentation to senior management
Work life balance will increase your productivity by 20%. I finished all my work on time post my holiday