Ljubljana and me

Glimpses,photos & experiences of a foreigner living in Slovenia, Ljubljana

What I think of Ljubljana

For some time now, I’m struggling in my head to write about Ljubljana, how I see it and I always end up thinking of Slovenians and how I got to know them. There is no way to think of Ljubljana and not think of the nation that created it. This city is made by people and for people. Always was so, through the history, what kept this town together were the people. And it shows, for a foreigner eyes, for my eyes.

If Slovenia gathers on its territory all kinds of natural beauties, from spectacular landscapes till the highest peak of the Julian Alps, I consider Ljubljana to be the hand made jewel of Slovenia and treated alike. Sometimes I’m calling it the city of creations, there are no streets,parks or buildings that wont show signs of creation, under any form : fountains,monuments, ornamental stones, street paintings,open air exhibitions and concerts,beautiful graffiti etc. Also commemorative stones or monuments that reflect over the past of the nation and made them who they are today. Slovenians are truly dedicated to their national identity and I often wondered how it survives  to what other cultures are bringing . But it still survives in Ljubljana, its people are very tolerant.

I find entire town to be very green, I still love it that i can find spots in nature, either by the river side – Ljubljanica river or up the hill to The Ljubljana Castle, where I can rest with Tasha, enjoying calming views. Most of center streets are pedestrian only, no cars are allowed but bikes. That’s why is very possible to find really good offers for bikes or even to rent a bike,from points all over the city center. Through the entire town are squares- trg that are “talking” about the local history and important Slovenians, and offer shadow under old trees and don’t be surprised when you will find gardens in the heart of the city. Slovenians know how to work the earth and show a great respect towards nature.

Slovenians not only know that love goes through stomach but they have a cult of it and for that I am not missing any opportunity to go to The Ljubljana Central Market. The experience of it makes me want to return the next day to get more!  Pretty much everything sold there is either home grown or home made,  And all around the market and city center are restaurants and gostilna  that will delight everyone with the local culinary offer. As for entertainment and parties, Ljubljana is the place you wanna be. For the street festivals, open air concerts,theaters, bars and atmosphere are people by all ages,from all over Slovenia coming for,

As for the people that live in Ljubljana I see a mix of many nations, I hear being talked on the streets from English till Spanish, Italian or the languages from the ex-Yugoslavia countries.- Croatian , Bosnian or Serbian. The mix of cultures can best be tasted in the local fast food menus that are offering traditional Serbian pljeskavica and ćevapčići. or heard on the streets of city center, where bands sing typical Serbian or Bosnian party music. When  I wanted to get a taste of typical Slovenian party music , I went to a festival,in one of the villages around Ljubljana 🙂

Ljubljana gives me a taste of what Slovenians are about or who they wish to be. And I like it. This town is alive and tolerant:)


2 comments on “What I think of Ljubljana

  1. Kris Mole
    August 7, 2013

    I was fortunate enough to be a foreigner living in Ljubljana for three years. I am unfortunate, however, that I haven’t had the opportunity to return to the city that I love as my own since 2008.

    Loved reading this. Understand it completely.


    • Mona Alexa
      August 8, 2013

      Hope you’ll get the chance to return! and it remained alive as you remember it:)


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