Well, today royally sucked. A total waste of a day, despite the best laid plans… I wanted to go to Predjamski Grad. It’s a castle near a town an hour away by train. According to the girls who work at the hostel it’s EASY to get there! Yes! There’s a shuttle bus that’ll take you right up there! Yup, in the *summer*. So I get to the Prodojca train station and ask how to get to the castle. She says walk 10 minutes into town and take a local bus. OK, no problem. It’s slightly cooler than it was yesterday, so I’m doing OK. I get into town and see a sign for the bus station. I go to the bus station and ask how to get to the castle. The woman is on the phone, so she says something into the phone and then hands it to me. WTF??? So I take the receiver and there is a voice telling me in very broken English to walk 1 km to the stairs. Oh, that makes it all so clear! I try to get better instruction, but that’s all I could get, walk to the stairs. I decide to just walk to the center of town to see if there’s a visitor info. booth, or a hotel where I could ask. Eureka! I see a info. center and walk in. I ask, how do I get to the castle? She says it is difficult, since there isn’t a bus to take you there. I ask about the shuttle, and that’s when I get the bad news about it not running yet. OK, so how else might I get there? She suggests a cab, that it costs 30 euro there and back. Hmmm, I’ve come all this way, I really want to see the castle, so YES, let’s call the cab! As she picks up the phone she says that he hasn’t been answering all day. It rings and rings, no answer. I jokingly ask her is there’s only one cab in town and she say YES! One cabbie who isn’t answering his phone. He’s probably sitting at the pub… So, I walk back to the train station in a huff to get back to Ljubljiana. So bummed, I totally wasted my day doing NOTHING! I walked around the area’s of Ljubljiana that I hadn’t seen yet, but I was soured… so not feeling it anymore. I still have tomorrow to try and get to Skocjan Caves. Hopefully that won’t be a wash too.
The castle I was seeking…
Dragon Bridge back in Ljubljana.
More “lovers locks” on the bridge, seems to be a common thing in Europe…
Freaky guys emerging from a bronze door of a church. Not very welcoming, are they? They kind of look how I imagined the guy playing the organ music would have looked last night.
So much graffiti here! Mostly this type of stencil stuff though.
Topping off my irritation, I really hate staying at the hostel. This is a Hostelling International Hostel, and it’s just awful. Dirty, really old and depressing. And the noise! Oh my god, these kids today are really noisy! Slamming doors, stomping around, yelling at each other at the top of their lungs. I feel like I have a house full of teenagers around me, and in fact I do! The hostel screwed up, so last night I had an 8 bed dorm all to myself, which was weird… I dislike bunk beds, and it just felt strange being in such a large room all alone. Now I’m in the room I was meant to be from the beginning, and it’s better (no bunk beds thankfully!) but I didn’t realise that there is a gnat problem here. I was reading and had the window open, when I suddenly realised that there were oh, about a million little black bugs all over the walls. I had to go on a major killing spree… My bed is right below the light, so the bugs are drawn to it, die and float down to my bedspread. I’ve already had to shake the dead ones off 3 or 4 times now. Ewww!
So big baby complaining session over… I still like Ljubljiana, I’m just a little annoyed that the people who are supposed to know what the heck they’re talking about gave incorrect information and wasted my time! I only had 2 full days here, I’d have like to have done something a *bit* more fun than sitting on a train and looking out the window at farmland. Twice.