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  • So haben wir uns Freitag zu Mittag aufgemacht und sind die 3,5h nach Laibach gefahren um dort ganz gemütlich Silvester zu verbringen :) nach einer Fahrt bei traumhaftem Wetter sind wir sehr nett von Petra, der Besitzerin unseres Apartments, empfangen worden. Nach dem Check-in sind wir auch schon sofort losgewandert um uns die Stadt näher anzusehen. Man muss dazu sagen, dass man durch das Zentrum ca 15 min geht und das wars dann auch schon wieder :) tja, Laibach ist halt klein 😁😁

    Wir hatten uns einen Tisch in einem sehr tollen Restaurant oben auf der Burg reserviert aber da wir es tatsächlich geschafft haben zu verschlafen nachdem wir uns noch kurz hingelegt hatten, beschlossen wir es für den Abend zu lassen und uns für den 31. auszuruhen.

    An besagten Silvestertag sind wir früh auf, haben schnell einen tollen Brunch in einem französischen Café genossen und sahen uns dann die Burg, den Hauptplatz mit seinen 3 Brücken und noch etwas mehr der Innenstadt an. Und der obligatorische Magnet für unsere Sammlung am Kühlschrank wurde auch erstanden. ☺

    Da am Abend die Temperaturen nicht wärmer als -10 grad waren packten wir uns dick ein und klapperten einpaar Bars ab. Ziemlich tiefgefroren wurde von 10 runter gezählt und das tolle Feuerwerk von der Burg bestaunt. Da es wirklich erbärmlich kalt war sind wir um ca 00:30 zuhause gewesen und waren sehr sehr froh im warmen Bett zu liegen.

    Die Rückfahrt verlief angenehm und sehr sonnig, bis Baden ungefähr, da gabs dann natürlich Nebel und Wien empfing uns grau, kalt und grauslig.. Wir können den nächsten Trip kaum erwarten.

    Happy new year euch allen!!! 🍀
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  • Zgodnje vstajanje in do doma nas loči samo še pot na letališče in dva dolga leta do Zagreba, potem pa užitki domače postelje. Ta zapis nastaja nekje nad Indijo, ko so še vtisi sveži. Malezija torej, zanimiva izkušnja. Tudi zato, ker je to bilo prvo tako dolgo potovanje na drug konec sveta z malo popotnico, ki se je super odrezala. So bili trenutki, ko smo bili vsi utrujeni, žejni, lačni, ko smo rabili počitek, pozornost, ampak vse skupaj smo se imeli izredno lepo. Potovanje nam je srečno teklo, nihče ni imel niti en dan kakršnihkoli težav z želodcem. Na vročini in vlagi je treba ogromno piti, naslednjič moramo biti še bolj pridni, saj smo se proti koncu kar malo "opustili", kar je morda botrovalo k vročini male popotnice predzadnji dan. Sicer pa mirno rečem, da je mala popotnica oz. "Little princess", kot so jo prav vsi klicali povsod v Maleziji, včasih bila celo bolj trpežna od staršev :)

    Malezija, muslimanska država, multi kulturni svet, kjer vse štima. Že prihod iz letala pred dobrimi dvemi tedni je bil zanimiv. Povsod opaziš opozorila in zagrožene kazni, ne smeš kaditi, kazen 2000 EUR in 3 leta zapora, imaš drogo, smrtna kazen z obešanjem, in tako povsod. Tudi prvi stik z ljudmi je tukaj malo drugačen, na Tajskem so nas zasipali s smehom in prijaznostjo, tukaj deluje vse bolj resno. Pot iz letališča do Kuala Lumpurja že da videti, da je Malezija bogata država. Povsod gradijo in tako je dejansko povsod, kamorkoli smo potovali. Povsod rastejo novi resorti, bloki, naselja, centri. Kuala Lumpur kot metropola upraviči svoj sloves, vendar mi ves blišč in vrtoglave cene v luksuznih nakupovalnih središčih nista tako zanimiva. Večje doživetje je bilo preizkušati hrano v Chinatownu, kot pa hoditi po centrih. Dejstvo je, da so cene enake našim, oziroma tisto kar oni uvozijo "od nas", celo za spoznanje dražje. Kar pa je drugo dejstvo, za potovati z otrokom je Malezija super država. Povsod imajo urejeno vse za otroke. Greš pogledat Petronas dvojčka, je zraven super park, ki ima poleg igral tudi kopališče na odprtem za otroke, zraven je aquarium, na Penangu je ogromno raznoraznih atrakcij kot so "Upside down museum" itd...greš v nakupovalni center, pa je noter pravi zabaviščni park z vlakom smrti, skratka, otrokom ne bo dolgčas in imajo tako dobro urejeno, da še starši uživamo.

    Prevozi znotraj države so tekoči, ceste so urejene, tu pa tam se vidijo ob cestah tudi opice (seveda ne na avtocestah), mnogo bolje kot v drugih državah JV Azije, skratka, veš da si v Aziji, pa vseeno ni tistega občutka, ki ti ga da prvič Tajska ali Vietnam recimo. Svet se tukaj dejansko meša, Malezijci, Kitajci, Indijci, živijo v resnično slogi in miru. Nikjer nikdar ni bilo čutiti kakršnekoli napetosti, tudi muslimanska molitev iz zvočnikov 4x na dan je nekaj povsem normalnega. Tisto kar je očitno, je to, da težje dobiš alkohol in da so relativno strogi glede kajenja, saj na ogromno atrakcijah, mestih, parkih, itd. ne smeš kaditi, kar sicer ni slabo. Alkohol v restavracijah je prisoten pri Kitajcih in Indijcih, pa še kaki Indijci ga nimajo, ostalo pa so kar povečini brezalkoholne pijače, še dobro da so naravni sokovi odlični. Pa za WC imejte s seboj vlažilne robčke, ker je ponavadi samo cev z vodo.

    Ljudje so prijazni, vendar vseeno ne tako "topli" kot na Tajskem recimo. Taxiji imajo več ali manj povsod določeno tarifo, tako da vsaj nimaš občutka, da te kdo prinese okoli. Penang in Langkawi sta zanimiva otoka, vendar niti en mi ne daje občutka, da bi bil top lokacija za plažo. Langkawi je večji in ima lepe plaže, vendar se na te lepe plaže moraš pripeljati. Predvidoma s čolnom. Zagotovo so plaže in otok na vzhodni strani lepša izkušnja z morjem in mivko. Penang in Langkawi sta v redu, vendar ne kristalno čista voda in norenje ob in na plaži na Langkawiju z vsemi možnimi prevoznimi sredstvi ne daje občutka, da je "na easy". Zato tisti, ki želite belih plaž s kristalno čistim morjem, Tajska, Maldivi ali vzhodna obala Malezije oz. kam drugam.

    Hrana je odlična, kjerkoli smo jedli, je bilo okusno, odlično. Kljub vsemu še vedno mislim, da je hrana v Vietnamu bila najbolj raznolika in okusna, Tajska pa takoj zatem. Čeprav najdeš v Maleziji vse našteto, kakor tudi seveda hrano vseh nacij, ki tu živijo, pujska ni. Govedina, piščanec, morska hrana v vseh oblikah, tofu in zelenjava. Pa radi imajo čili in vse je dobro začinjeno, kar ni nič slabega. Verjetno pa vsem to ne ustreza, ampak se ni treba bati, saj je za t.i. zahodnjake poskrbljeno z vso paleto verig hitre prehrane in podobno.

    Je dražja Malezija kot ostala Azija, ampak ni pretirano. Celotni budget potovanja je bil 1.283 EUR za avio karte z zavarovanjem rizika odpovedi, cca 1900 EUR za vse notranje prevoze, 2x bus, 2x notranji let, vsi taksiji, vse nočitve, vsa hrana in pijača, skratka vse. Vse skupaj za tri osebe torej cca 3200 EUR za 17 dni.

    Malezija je lepa, krasna, zanimiva. Morda je ravno kapital kriv, da so ljudje drugačni, da je morda preveč vsega. Nič ni to narobe, vsekakor je to potovanje bilo super, dejstvo je, da sta npr. Vietnam in Tajska naredila name večji vtis. Po vrnitvi iz Tajske sem želel z enosmerno karto nazaj, danes si želim domače postelje in ko bomo oprali popotniški prah iz sebe, počasi naredili nove plane. Za tja, kjer še nismo bili.
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  • Didn't write last night because we had too much fun and got into our room really late. We got into Piran which is in the farthest west coast point of Slovenia. Absolutely stunning. Climbed the bell tower,146 steps to the top, and took some great photos. Walked the promenade and had a great lunch. Drank some wine in our room and then met a couple of guys for drinks later. Had a ton of fun laughing and joking with them. One was from Bosnia and the other was local. The weather was warm sunny and 17 degrees.
    We were supposed to get a ride to Trieste Italy but had to grab a cab instead. We got into Trieste at 11 am. Christy crashed and I headed into town to explore.
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  • Beautiful little country. Stayed in a hotel just outside the capital (Ljubljana - try and pronounce that) that was the friendliest I've ever been to. Owners just couldn't do enough. It was well after lunch when I arrived and asked if there was something light I could have from the kitchen - ended up with a veal roast, vegatbles, salad and the obligatory bread I couldn't jump over. Kept asking me if it was alright so I was obliged to eat the lot 😨. I had to settle for a fruit dinner in case I exploded.

    Slovenia was designed by a god that loves motorbikes - beautiful scenery and fantastic roads. I'll post pics in my next footprint for Kranjska Gora. In the meantime I'll leave you with a pic of a little church and some food.

    Ohh, a lot of the hotels are pet friendly....pretty much whatever pet you want to travel with. A small compact car pulled up for an overnight stay - mum, dad 2 kids, 2 huge dogs and a smaller one. No idea how they fited them in the car, or their room!!!!
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  • Another day in Črniče. We hiked to the end of town, found a rough trail to a gurgling river and followed it upstream among the boulders and dense trees. We returned to have lunch at the Arkade tourist farm and the food was so good. We had intended to eat a light lunch, but at the insistence of the owner, Silva, we each had a dish of mangalitsa pork that the Cigoj family raises. I've never tasted pork like that. It was rich, deep and delicious. Silva cajoled into trying one of her light, refreshing white wines made with a grape that is unique to Slovenia, Malvazija. It was indeed refreshing and bright - it tasted of a breezy sunlit Saturday or maybe that was just my imagination. This region of Slovenia is subject to seasonal intense winds they call The Bora (or Burja), which can reach up to 120 mph. The intensity and impact of these winds has shaped the towns and landscape. Towns are packed tightly, with labyrinthine roads hedged by high walls or houses themselves. Terra cotta roofs are kept in place by stones (pictured).Read more

  • I thought that mountain road behind Zargreb had some twists and turns. The roads and scenery to this Alpine resort town are just fantastic. Lots of people visiting tjough nothing like during the ski season. The scenery just kept getting better each time I went around a corner, and there were lots and lots of corners. The roads, leading up to the alpine pass (Vrsiska road) were prefect for motorbike riding mostly good fast speed corners on almost perfect tarmac. But the alpine pass was something else steep and sharp corner after sharp corner. As you get closer to the top the hairpins are all cobbled rather than bitumen, I'm guessing it needs less maintenance but it's quite rough and makes it interesting on a motorbike and there were motorbikes everywhere. The hairpins are numbered 1 to 50 and it climbs almost 1000 metres in a very short space.

    I did see one funny/strange sight. A hiker walk along the road had 6 or 7 sheep following him, when ever he stopped did they, when he went off again, so did they. He just looked at me, shrugged his shoulders and said they had been following all afternoon and he couldn't get rid of them. I guess if he got lost he could always have lamb for dinner.

    I stayed at a resort in town (much cheaper in summer) the room and food were great and the views of the surrounding mountains were beautiful.

    Down the other side of the range the next day, nowhere near as steep..but fantastic riding, and I'll be in Austria.
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  • Still in need of water and a toilet emptying facility, we got on the motorway, set the cruise control to 80kmph and the sat nav for a stopover in Jeruzalem, Slovenia. After border controls, where we were waved through with only a flash of our closed passports, we started to pass through Slovenian towns and noticed a marked improvement in the quality of the houses compared to those in Croatian towns. Many were brightly painted with detail around the window frames, their gardens ornamental as opposed to practical. We put this down to the effect of the recent Croatian war.

    Jeruzalem stopover was in the Tourist Information car park, down from the church with great views of hillside vineyards. We had hoped to get a toilets key from the tourist information office in order to fill a few containers of water but unsurprisingly it was closed!
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  • After settling into our hotel we walked around the city. The old town is situated along the banks of the Ljubljanica river and is an interesting mixture of 17th-19th century architecture from the mediterranean (particularly Italy), Germany and eastern Europe (a nod to its past as part of the former Yugoslav republic). Like many European cities that had its roots in pre-medieval times, there is a castle on a hill looming over the town. We hiked up and enjoyed some great views from the top.Read more

  • Hello to all of you! And welcome to our blog! :)

    In a day our French-Italian adventure begins. This will also be our first home-exchange, well not just first its our first seven home-exchanges we are making on this trip :) and we are very excited to do it! For people unfamiliar with home exchange. We are exchanging homes with like-minded people who want to see Slovenia, so they are coming to our home in Ljubljana and we are going to their homes in France and Italy. We will be writing more about that later on. We wanted to share a map with you so you will have an idea where we will be going and if you have any ideas what to see or experience on our trip please don't be shy and share :).

    Jure and Sanja :)
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  • I stopped along the way for a hot chocolate (the pic shows it was so thick thst the spoon stood straight up in it....couldn't drink it, had to eat it). And met 3 guys ftom Germany doing a 2 week European bike trip.

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