We only got 4 wheels to see the world

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Do you feel like you’ve seen this picture before?

We took a similar picture on our road trip back from Thunder Bay in July and figured; let’s do this more often.

With some apprehension, we decided to rent a car so that we could visit caves in the South-Western part of the country. Postojna cave was the only one we ended up seeing- it was spectacular! It was so different than the caves I’ve seen in Canada and Laos. Unfortunately it was very much developed into a tourist attraction- which took away from the natural beauty of it. I’m used to caves in Laos being completely untouched and being allowed to roam free inside- oh well!

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Look at this beauty!!!! Unreal.

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Postojna

We ended our day in Portoroz, a small town on the ocean side. It was a family destination after all (so not too much for us), but offered a good day of relaxation nonetheless.

Ariane had her first hostel experience that night, filled with big snoring papas and weirdos! She got thrown right in there for a nice treat.

After little sleep, lots of sun and not much food, we set out for Croatia. Little did we know it would take us about 40 hours to make it there, instead of 6.

Sweating under the hot sun and carrying our backpacks, we arrived to the bus stop that would be our home for the next long hours. We waited, waited and waited some more for a bus that never came. The heat was draining our energy and our positivity- it felt like we had been there FOREVER. We got a refund and booked another bus for the following morning. 9:30am sharp.

So, Koper it was for the night.

The next morning: Tired eyes and sore backs, we make our way to that beloved bus stop once again.

9:30am: “Bus should be here any second!”

9:45am: “Ok, I’m sure the bus is just a bit late.”

10:00am: “Maybe there’s traffic?”

10:30am: “You have GOT to be kidding me.”

11:00am: “The ticket lady just called the company and they said they’d be here in 30 minutes.”

11:45am: “Well, looks like Slovenia hates us.”

12:00pm: We purchase a train ticket.

Departure time: 4pm

4:00pm: THE TRAIN WAS ACTUALLY THERE, HALLELUJAH!!!!

At last, we arrived in Croatia.

More about that soon!

-Marielle

Where’s Ljubljana?

wall art.jpgLooking at a map, wondering where we should go…

Croatia was a must, so we we picked a country beside it- Slovenia was the lucky winner!

My sister and I knew relatively nothing about Slovenia so figured it would be lots of fun to be immersed  in the unknown.

4 days in the capital of Ljubljana allowed us to get a good grasp on the country’s history and it’s general coming and goings. It was voted Europe’s 2016 Green Capital, and boy did it live up to that name! The streets were so clean and garbage disposal of all kinds were accessible throughout the city.

If you’ve ever seen the Slovenian flag, you know there is an image of a mountain on it. Some believe you can only be considered a “real Slovenian” if you’ve climbed it once in your life. Later in our travels we met two Dutch guys that climbed it- and without exaggerating, told us they thought they would die on multiple occasions. Ariane and I have our own interesting mountain climbing story- so stay tuned for that one, you won’t want to miss it.

Lots of photos below from our time in Ljubljana!

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Just my size of car!

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ArianeMarielle walking in Ljubljana

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More blog posts about our trip coming soon!

Thanks for reading 🙂

-Marielle