We had a lovely tour of the town this morning with a local expert. He told us many tidbits about the town of Lubjanja as well as Slovenia as a whole:
University. Free and students get one three-course meal per day. Beggars earn on average 5 euros per hour. The guide tried it and raised 15 euro in 45 minutes.
They have high taxes. taxes
Jumping off bridge is s poplar thing. One 90-year-old did to protest fascism and died.
Salary of the Mayer is 3000. Average 1000 and minimum is 650, after taxes.
Slovenians pride themselves in fairness and equality.
Rich people lose elections here.
They are known for honey and salt. From the sea.
Turks captured young boys, turned into soldiers and made them fight their own people so they aren't to thrilled with the Turks of old but are a very tolerant people otherwise. 90% catholic, but celebrate Reformation day because the Protestant priest produced the first books written in their own language.
Slovenia is known for "Disappearing" periodic lakes created by sinkholes.
Postojna cave. Main Caves. Karst means stone. 24 km of passages. Ine if the rooms can hold 10,000 people. It was an amazing place, with a train that took us through several km before we walked for three.
Inside the caves is an unusual "human" fish, a salamander. Early Slovenians called them baby dragons.
12 inches and pink. No eyes. Lives without food for up to six years.
on a side note, we ran into last year's tour guide at the cave! What a coincidence. Our current guide Irina knows Petra and pointed her out. It was so fun to see her again.
in the evening, we had our "dine-around" experience, where we could choose from one of three restaurants.