Coming in from Italy shortly after nightfall it seemed like I had covered 75 tunnels between the Italian border and Ljubljana, a hour and a half drive (mild exaggeration).
Ljubljana is a well organized city, comparable to any of the European capitals.
I had a chance to step out after a shower into the nightlife, first strolling along the banks of Ljubljanica across the Dragon bridge. As it always is, coincidentally I ran into a few kids who were out to have a happy Friday night. They showed me around and lead me to Matalchick. Without going into details of what happened there, and what was consumed, we moved on to the K4 club, which was a whole interesting experience of itself. K4 exposed a totally unexpected side of Ljubljana.
Ljubljana made the impression that it was not a very large capital city, but has all the trappings of it. City life, a young population, thanks to the universities, the working middle class actually earning healthy incomes, and of course it’s senior citizens.
There is something to the Slovenian that makes them actually western European, not southern European or eastern European. Is it it’s Catholic religion, is it it’s history, is it the universities, or is it sane political leadership — hard to say on the surface of it.
One thing is sure Slovenia makes the impression of being a second Switzerland in Europe. Small country of 2 million, A growing robust middle class, low profile, no international struggles — just a little place going about good business having a good life.
Even from a distance it’s not hard to say that corruption is not an impediment here, and probably doesn’t exist kn a rampant form.
Shall we draw comparisons? I think Slovenia is close to passing in Europe the prosperity of obviously all Balkan countries, southern European countries of Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece. For a tiny state of 2 million, they couldn’t have done better.
Hope to be back soon.