Quiet, Quaint Maribor
Maribor Travel Blog› entry 8 of 13 › view all entries
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As I said, the train ride to Maribor was great. Very relaxing, although I was a bit tired from my sleep deprivation the night before. The colors on the leaves in the mountains were very nice.
I arrived in Maribor and phoned my couch surfing hosts from my cell phone. “we'll be right over” said Bojan. (I'm still not sure how it's pronounced.) What color is your car?” I asked. “I'm on foot, we live only two-hundred meters! He replied.
A few minutes later a young couple in their early twenties walked up to greet me.
Blanka, had organized a walking tour for us, so after they let me use their computer to check my e-mail (I couldn't get my laptop to connect to the server) we went on a walking tour all over Maribor. It is Slovenia's second largest city. Like all of the Slovenian cities I've seen, it was very tidy and clean. We saw churches and universities, government palaces and statues. Maribor straddles a huge river, which eventually runs into the Danube.
After our walk, we stopped at a restaurant and had dinner. They had the goulash, but I ordered from an
English menu and got something that said “Stuffed chicken breast with side of cooked pumpkin.” When it arrived it was a grilled butterflied-fillet chicken breast with a piece of grilled ham sitting on top, and surrounded with breaded, deep fried zucchini slices. It was all very tasty, but I think something got lost in the translation.
Back at the flat, we put a movie in the DVD player. I watched from the twin bed and they from the double. By the time the movie was over, we were all ready to sleep, and Blanka had already fallen asleep.
I heard her alarm go off around 6:AM, but then I didn't know anything until 7:45 when I heard Bojan in the shower.
Blanka is a guidance counselor at a high school in a village 35 Km away, and has to commute everyday.
So, as I compose this I am on a train headed for Slovakia. I have just crossed the border into Austria, and will have to change trains in Vienna, then cross the border again, to arrive in Bratislava, the Capital.
Auf wetiersein friends.