I finally finished my crazy week of constantly moving and found time to relax, talk to friends, publish a few blog posts and enjoy this city. It felt so good not to worry about seeing things in a short space of time. I spent the whole first morning chatting with a friend about travel, music and our projects. At lunch I thought I better get out and so went to Ananda, a vegan restaurant recommended by a fellow traveler. It was a great tipoff and the food was great. A lot more filling than a lot of vegan restaurants I have been to and all for around $5 including tea.
I walked around the old town and found many old buildings and even part of a wedding ceremony, complete with drums and horns. Although it seems nothing is perfect here, with most of the roads and paths in need of maintenance, no one seems to care. They seem more interested in hanging out at the park and relaxing than worrying about minute details.
I like this kind of city, a little rough around the edges but cheap and interesting. It seems to have escaped tourism, at least at this time of the year. Though most people speak English I still got the occasional non english greeting.
The next day I met up with a Global Village alumni who I was connected with by another friend from GV. It was great to meet her and be shown around the city by someone who I could be instant friends with. It was also great to be able to ask all of the strange questions that I wouldn’t usually speak to the average person on the street about. Like the religious practices and family life.
I find life in Europe very interesting as they are very family orientated and have many more traditions than my family does, attributable to the long history of these countries compared to the ‘European’ traditions we practice in Australia.
We walked up to the old fortress, which is filled with shops and cafe’s, with a great view over the river. It is a huge fortress, the second largest in Europe. I loved how it was still upkeep for the sake of shopping, relaxing, and even hosting a music festival though I wasn’t there for that.