Lonely Planet guidebook. You are seriously failing me on this trip.
In Nova Gorica right now, at the public library. Not entirely sure where Im going to sleep tonight. Need to go sort that out in about five minutes. But, in this town, and the last, Lonely Planet maps and information have not been awesome. Oh well, making do as I go.
Got up this morning and walked the 1km to the Postojna Caves. That was worth the hike and the ticket price. The cave is roughly 3 million years old and was discovered in 1818. It opened to the public in 1819 and I think the guide said they'd had electricity down there since 1824. Either way pretty impressive. When the crowd broke into groups by language for tours it looked like I was the only English speaker for a second. Then a lovely couple joined. She's South African, he's Swedish. She told me that military forces had stored ammunition in the cave, until the Allies figured it out and blew it up. I'd have to check that, but would make sense.
The caves were great, although my legs were hating me the whole time. We only walked about an hour and it wasn't too intense, but after yesterday's hike, I'm still feeling it. One couple brought a baby to the caves. Thought that was a bit odd. Not a toddler. A baby. In a cave. It was about 45 degrees and wet and dark in there. By the time we got to the ˝concert hall˝ the baby was wailing, so it echoed everywhere.
Caught the bus to Nova Gorica this afternoon. That took almost two hours and when I got here, I got lost, accosted by some annoying kids and a soccer ball and eventually ended up here at the library. It's been a slightly rough afternoon. Since I got here, nothing has gone quite right. Still haven't found the hostel, so I'm leaving momentarily to catch the bus to Rozna Dolina, which is about 4km away and where a hostel is. Hopefully, they have a room. Fingers crossed! Because if not, I'm a little bit screwed.
Tomorrow morning I'm walking across the Italian boarder to catch the train to Venice. And I do have a hostel booked when I get there. I'm tempted to just go now, since I'm pretty sure they aren't full, but I think Im too tired for that.
The ride from Postojna to Nova Gorica was nice though. Very green, saw some great churches and castles. And a Betty Boop bag on a local girl on the bus.
Well, booked hostels through May 14, except for tonight. And just missed the bus again. Have to wait another hour. It's too bad there aren't more accommodation options in this town. I'd like it better if there were.
Alright, done for now. Will be in Italia tomorrow and hopefully in a better state of affairs!