The last Saturday of Spring is a special Saturday in Ljubljana. Every possible event is scheduled for it. But really, how could it not be? Practically everyone buggers off to the coast or something like it on the following weekend and they don’t really come back until the end of August, so they use this Saturday for a last get together with friends. Last Saturday was no different. Well, one thing was better. The weather was fantastic! So of course we decided to document it for you.

We started off early (let’s just say that’s a matter of perspective) in Park Tabor. Športno društvo Tabor organized another garage sale in the park. They’re doing a great job – and it shows, there’s more people attending every event.

Next stop was Pogačarjev trg. You could smell the burgers waaay before that. The first Pivo & Burger Fest of the year was just starting. I’m consistently amazed at the number of new microbreweries that are showing up every year. A hundred meters away on Stritarjeva ulica people were worshiping a different kind of drink. Ljubljanska vinska pot is all about wine.

The first of the arts & crafts markets was happening at Gornji trg. Artish is a leading craft market in Ljubljana and is still doing a great job with its colorful and inspirational group of Slovenian crafters. The rival Art Market was set up on the other side of the river at Breg.

A bike ride away at the newly (mostly) car free Trg prekomorskih brigad the inaugural Šiška Open wasn’t yet in full swing, however there was still a lot to do. Plus eat the necessary hodok from Lepa Žoga. As we had more to do, we unfortunately missed the evening happening. A shame, but hopefully this will become an annual event.

We caught up with Parada ponosa at Slovenska ulica. The 17th Ljubljana Pride parade was colorful and loud to say the least.

The last stop of the day was at Muzejska četrt Metelkova. Poletna muzejska noč (Summer Museum Night) was in full swing by the time we got there. We chose Slovene Ethnographic Museum this year and weren’t disappointed.

There was a lot more happening in the city throughout the day, but this was the most we could handle. But hey, there’s always next year!

So, I’m not sure if you noticed, but Heidi was missing for a few weeks. Travelling around Scandinavia. Now that we’re back and we gathered our thoughts it’s time to share some wisdom with you.

The first thing is Swedish fika. You gotta love a country that has a special word for a moment to slow down and appreciate the good things in life while drinking a cup of good coffee accompanied by a delicious pastry. Yes fika is all that. You can do fika or have fika. You can do it alone or with friends, at home or on a train. It doesn’t matter as long as you are able to take some time off and enjoy the moment.

Coffee & pastry

I guess for Swedes, fika is nothing special, it’s just a moment in a day, but I’m really enchanted by the tradition. It seems a simple coffee break just got promoted and became a lifestyle. That is fika. And it’s great.

For a more scientific explanation of fika see video below.

Suspend the feeling of utter disbelief when you see this. Its actually real. It’s a proper, I hesitate to say, “sport” in Finland where some 10,000 girls are doing it. There’s even a national championship. Plus BBC reported on it – you can’t doubt the BBC! It is however quite bizarre, you can’t argue with that.

Hobbyhorsing in Finland

Hobbyhorsing in Finland

World, behold the wonder that is hobbyhorsing. There’s even a documentary about it.

via: Sheila Chipperfield Jnr

So, one day you decide to put a Go Pro camera into the water bucket and leave it to see if any animals will come to drink from it. Of course they come and the resulting video really made my day. The video was made by an interesting John Wells from The Field Lab also known as the Southwest Texas Alternative Energy And Sustainable Living Field Laboratory.

via: Geekologie

Need some coffee? I doubt this will help you quench your thirst, but it’s oddly soothing to watch. Finnish family owned company Paulig has been roasting coffee since 1876, so they know what they’re doing. They’ve teamed up with filmmaker Lucas Zanotto to create this mesmerizing clip. You won’t be able to stop watching it. Too bad we can’t actually taste it as well.

via: the awesomer

Saturdays in Ljubljana are always packed with people. This Saturday was no different but it had an additional twist. It was Earth Day. Even though there are many events to celebrate it every year, one stands out. The city divers yearly sweep of the Ljubljanica river. It’s important to stress one thing: they do this every year, so the pile of garbage on the photos is at most one year old. Hopefully every passerby thought about that.

There was another nice gesture by the city that caught our eye. Ljubljana tourism office decided to give away potted herbs. We walked away with a pretty sage plant. Hopefully you found something for yourself as well if you happened to walk by.

All in all it was a great spring Saturday. We can’t wait for the next one. What about you?

This is the line of 15,524 dominoes made by a professional domino artist Hevesh5 and in this video you’ll see the fall. You don’t have to click play just now if you don’t have the time, beacuse it lasts for five (!!!) minutes. Maybe save the link for an extra boring day 🙂

You know the internet is full of wonders. Great and not so great. I found these KUSA Grass Thongs by Yashin™. Yes, flip flops with a layer of fake grass on the soles to get the sensation of walking barefoot on grass.

Good idea? Bad idea? Decide for yourself, but I think I’ll just stick to my old flip flops and go barefoot only when I’ll want to.

Kusa flip flops