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Next stop: Slovenia

September 30th, 2009

The Osprey Brand Team, a group of ambassadors reporting from the field at consumer outdoor events across the country as well as reporting on adventures in their own neck of the woods, delivers the latest from new team member Aimee Cebulski who is on a 6-month world travel adventure. She’s taking an Osprey Sojourn 28 with her (from our new Travel Collection). This is her third update coming to you from Slovenia…

After two weeks in Western Europe, we decided to maximize our Eurail and hit some of Eastern Europe. Austria borders Slovenia so we headed to the capital town of Ljubljana.  We watched the countryside change as we trundled east and ventured into the land behind the former Iron Curtain.

We didn’t make any reservations and decided to wing it, even though this is a relatively small town for a capital city.  Luckily, the extremely friendly associate at the Tourist Information Center was able to book us in a nice, clean hotel just a short walk from the old town.  We were planning on staying only 2 nights, but we like it here and are taking a day trip to Zagreb, Croatia tomorrow…The plan was to actually go over to Zagreb and stay a night, but once we saw how close it was by train and the easier train connections to Venice from this region, we decided to turn it into a day trip.


Like most of Eastern Europe, Ljubljana is a city of contrasts – Ancient medieval castles and structures next to 60s era Communist block structures covered with graffiti of all colors and types.  We’ve dubbed it the “City of Cigarettes” because we find ourselves playing a game – how many people can we find at a café not smoking??  It’s a bit tough on the lungs but we are figuring out where to best position ourselves at each meal.

The food has been delicious so far and we’ve enjoyed wandering around the town, strolling the river and today we visited the obligatory castle high on the hill and the town market.  I’m attaching a few photos of the city, the castle, Passport Duck visiting the famous Dragon Bridge, etc.

We have no idea what to expect tomorrow in Zagreb, but we’re up for an adventure!  After Slovenia, we’ve booked ourselves 2 nights in Venice (thanks Internet for finding the smoking deal [not the third rate Pall Mall type]…) and then our last 2 nights in Europe will be in Milan – We fly to Cairo on October 1st.  Who knows what adventures lay ahead?!

sojourn28Features of the Sojourn 28 wheeled convertible pack: Our StraightJacket™ compression system has always been well-suited to the rigors of travel. Add the High Road™ Chassis to the mix and you’ve got the Sojourn. For those who want to reduce the hoist component of their haul time it can’t be beat. When you do need to carry the Sojourn our superb zip-away suspension is on the ready. You’ll also find foam sidewalls for keeping the load secure, while handy mesh pockets, clothing straps and front panel daisy chains maintain your organization. Colors available: Earth, Charcoal, Pepper. Sojourn Series.

For more information about Aimee, check out her bio page here.

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