When we got to Bled we were staying at Castle Hostel, where the staff were super nice and gave us a very thorough introduction to the hostel and the area. They have an outside terrace area with a beautiful view and even though the skies were grey, we were greeted with a rainbow upon our arrival.
At this hostel you get a wristband with ‘Castle Hostel 1004 ….sleep with me…’ (cheeky) written on it (still wearing mine) that that entitles you to money off in certain restaurants and shops. So we went over to a fast food place, literally called FAST FOOD, and I got a vegetable kebab, which was surprisingly filling for vegetables. That evening we just went for a walk around the lake to look at the scenery. Bled is incredible, with the castle on the hill, the island in the middle of the lake, and the mountains that surround it, it looks like something straight out of a fairytale.
The next day we went to the supermarket to buy food for breakfast. Compared most of the other places we’d been Bled was super expensive, of course it was only around UK prices, but it was a big jump. This hostel had a free food table and fridge much like many of the other hostels, but this one seemed to be constantly overflowing with pasta and crisps so we lived off that mainly.
Then we headed for a go on the toboggan run which was €12 for 2 rides and a chairlift ride up each time too. The views from the top are amazing, and there’s a photo frame and place to put your camera so you can take nice photos. That’s the best jumping photo we managed to get. Shameful.
It’s a surprisingly wild ride down, you can brake or accelerate with your stick and I chose brake for 90% of the journey. Here’s my GoPro footage from my first run.
It was BOILING and I thought I had lost my Croatia hat so in order to not burn I went and bought a Lake Bled one from the shop. On my second go down I wore it and, of course, it went flying off my head when I went round a bend, duh. Now I’d spent £15 on hats and I wasn’t prepared to spend any more so I asked the guy at the bottom how to get it back. ‘By foot’ he said. Great. So I started making my way back up the hill, I could make it, it wasn’t that steep! Oh my god it was so steep. About halfway up I was exhausted but I thought ‘I’ve come this far, I can do the rest’. It got steep I couldn’t climb up anymore and I was scared to go down. There people on the chairlift and the toboggan looking at me like ‘what is this girl doing??’ I was stranded. I texted Lizzy to call Mountain Rescue (drama queen? Me?) I eventually had to give up and elegantly bumshuffle the entire way down, making my shorts muddy and my bum scratched. I bought a new hat. My advice: don’t wear a hat and don’t try to climb that hill.
After that I went back to the hostel to change and we ate some pasta for dinner. Then we decided to go and swim in the lake. I’d been dreaming this all day because it was so hot, and the lake was so cool and refreshing. Admittedly a little too refreshing for a full swim but we dipped our feet in.
We decided to try the local cuisine on the way back with some Bled Cake. Now, I don’t mean to be pedantic but this does not fit my definitions of a cake. It’s two bits of pastry filled with a kind of custard-cream and cream, and topped with about three inches of icing sugar. It was nice, if you like a lot of sugar (I do). Sorry for the terrible photo I can’t even use a GoPro properly, but you get the idea.
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