This week, students taking LUX 201: Self-Determination and Regionalism in Europe embarked on their study tour. The group traveled to Ljubljana, Slovenia to learn about Slovenian history and explore the beautiful country.
On Monday, students visited the National Assembly (the Slovenian Parliament), where they were addressed by the Secretary General of the National Assembly and learned about Slovenia’s separation from Yugoslavia from a member of the National Council. Students then toured the Ljubljana Castle and got a great view of the city from the top of the lookout tower before having some time to explore the city on their own.
On Tuesday morning, students visited some of Ljubljana’s museums, including the National Museum of Contemporary History and the National Gallery. After a short lunch break, the group traveled to the University of Ljubljana for a lecture on Yugoslavia and its eventual breakup. Then there was more time to explore the city that night!
On Wednesday, students started the day interviewing Slovenian citizens to learn more about the country, before setting out on a guided food and walking tour of the city. Over the next five hours, students tried multiple Slovenian dishes, including sardines, squid, turnip soup, sausage, pumpkin seed ice cream, cheese dumplings and layer cake!
Students traveled to the town of Bled on Thursday, where they visited a beekeeping farm and even got to make their own beeswax candles! This was followed by a visited to a pletna bowl workshop and a ride on an authentic pletna boat to the island in the middle of Lake Bled! Students had lunch at a traditional restaurant before visiting another lake, this time in the town of Bohinj!
Wrapping up the tour on Friday, students visited the underground Skocjan caves and a Lipica horse farm before continuing on to the city of Piran located on Slovenia’s coast.
All students loved the trip and now have a much deeper understanding and appreciation on Slovenian culture.