I wish I could have the blog title “Bled in Bled” but I didn’t bleed… I just slipped a disc in my lower back. You would think that the chances of me getting injured running with the bulls in Pamplona or climbing mountainsin the Dolomites was much greater than getting injured in Bled. The ironic thing is that the injury had nothing to do with the whitewater rafting we did the day before. I injured my back getting out of bed in the morning. I have no idea what happened but as I was getting out of bed my legs didn’t work and I hit the ground. The pain in my back was incredible. I thought I just pulled a muscle or something so I rested for a bit and tried to stretch my back out and while it helped a bit I knew we had a problem.
Luckily I had travel insurance (a must when travelling abroad). I called them and they found a chiropractor less than 30km away from our hotel. The real amazing thing is that the chiropractor was from Detroit and was the only western trained Chiropractor in the whole country. Probably the only one within several thousand kilometers of us. We had to alter our plans a bit so I could get treatment and stay in bed to recover but in 5 days he had me back on my feet and walking without a problem. I got very lucky!!
It just goes to show you. Live it up. Go bungy jumping. Go sky diving. Go rock climbing. Go white water rafting. Go scuba diving. Go out and live life because you never know when you could be bedridden with a stupid injury from just getting up in the morning.
Travel Tip: If you ever have back problems anywhere near Slovenia give Chiropractor Donald Hopkins a call at 05/9940-636.
Lake Bled and the Church of the Assumption on Bled Island
Earlier in our European adventure, I blogged about one of the worst day tours we ever took and now we had one of the best day tours ever. It was the Emerald River Adventure tour run by 3glav adventuresin Bled, Slovenia. This tour had it all. History, beautiful scenery, hiking at the highest mountain pass in Slovenia, white water rafting on the Soca river, swimming at a secluded waterfall, visiting another waterfall (no swimming at this one but still very impressive), jumping from a ridiculously high bridge into emerald green water, a unique car train ride through a series of long tunnels, and all of this in one day long tour that costs less than 100 euros.
View of the Julian Alps in Bled, Slovenia
Packing all this stuff into one day wouldn’t work well if it wasn’t run by a good group of guys. You can tell they really care about their country and about showing tourists what it has to offer. Unlike many tour operators around the world, I didn’t feel like these guys were just in it for the money. They didn’t just want to get you in and out while emptying the most they can out of your wallet. This level of service has made them stand out. Just look at tripadvisor. They are rated the #1 thing to do in Bled and the reviews they have are as glowing as mine. Well done guys!!!
Jumping from a bridge into emerald green water. This guy had a very bad entry into the water... but first... ouch. I don't think he will be sitting down again for a while.
Slovenia doesn’t usually show up on the travelers radar as being an adventure capital. Switzerland usually holds that title but if you want the best service, the best bang for your buck, the best food, the best culture, look no further than Bled, Slovenia.
Girl fishing in Lake Bohinj
It’s also much, much cheaper than Switzerland. Just take a look at the price difference for a 3 hour cayoning tour. I know price isn’t everything but it makes a difference for travelers on the budget. Why pay twice as much in Switzerland for what is the same if not a better experience in Slovenia.
3 hour canyoning tour with 3glav in Slovenia – 55 euros
3 hour canyoning tour (they advertise it as a half day tour but its closer to a 2 hour tour with only 3 waterfalls to abseil down) with “Trekking Team” in Switzerland – 100 euros
Start of the Soca river. One of the many beautiful waterfalls in Slovenia.
Bled, Slovenia has a lot more to offer the adrenaline junkie. You can go hiking, mountain biking, sky diving, paragliding, rock climbing, and much more. You can also get very good 3-4 star accommodation for less than 75 euros per night (even in August).
Gearing up for whitewater rafting down the Soca River
Here is a short video of our whitewater rafting trip down the Soca River. It’s more of us jumping off of rocks, and floating down the river than actually rafting but still a great time just don’t expect class 5 Zambezi river like rapids.