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Cabin Max Metz Backpack Review

Picking the right backpack is important because you will be using it in the years to come, although it can be very time-consuming AND confusing if you don’t know what…

Picking the right backpack is important because you will be using it in the years to come, although it can be very time-consuming AND confusing if you don’t know what to look for. There are many choices in the market (backpacks, suitcases, bags with wheels etc.), but if you prefer the ease of movement you will probably opt for a backpack.

Cabin Max Metz backpack is designed as a carry-on bag, allowing you to maximize your hand luggage allowance which means it’s a great choice for low-cost airlines such as WizzAir, RyanAir, Monarch, Germanwings, Norwegian and others. Of course it can be used for other means of transportation too. It’s especially handy if you travel by train.

As it’s really difficult to find a backpack that isn’t too expensive and that looks nice because most of the backpacks available online are dedicated to hikers, Cabin Max Metz is great for urban travelers.

Cabin Max Specifications;

  • weights 0.66 kg

  • measures 55 x 40 x 20 cm

  • sells in 14 colors

  • 3 year guarantee

  • 44 litre capacity

  • price: 31 EUR

  • Amazon user rating: 5/5

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I like the fact that the main section of the backpack opens like a suitcase. That’s good because once you open the bag you will be able to find your things easily. Unfortunately there are no straps or dividers inside the main compartment as you can see, so you will have to be creative while packing to maximize the use of the bag. Also note that if the bag is not fully packed your stuff inside will be mixed.

If you wonder what can be packed inside, that’s week’s worth of stuff! I found this bag to be even bigger than expected (or maybe I just prefer packing really light)! I’ve managed to pack: 3 pairs of jeans, 4 tshirts, sweater, pair of shoes, pair of pijamas, underwear and socks, toiletries, laptop and there was still some free space left. The bag doesn’t have a separate laptop pocket.

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There are two external pockets with great organizational ability. In these compartments you can put your passport, flight tickets, gadgets, keys etc. The bottom compartment is ideal for iPad for example.

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You could try to put your  laptop here but I don’t recommend it as it would make the bag look bulky from the outside.

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This is what the bag looks like when it’s full.

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Backpack straps are good and the bag is comfortable to carry although I think it’s not the best choice for some long-term backpacking or hiking. If you need a bag that you will have to carry for a few hours at a time you might want to get something else, but if you’ll be using it for short periods of time then you’ll be fine.

Pros;

  • affordable price

  • lightweight and roomy

  • nice design

  • great organizational ability of the external pockets

  • saves you time and money at the airport

Cons;

  • no laptop compartment

  • no dividers in the main compartment

FINAL THOUGHTS

I really like this bag. It’s fantastic value for money. I think it’s perfect for city-hopping in Europe and traveling by low-cost airlines and train. It’s nicely designed and budget friendly. It would be great if there were dividers in the main compartment and a laptop section but for this price you won’t be able to find a better carry-on bag. Some great but way more expensive alternatives are North Face Surge II backpack (82 EUR) and Minaal Backpack (219 EUR).

The Cabin Max Metz backpack is available on Amazon or you can buy it directly from the Cabin Max website. There are more than 20 different bags available on their official website.

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Škocjan Caves – A Must See in Slovenia

Slovenia is a country that is known for its karst terrain and which has more than 7,000 caves. Although Postojna cave is the biggest and the most popular one, these…

Slovenia is a country that is known for its karst terrain and which has more than 7,000 caves. Although Postojna cave is the biggest and the most popular one, these caves are less touristy and therefore more pleasant to visit.

Škocjan Caves consist of seven caves in total and they are part of UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites since 1986.

These caves were inhabited since prehistoric times, while the first explorations of the area commenced in the 19th century. The underground canyon in the caves is the largest of its kind in the world.

The only way to visit the caves is through tours which are led by professional guides of the park and which last an hour and a half. The constant temperature inside is 12 degrees so bring a light jacket or sweater. Photos are not allowed because the ecosystem could be disturbed.

You will see many beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, but the most impressive part of the tour was walking down the stairs and reaching the bridge which is located above the Reka river, some 45 meters above. This of course gives you the feeling, as if you were in Indiana Jones movies.

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The bridge above Reka river (Photo: Flickr/sitomon under CC)

While this may seem scary, the trails are safe and not too physically challenging as you’ll have to walk around 1.5 km. But be sure to wear comfortable shoes because surface can be slippery.

Exiting the cave, you will be able to see the view of the underground canyon of the Reka River, where you can take photos.

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At the end of the tour, the elevator takes you back to the top, but if you have time I suggest you to visit surrounding villages Škocjan and Betanja, which are part of Škocjan Educational Trail. This should also last about an hour and a half but the nature is really beautiful so it’s worth it. The Škocjan Caves are home to an incredible amount of flora and fauna: 250 varieties of plants and 15 different types of bats.

Skocjan Caves Betanja

If you have the time I suggest staying here overnight and exploring the amazing nature of this area.

Prices for tours are as follows;

Adults                 16.00 €
Senior citizens      12.00 €
Students             12.00 €
Children               7.50 €

 To learn more about this place visit the official website of the park.

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Photo Essay: Sightseeing in Ljubljana, Slovenia

These photos were taken during my trip to Ljubljana, which coincided with Easter. Because of this and the bad weather, the city was empty and the streets were mostly filled…

These photos were taken during my trip to Ljubljana, which coincided with Easter. Because of this and the bad weather, the city was empty and the streets were mostly filled with tourists. It was even incredibly difficult to find a hostel which is open.

Anyway since Ljubljana is a small city you can see all the attractions in one day, without having to rush from one place to another.

Photos from a day of sightseeing in Ljubljana

Sightseeing in Ljubljana - Laško beer and a broken TV

Laško beer and a broken TV

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Sightseeing in Ljubljana - Slovenian cuisine

Sightseeing in Ljubljana - Restaurant Vodnikov hram

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On the way to Ljubljana castle

On the way to the castle

 Inside the Ljubljana castle

Inside the Ljubljana castle

View from the Ljubljana castle

The view from the Ljubljana castle

 Exhibition inside the castle, Ljubljana

Exhibition inside the castle

Franciscan Church Ljubljana

Franciscan Church of the Annunciation

 Ljubljana streets

 Ljubljana street art

The hanging shoes, Ljubljana

The hanging shoes

The hanging shoes Ljubljana

For more info on Ljubljana visit Slovenia Tourist Board’s official website.

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Underground Culture in Rog Factory Ljubljana

Soon after World War Two, Rog Factory Ljubljana was a place for manufacturing bicycles and typewriting machines until the early 90’s when the production was closed. Since then the abandoned…

Soon after World War Two, Rog Factory Ljubljana was a place for manufacturing bicycles and typewriting machines until the early 90’s when the production was closed. Since then the abandoned factory represents an alternative open space for users who developed cultural and artistic scene on site.

Rog Factory Ljubljana

The first thing you see when entering the territory of ROG is a panel labeled “Staying at your own risk on the ROG factory area“. After 15 years of falling apart in the center of Ljubljana this abandoned factory was occupied by alternative artists.

The city of Ljubljana plans to renovate this area on the basis of public-private partnership which would transform it into Contemporary Arts Centre with exhibition spaces, studios, artist in residence programmes, educational facilities but also with commercial spaces such as apartments, shops, restaurants, hotel and more. Of course, the main problem is that idea tends to be in favour of private commercial space which would make 80% of the total area.

ROG is a place where different people gather and where friendships are formed, mainly among people who work on joint projects. All that lead to creation of a new community which is known as “Rogovci“.

Besides these joint projects, they even formed their own media. Through its newsletter ROG notifies the local community with the activities that happen there and through their radio they allow young voices to be heard.

The main motto of the community is based on “temporarity”. “We do not plan things that can not be realized in less than three days” they say.

And while the future of ROG is now uncertain, this will still be a place where people of different professions gather and create in a space free of racism, hierarchy and discrimination.

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Zagreb’s Museum of Broken Relationships

“The Museum of Broken Relationships encourages discussion and reflection not only on the fragility of human relationships but also on the political, social, and cultural circumstances surrounding the stories being…

The Museum of Broken Relationships encourages discussion and reflection not only on the fragility of human relationships but also on the political, social, and cultural circumstances surrounding the stories being told. The museum respects the audience’s capacity for understanding wider historical, social issues inherent to different cultures and identities and provides a catharsis for donors on a more personal level” the EMF’s (European Museum Forum) judging panel noted this when awarding it as Europe’s most innovative museum in 2011.

It all started as a traveling exhibition based on the idea of failed love relationships. Anyone can donate an object which represents their broken relationship along with a story and objects could be anything from a fluffy toy and music CD to something more extreme as an axe. You can also become a donor and send your exhibit. Donors come from all over the world, from neighboring Serbia to far Japan.

Stories are usually packed with humor, hatred and hurt. The exhibition was shown in cities like Amsterdam, Paris, Istanbul, Singapore, Belgrade, Berlin and Ljubljana.

Winter coat and love notes - Museum of Broken Relationships Zagreb

I was determined to marry her. After two months I called her. She told me that she was in love with another guy who lived near her home. No words came from my mouth, tears ran like a new river from my eyes, and I hung up. I never called her again. My heart was broken very badly, I cried a lot. I spent many sleepless nights. Still her memories are chasing me, still I am crying. She left me alone. Months passed. I moved to my national capital of Delhi. Still it hurts” says an Indian guy Prasanth who donated love notes and winter coat.

“Love is a violent recreational sport. Proceed at your own risk. Helmets, armor, and steel-toe boots are required by law.”

H.C. Paye

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You move on and the next exhibit says “Given to me by an American “boyfriend” when I was 17 and inscribed “for _____ who charmed the savage wolf”. I didn’t know that he would hound my parents for years and would eventually have a sex change and steal their name for his new persona.”

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Axe in the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb

And here’s an “Ex-Axe” story or to be more detailed a story of two lesbians and an axe being promoted to a therapy instrument. After being left for another woman by her partner, this woman from Berlin decided to chop her ex’s furniture. “Two weeks after she left, she came back for the furniture. It was neatly arranged into small heaps and fragments of wood. She took the trash and left my apartment for good.

“Love is an invited deal for losing peace.”
― Seema Gupta

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A Linksys router with a message “We tried. Not compatible.”

Not every museum will give you an emotional, thoughtful and funny experience like this one and that’s the reason I totally recommend it if you are in Zagreb.

And there’s something we shouldn’t forget;

“There is always love, hope and life after a broken heart.”
― Jelord Klinn Cabresos

The best example for this are Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić who founded this museum after their own relationship broke up!

Which object from your past relationship would you leave in the museum?

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Zagreb in 24 Hours

Although Zagreb is not the most popular destination in Croatia, it certainly is a place you should visit.  There are several features that define the city- great architecture, blue trams…

Although Zagreb is not the most popular destination in Croatia, it certainly is a place you should visit.  There are several features that define the city- great architecture, blue trams crossing the streets, young stylish Zagrebians and people riding bicycles almost everywhere.

If you only have a day in Zagreb it can be difficult to decide how to spend your time so here are the things I recommend you should see/do;

Ban Jelačić Square

Ban Jelačić Square, Zagreb

You will most probably start sightseeing from this place. The square is the main meeting point of Zagrebians and it’s also the main hub for the city’s blue trams.

Ban Jelačić square in Zagreb

Kaptol

Zagreb Cathedral

From the square you can easily move to Kaptol where Zagreb Cathedral can be found. It’s the tallest building in Croatia and one of the most important symbols of the city.

Dolac

Dolac Market Zagreb

Another feature of the city are its open-air food markets and Dolac is the most famous one. Here you can get fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and fish and also other seasonal products from various parts of Croatia. This photo was taken on Easter day and that’s the reason why the market was empty.

Tkalčićeva street

Tkalčićeva street Zagreb

A street filled with boutiques, restaurants and cafés where you can sit with a cup of coffee and relax.

Stone Gate

Stone Gate Zagreb Kamenita Ulica

Stone Gate keeps the memory to the painting of Holy Mother Mary that remained untouched after a catastrophic fire in 1731. Here you will find uncounted number of plaques which thank the Virgin for helping or healing.

Stone Gate Zagreb

St. Mark’s Square

St. Mark's Church Zagreb

St. Mark’s square is home to Croatian Parliament, Constitutional Court and St. Mark’s Church, which is on the photo above.

Strossmayer Promenade

Panoramic View of Zagreb

Promenade is a great place for walking but besides that, it also offers panoramic views of Zagreb. It can be reached by a funicular which is the shortest one in the world. Try to grab a spot at one of the benches and enjoy the view around you.

Croatian National Theatre

Croatian National Theatre

In front of the theatre there is also a fountain named “The Source of Life” which is designed by a famous Croatian artist and sculptor Ivan Meštrović.

The Source of Life Fountain, Ivan Mestrovic

Museum of Broken Relationships

Museum of Broken Relationships Zagreb

I recommend you make some space to visit the Museum of Broken Relationships. It got an award for the most innovative European museum in 2011, as it’s dedicated to failed love relationships.

Pivnica Medvedgrad

And at night I recommend going to Pivnica Medvedgrad in Ilica street, where you can try their own beer which they produce for almost two decades. It’s also a great dining option and here you can taste delicious Croatian food. There is an indoor and outdoor seating area, and it’s definitely a great place to hang out, especially if you are traveling with friends or going out as a group.

So this was Zagreb in 24 hours. Do you have any recommendations for spending a day in Croatian capital? Feel free to leave the comment below.

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