Maribornication

Mariborizacija

 
Knowing how to get around Maribor is only the beginning. Now you have to get in tune with the city vibe – Maribornicate yourself. On the following pages we provide the answers to all the im-portant questions you may have during your stay and hence ensure that you don’t come off as a complete tourist.

How will Maribor affect my wallet?

Espresso costs around EUR 1.00, coffee with milk EUR 1.40, café latte EUR 1.80, tea from a teabag EUR 1.50, tea in a teapot EUR 2.20, pizza EUR 6.00–7.00, sandwich EUR 2.00, fast food EUR 3.00–5.00, beer EUR 2.00–2.50, mixed spirits EUR 3.30–3.60… Entry fees for museums and galleries are between EUR 2.00 and EUR 3.00, and with a student card you can get a small discount. However, entry in many of them is free of charge. Tickets for local and non-commercial concerts sell for EUR 3.00–8.00, cultural events and per-formances for EUR 10.00–20.00.

Where does the rebellious spirit of Maribor smolder?

There are still rebellious groups active in Maribor, which were formed during the protests that started on 29 October 2012. At its peak the movement brought ten thousand people to the streets. The demand for justice, equality, solidarity and revolt against capitalism overgrew local and na-tional interests of people, even though the objective was the resignation of the mayor. Rebellious groups in Maribor are still pretty active and are drawing up their demands for the current mayor, monitor the work and decisions of the city council, express solidarity for the redundant factory workers, and encourage self-organization and emancipation. You can track the activities of self-organized groups on the Initiative Municipal Assembly’s website.

Is there such a thing as Maribor’s typical drink?

Absolutely. Fuzl – Tavžentroža, Cocta, lemon and ice, originally served in a half-a-liter jar with a straw. Presumably it was created in 1993 at a Czech-themed party in the Tildo’s bar. The idea for a new, crazy party was born and with it a new, typical, Slovene drink.

Trrr, trrr, who’s paying for the round?

It’s a well-known fact that the people of Maribor love to socialize in the evenings and throughout the night. Another well-known fact is that we do not “go Dutch” like some of our neighboring countries, but rather start the evening with the shout “ta runda je moja” (“this one’s on me”), which means that that particular person is paying for their friends’ drink. It is taken for granted that the same gesture will be repeated by every member of the group until each one pays for one round. The bigger the group, the longer the night; however, this is not the main and only reason for a long night…

Laško or Union, that’s the question

Although one brewery bought the other a while ago, it is still a common perception that these are two different beers. Your loyalty to a particular part of Slovenia depends on which beer you choose. Nonetheless, it’s more a myth than a rule that the proud Štajerc (people of Štajerska re-gion) will pick Laško and Ljubljančan (people who live in Ljubljana) Union.

Where to sit down and enjoy the scenery without attracting weird looks?

If you are not a coffee person or don’t have a deep pocket, you can find a place on the bank of the Drava River also called Venice or on the stairs in front of the Water Tower (Vodni stolp) and observe the town. You can meet high school students or just blend in with them in front of Prva Gimnazija Maribor (Maribor First General Upper Secondary School); the town squares are equipped with benches. In the summer when you cannot find the scenery you’re looking for in these places, you can try the little wall next to the Main Square (Glavni trg) or the Town Park.

Why is it cold in Gustav during the winter?

The Gustav Hall has (now watch this!) under floor heating. Since the operating costs have always been enormous the people there experiment with alternative options to keep themselves warm. In the cold winter days it is very enjoyable to hang around the electrical heater or warm yourself in one of the more inventive ways.

HorraLegalis? When to go home and if not, where to instead?

There is no common closing time for the bars and clubs. Who’s closing early and who late de-pends on the number of guests and the overall atmosphere or the agreement made in advance. For the most durable and non-commercially directed ones, Pekarna and Tildo’s are the best places; when these two close, everyone finds their own way.

Casual is “hip”, the eyes are ajar?

Don’t be surprised to enter the what are known as concept or creativity incubators to find silence and emptiness. Creativity is a process which claims its time and space, and consequently some-times we just sit about and wait for something to hit us or, on the other hand, we escape outside to gain new momentum. Youth centers combine civil society interests and cover the area of in-formal education, but we also like to form groups based on the interest in different fields of sports, culture and arts, and lovers of irrational time-sanding, who cover the area of dawdle.

How to catch the right frequency?

95,9 MHz is the frequency of the Maribor Radio Študent (Student), which in addition to alterna-tive and relatively unknown music will offer you a forecast of upcoming events and news. It is one of the two student radios in Slovenia and it came to life in 1990. Since then it has mainly played the role of nonconformist and socially critical media. Great emphasis is of course given to Her Majesty – music. If you’re planning to visit Maribor for a longer period, a switch to 95.9 is almost mandatory in order to feel non-commercial spirit of student life in this city.

Where to take a leak in the town?

There is a free public toilet in the Magdalenski Park and the Town Park in Hagrid’s cabin left to the promenade. The toilet next to TIC on Partizanska Street was awarded the Naj stranišče 2012 (the best toilet of 2012), a slightly less tidy toilet can be found next to the Mariborska tržnica (the town market). Moreover, you can always use the toilets in bars and malls, or the toilet in the Ma-ribor University Library. Toilets are also situated on the main bus and train stations.

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