Erasmus praksa v Muzeju

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Od začetka februarja se nam je v Fototeki pridružil Andrej Aleksandrov, mladi diplomant zgodovine iz Zagreba, ki je pri nas na praksi prek programov izmenjave Erasmus. Tedensko bomo lahko prebirali njegove prispevke o muzejih in muzeologiji, fotografiji in njeni dokumentarni vrednosti, pa tudi na splošno o bivanju v Ljubljani in Sloveniji. Njegovim prispevkom v angleščini sledi še prevod v slovenščini.

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Life in Ljubljana. The First 4 weeks

Hello everyone. My name is Andrej Aleksandrov and I am from Zagreb, Croatia. I graduated Contemporary history in December 2018 and currently I am a trainee in the National Museum of Contemporary History in Ljubljana. My traineeship started in February and it is supposed to last until end of June. I do not receive any salary for my work here, but I applied for an Erasmus Traineeship grant which was approved a few days before my moving to Slovenia. I work in the department of photography, which is great since my hobby is photography, and my mentor is Katarina Jurjavčič, who is a curator in the museum.

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Foto: Branka Keser

Ljubljana is the biggest city and the Capital of Slovenia. Its location is very convenient for me since it is only a 2 and half hour drive from my birth city, which means that if I want to visit my parents or friends I can do that without much effort. The same applies if I want to have visitors from my home country here. But even if we don’t take my personal conveniences, Ljubljana is almost in the center of the country. Good highway connections allow the residents to travel anywhere in the country under 2 or 3 hours. There are 2 million Slovenians and around 400 000 of them live in the metropolitan area. The City itself has no more than 300 000. Comparing it to the size of Zagreb, which has around 800 000 inhabitants and more than a million with the surrounding cities, the city is more pleasant to live in. I think it comes to personal preferences, but in general I am of the opinion that Zagreb has become too big of a city of its own good, becoming overcrowded with cars. My recent trip in March show cased this pretty good by being half an hour late because the bus was stuck in traffic. In Ljubljana for commuting you can use the car, bus or a bicycle. It is obvious that the city encourages the usage of bicycles because of the many special bike roads it has. Also, public bikes are placed all around the city and if you want to use them, the subscription is only 3 euros per year. In my experience this system works very well because it makes sense given the infrastructure and the size of Ljubljana. Implementing this system in, for example, Zagreb, would simply not work at all. Experience from my roommates is a little bit different because they prefer using buses for commuting. The buses are not very frequent and I do believe the bicycles have their play in it.

Since I already mentioned my roommates, I might mention where I live. I have 2 roommates from Croatia in a 76 square meter apartment on Celovška Street. We have our own rooms and we share the kitchen, toilets and balcony. At one point in my life I lived in a hostel for 5 months so sharing basic people needs with other people is nothing foreign to me. I do have to say the only real annoyance is that I don’t have a table in my room. The apartment is well furnished, but you can see that the last person who lived in the apartment was somebody’s old mother, like in the case of my landlord. He told us that when she passed away she was more than 90 years old. The apartment certainly feels like a time capsule into 80tees Yugoslavian style. The location of the apartment is also something to be pretty happy about. It takes me about 5 to 10 minutes with the bike to reach the museum and around 15 minutes to reach the center.

The part that I did not visit a lot is Ljubljana itself since I did not have a lot of time and was constantly bothered by life in general. I went into a few museums (check the new post) and into a few shops in the center just to check it out. In Slovenia they have something called student boni, which are student discounts on food. In theory the idea is great, but most of the places where you can eat on boni are fast food joints like McDonalds and kebab places, so I just prefer to cook at home. The nightlife is also still a mystery. I’ve was in two places: Orto bar on a trance festival, and in Metelkova. Metelkova is a great place if you like squats and alternative music and I would highly recommend to everyone to visit the place during their visit or stay in Ljubljana.  What I can say from the places I have visited that Ljubljana is a great place for artists and for more open minded people. I would like to highlight the National holiday in Ljubljana called Prešeren day. It is on the 8th of February when Slovenians celebrate their national hero the poet Franc Prešern’s death. The fact that the national hero of a country is a poet, not a King or General says a lot about the history of the country. On the holiday, the museums in Ljubljana were open and the city had activities directly and not directly connected to the holiday.

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Foto: Andrej Aleksandrov


Pozdravljeni. Sem Andrej Aleksandrov in prihajam iz Zagreba. Diplomiral sem iz sodobne zgodovine v lanskem decembru in trenutno opravljam prakso v Muzeju novejše zgodovine Slovenije v Ljubljani. Moja praksa se je začela v februarju ter bo trajala do konca junija. Svoje delo opravljam prostovoljno prek programa Erasmus, prek katerega sem si uredil štipendiranje tik pred mojo selitvijo v Slovenijo. Delo opravljam v Fototeki Muzeja, kar se mi zdi odlično, saj je fotografija moj konjiček. Moja mentorica je Katarina Jurjavčič, kustosinja v Muzeju.

Ljubljana je največje in tudi glavno mesto Slovenije. Ker je oddaljena le dobri dve uri od mojega rojstnega mesta, je zame to zelo priročno. Brez večjega truda namreč lahko obiščem starše ali prijatelje doma. Seveda enako velja za vse, ki me v Ljubljani želijo obiskati.

Poleg osebnih koristi moje nove lokacije, je tudi samo mesto dobra odskočna deska za izlete, saj leži skoraj v središču države. Dobre avtocestne povezave omogočajo njenim državljanom, da lahko dosežejo najbolj oddaljene kraje znotraj njenih meja v zgolj dveh do treh urah. V državi živi dva milijona Slovencev in okoli 400 000 jih živi v Ljubljani in njeni bližnji okolici. Samo mesto pa ne šteje več kot 300 000 prebivalcev. Če primerjam z Zagrebom, se mi zdi Ljubljana veliko prijaznejša za življenje. Seveda je to moj osebni pogled, a tudi na splošno sem mnenja, da je Zagreb postal prevelik in je zato tudi prometa preveč. Ko sem tako v marcu obiskal Zagreb, sem zamujal uro in pol prav zaradi prometnega zamaška.

Za premikanje po Ljubljani lahko uporabljate avtomobil, avtobuse ali kolo. Samo mesto spodbuja uporabo koles, saj opazimo lepo število urejenih kolesarskih stez. Tudi javna kolesa so dostopna na vsakem koraku in če jih želite uporabljati, je treba za letno registracijo odšteti zgolj 3 € na leto. Po mojih izkušnjah sistem deluje zelo dobro, če vzamemo v obzir infrastrukturo in samo velikost mesta. Mislim, da v Zagrebu podoben sistem nikakor ne bi deloval. Moram priznati, da je izkušnja mojih sobivajočih malce drugačna od moje, saj rajši uporabljata avtobus. A avtobusi niso tako pogosti in verjamem, da igrajo kolesa precejšnjo vlogo pri lažjem obvaldovanju mesta.

Če sem že omenil svoje sobivajoče lahko omenim tudi kje živim. Imam dve »cimri«, ki prav tako prihajata iz Hrvaške, živimo pa v 76 kvadratnih metrov velikem stanovanju na Celovški cesti. Imamo vsak svojo sobo, v souporabi pa so kuhinja, kopalnica in balkon. Tako je moje življenje na točki, ko živim praktično v »hostlu«, kar zame sicer ni nič novega. Včasih me moti le to, da v sobi nimam pisalne mize. Stanovanje je sicer lepo opremljeno, toda iz pohištva je videti, da je tu živela starejša oseba, v mojem primeru je bila to mama mojega najemodajalca. Povedal nam je, da je v stanovanju živela še v zavidljivi starosti več kot 90.ih let. Tako je stanovanje pravzaprav časovna kapsula iz jugoslovanskih 1980.ih. A zelo vesel sem, da lahko živim tako blizu mestnega središča. Le 5 do 10 minut in že sem s kolesom v Muzeju, v 15 minutah pa dosežem center.

Pravzaprav Ljubljane večkrat niti nisem obiskal, saj zato skoraj nimam časa. Toda obiskal sem nekaj muzejev in o tem bo govoril tudi moj naslednji prispevek. V Sloveniji imajo študenti na voljo prehranjevanje prek študentskih bonov, kar bi lahko razumeli kot študentski popust pri izbiri hrane v določeni restavraciji. V teoriji je ideja sicer super, a večinoma boni pokrivajo restavracije s hitro prehrano kot na primer McDonals in kebab restavracije, zato rajši kuham doma. Tudi ljubljansko nočno življenje je zame še neznanka. Obiskal sem Orto bar v času »trance« festivala ter Metelkovo. Metelkova je odličen prostor za vse, ki imate radi alternativno sceno in obisk vsem toplo priporočam.

Ljubljana je mesto umetnikov in razgledanih, odprtih ljudi. Izpostaviti moram dejstvo, da Slovenci 8. februarja praznujejo državni praznik, ki je hkrati kulturni dan. Pesnika Franceta Prešerna, ki je umrl prav na dan praznika obeležujejo kot pomembno osebnost. Da državni praznik obeležuje pesnikov doprinos k zgodovini same države in da to ni bil nekakšen kralj ali general nam lahko veliko pove. Na ta dan so je vstop v muzeje in kulturne inštitucije brezplačen. Pripravijo pa se seveda tudi programi, ki so (ne)posredno vezani na sam praznik.

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