Ljubljana, Slovenia: In old-town Ljubljana there is the local Riverside Market, held in Vodnikov Square, between the river and the castle hill and next to the Italian-Baroque Cathedral. Lively with market stalls during the day, it is quiet and empty in the evenings. We’d loved wandering through the market, lined with the Riverside Colonnade, and checking out the local produce and some interesting crafts. The market is colorful and interesting, so we had not noticed anything along its edges.
But, one evening as we walked through the empty square we came across a series of vending machines along the covered Market Hall side.
One of these stopped us in our tracks: a raw milk vending machine. Vending machines are commonplace around most of the world, and some countries (notably Japan) sell some pretty amazing things from vending machines. But, we’d never come across a milk machine before, and certainly not one that dispenses raw cow’s milk. In the USA, it’s not easy to get raw milk at all and the dairy industry is heavily regulated, so it’s hard to imagine that such a vending machine would be possible there.
But, there it was, and we guessed that many local people use it. Perhaps visitors do too, because the instructions are written in English, German and Italian too, as well as in Slovenian.