For the sake of brevity as well as entertainment we're going to skip all of the boring usual suspects (ie the people are lovely, the city is beautiful, Turbo-folk is awesome, etc). Anyway, in no particular order here are some of the reasons why an American would choose to live in Ljubljana.
CobblestoneProbably the single biggest reason why I live in Europe. I love the stuff. I love the way it looks on narrow windy roads that lead up to castles and churches. And I especially love the way it sounds when expensive German-engineered cars drive over it. In the States we barely have any of the stuff.
Socialism (or at least social democracy)In America most of your right-wing Slovene politicians would be considered dirty leftist commie heathens for supporting such treacherous things as universal healthcare, affordable higher education and other basic social benefits.
AdvertisingThat 5m billboard on Kongresni Trg with nothing but a pair of large soapy breasts on it would sadly never be allowed in the US, which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about American advertising, as well as our views on nudity and sex in general.
Well, I hope that helped. Next month I'll try to clarify things a little more when I discuss slippers, weddings and accents.
The Slovene version of this article appears in the 2 November 2009 issue of Ljubljana's City Magazine. You can read Part II here.