Warning: NSFW

It’s difficult to say exactly how things would have been different had I stayed in Breshka Hostel, but switching to the Pirate Hostel seems to have worked out to my advantage. Yesterday I met up with two fellow travelers, a guy from Canada and a girl from Brazil. They were heading to Ada Bojana, a beach about 15km outside of town (on the far end of Long Beach). They invited me along so the three of us took a minibus for the half-hour drive, then made out way to the nude beach.

Okay, it is actually a nude community. The beach just happens to be a part of it. They had signs saying that swimwear was prohibited, and even had a lifeguard on duty making sure everyone was nude. I had never been to a nude beach before, and I really hope that wasn’t my last time. We rented a beach umbrella for 6 Euro, but I still fell asleep in the sun for about two hours. Needless to say my thighs are bright red today, and it hurts to even walk.

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After about four hours on the beach we started to head back. We tried our luck at hitchhiking, but the more people in your group the less chance one has of finding a ride. After about half an hour a taxi drove by so we flagged him down. He said that the main road was almost at a standstill due to traffic, so he took us on the scenic route. Luckily we had the forethought to negotiate a price beforehand. Back in the hostel in Ulcinj we met up with a girl from South Korea and trekked with her to Sunset Bar to watch the sunset in a relaxing environment – music and beer. A few of our fellow hostel residents had secured one of the open-air tents on the rocks, so we joined them for a few drinks before heading back to the hostel. Every night at 2100 or so is “beer o’clock,” when the owner brings out several 2-liters of Montenegrin beer for the people staying in the hostel.

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My last night in the hostel was…well, last night. I could have easily booked another night or two, but found out that two of the friends I had made in the previous nights were heading to Sarande on the Albanian coast. Since this is the same location I was planning to visit, we decided to travel together for a little while. We caught the bus around 1230 towards Tirana. We met another girl along the way and incorporated her into our group. We all booked beds in the Trip N Hostel in Tirana, and three of us are leaving on an early bus tomorrow for Sarande. It’s quite interesting to think of the seemingly unrelated turn of events that occurred in order to allow me temporary travel companions. Although our paths will diverge in the next city, we’ll get to hang out for about a week first, sharing traveling stories and getting lost in foreign places together. This group contains some of the first real friends I’ve made on this trip, before it was mostly about seeing previous acquaintances.

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We arrived in Tirana just a few hours ago. I don’t have much opinion of this city yet, but the ATM machines are a little weird. Apparently they only accept MasterCard OR Visa, but not both. I was a little concerned when one of my friends was able to withdrawal money yet I wasn’t. Turns out she was using Visa, I was using MasterCard. After finally finding a proper ATM the four of us stopped into a restaurant called L’osTeria. We all ordered different types of pasta and sampled each other’s. I had the four cheese spinach ravioli, and damn was it delicious. You really would not have guessed that in such a seemingly run-down part of town, there was an up-scale yet quite affordable Italian restaurant. Relatively affordable; I paid almost 6 Euro for my meal which included two local beers.

So now we are taking a bit of a breather and trying to decide where our lives will take us tomorrow. We are considering the 0830 bus to Sarande, since it takes over six hours. I know from there one person is going to Corfu and another is going south into Greece. I plan on going east into Greece before heading north again towards Kosovo. Regardless, I will probably stay in Sarande for about a week since it is supposed to have some of the best beaches in Albania. That will give me plenty of time to update my blog in a few days. Cheers!

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