Where did I leave off last time? I believe it was in the ritzy Classic Hotel in Prizren. It still sounds like all the locals are calling it ‘prison’ every time they mention it. Lola and I were able to find a slightly less expensive hotel a few meters away for the second night in the […]Read more "Weekend Romance in Prison"
No hobbits, I promise. Thursday I spent much of the afternoon with Marija, a girl I met from a popular social networking application. She has offered to take me to a music festival in Greece, about 100 kilometers from Thessaloniki. On my trip, I have quickly adopted a policy of not saying ‘no’ when possible. […]Read more "An Unexpected Journey"
There is a fun story behind that title, but I’ll get to that later. Quite a few interesting occurrences have presented themselves recently, but I guess I will also get to that later. I may or may not be going back to Greece for a week, but again I will get to that (much) later. I’ll […]Read more "Standing Still in Skopje"
Greetings from Ohrid, Macedonia! The rest of my time in Tirana was fairly uneventful. I did manage to catch a bus to Tirana East Gate, a huge shopping mall several kilometers from the city center. I needed to replace a few items, mostly electronics, that have stopped working recently. I caught the minibus at 1500 […]Read more "Here I Go Again On My Own"
Well I made it back to Tirana today. The bus ride here from Berat was actually quite enjoyable (comparatively). As the heading implies, I’ve had some type of stomach bug for the past 10 days or so. It wasn’t too debilitating, mostly just inconvenient. I finally decided that it wasn’t going away on its own, […]Read more "Coping with Dysentery on the Balkan Trail"
Lisa and I caught a bus after breakfast from Himara to Berat, a small village in the interior of Albania on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. The drive here was spectacular, if not almost terrifying. The trip started along the coastline, but the Albanian coastline is like none I’ve ever seen before. Huge steep […]Read more "The Mountains Win Again"
Corfu turned out to be one of the best cities of this trip. I spent several days on the island with Gaby and Lisa, the Brazilian and German companions I met that week. Our last full day on Corfu was spent mostly on the beach. In the evening we walked into town and, after a […]Read more "Glad to Be a Beach Bum"
My new travel buddies and I only stayed in Tirana for one evening, then headed out early the next morning to catch a bus towards Sarande. It turned out to be quite literally the worst bus trip of my life, but for reasons I’d rather not get into. We made it to the city on […]Read more "A Quick Change of Plans"
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 […]Read more "Warning: NSFW"
I have been trying to update this blog for a few days, but I always get sidetracked somehow. Recently, upon switching hostels in the middle of my stay in Ulcinj (which I will cover in a bit), the only place my Chromebook is able to access the wifi is in the commons room. Solidarity is […]Read more "Take the Good With the Bad"