As per my sister’s travel checklist, I am required to write a guide to one place that I visit while exploring the world. For anyone following my blog during the last two trips, it should come as no surprise that I have chosen the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca as the subject of this guide. No […]Read more "Cluj in a Very Large Nutshell"
Well, I’ve finally caught a small glimpse of the Cluj I used to know. Alice left for the weekend on a work team-building trip a few hours outside of town. She allowed me to stay in her place for a few more days while she was away. Those days were relatively uneventful. At one point […]Read more "I Promise Lemonade"
I have been busy lately. I stayed a few more days in Plovdid, occasionally hanging out with Yoanna. We walked for hours on Sunday, from the Old Town past Liberator’s Hill that we climbed the previous day to Leisure and Culture Park and then to the massive Rowing Canal by the Plovdiv Stadium. In the […]Read more "Apollonian Tides"
Wednesday I woke up early and shared a cab with other travelers from the hostel to the bus stop at the Skopje City Mall. There I met up with Aleksandra, a fellow couchsurfer, for an afternoon hike through Matka Canyon. We took the #60 bus all the way to the end of the line, then […]Read more "Crossing the Styx"
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"