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Balkan the wrap up and a bit of Sarandë

Ok, this really did take a while. I have a good reason of course. Sarandë was my final stop in Albania and I didn’t fancy it. Not at all actually. I arrived reasonably early in the morning and decided to have a look around. I wasn’t impressed. The town is highly developed with loads of […]

Gjirokastra

For once I had a plan; leave Berat early, stop in Gjirokastra and then head on to Sarande. I wouldn’t be a very manly traveller if that plan had worked out. And it didn’t. I mean, I got up alright, managed the 8 AM bus and did get to Gjirokastra in time. Actually it took […]

Berat Backpacker Hostel Day Tour

Alright; I don’t normally write reviews but then I don’t normally go on organised day trips. For once I made an exception. It is simply impossible to do this on your own for that price and especially in just one day. The tour program is ambitious; monastery, bunkers, Apollonia (a ancient Greek site), lunch at […]

Berat

The way from Tirana is not particularly long but it takes time. The roads for most of the time were a disgrace. At least I was sitting reasonably comfortable for a change. I took the proper bus rather than a van. Again it struck me, how different the landscape is from what I expected. Most […]

Albania

I want you to close your eyes and picture Albania. What do you see? Unless you said “A beautiful country with open minded, hospitable and friendly people that like Mercedes and throw their rubbish everywhere” you are dead wrong. Albania is spectacular on so many levels, I don’t know where to begin. It very much […]

Tirana

I made it. I am in Albania. I can’t believe it myself. The journey went surprisingly smooth. The American I mentioned negotiated a taxi to Shkoder. 40 Euro wasn’t to bad, 20 Euro each. By staying in Ulcinj I’d spend more than that and I had no particular interest in the place. My initial plan […]

Kotor

Finally, I am leaving Croatia for good. My next stop is Montenegro. Kotor sounded fabulous. Situated at the end of southern Europe’s deepest fjord and surrounded by mountains. The setting was spectacular indeed. The first thing that caught my attention though was a large cruise ship. They’ve got to be kidding me. I found a […]

Sarajevo

In order to go from Mostar to Sarajevo one takes a train. I like trains a lot. Unfortunately in most countries they are too expensive to enjoy it. Not here though. Considering the beauty of the country side I’ve seen so far I was seriously looking forward. Traveling in style. Oh, how I deserve that. […]

Mostar

Even though I liked the last couple of places I decided to hit the road. What better place to split with Croatia than Split. The biggest city on the coast is everything you expect; big, ugly and noisy. It is mainly a busy port. There is a small bit of old town, but I have […]

Trogir

Unless World War III broke out I was woken up by the biggest Thunderstorm in recorded history It was so loud I stayed awake for at least a minute until I passed out again. The stuffed Squids I had for dinner tasted alright but they certainly didn’t agree with me. I still had a rather […]

Primosten

Finally. I found a place I truly like. Primosten is everything I expected. It is chilled out and beautiful. There are literally no sights so one can just kick back and relax. The setting is absolutely spectacular and the people seem friendlier too. I like it. For once I didn’t have to get up in […]

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