A visit to Albania's capital: Tirana

Admittedly I was happy to be back in a busy metropolis as you'd have to go back to Italy those weeks ago since I last sampled the heavily polluted city air. Since then its largely been rural villages, castles and vast amounts of walking. I came here then with minimal expectations and as such I would be less likely to be disappointed should the city not deliver me what I wanted it to. I needn't had worried though (not that I did) as I had enjoy ...

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A miserably wet afternoon in Berat

Yes folks finally a less than pleasurable afternoon. That's a grand total of two single bad experiences in seven weeks of travel so I can't grumble too much can I. (The first being THAT time in Cyprus of course). So the day started off reasonably bright and sunny enough for us to not feel cold or think we would need rain- ...

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Goodbye Saranda, hello Gjirokaster

As six of the last seven days have been spent in Saranda, it was finally time to say goodbye to the friends and temporary home I had made this last week. In addition to the wonderful ambience created by the manager Klardi, the Hairy Lemon hostel offered fantastic views of the beach that happened to very conveniently be just across the road. I made sure then that I spent at least a couple of hours down by the beach on this my final day. ...

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Adventuring along the Albanian Riviera...

Not only do they have a Riviera but its beauty is going to surprise you as it has me. And that wasn't the only surprise I'd thoroughly enjoy before the end of the day. But first it was time to check   out of the 'Hairy Lemon' hostel in Saranda. However, so welcoming and enjoyable has my stay here been that its had an affect on my normal analytical way of thinking. As such, I have decided that I will venture north, before head ...

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What to do in Albania...

I haven't as yet had the chance to much about the hostel and its residents but I will do in the days to come. You'll see which way this is heading after I tell you that when I arrived early evening by boat, they instantly invited me to sit and eat with them at the table as they had prepared themselves fajitas with mined meat and feta salad. Also, they would not accept any money from me so naturally I will return this generosity over the days t ...

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I've sailed across to Albania!

Well not me personally but a captain - or would skipper be more accurate? Now checkout the dream boat: Ha, only joking. This was my more hum ...

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Is Albania the cheapest Balkan country?

I didn't think I would ever see prices cheaper in Europe than I saw in Romanian and Serbia but it's now looking like I have. Example 1: Bottled water of this size costs no more than 90 LEK - 40 pence. That's a 6 litre container! ...

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An Italian hitman in Tirana!!!

Looks like yesterday's post won't be my last in Albania after all. Infact, neither will this one as there will be one more to come showing today's activity and it won't be one you'll want to miss to   appreciate scenic nirvana. The first semi-comical, semi-serious email my brother Gino sent me when he heard I was coming to Albanian was to 'Take care' as he had seen how mean those big angry men were from th ...

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Lake Komani: Scenic bliss in Albania

This is definitely the last post and last day in Albania folks and so to find this 'scenic bliss' the team and I had to endure a long, long day. Yes, we could have done this the easy way and paid 33  euros each to have everything worked out for us but as ever, I (and the others) had no intention on paying the 'tourist trap' price that was conveniently orchestrated by our hostel manager in Shkoder. Remember 33 euros in Albania is the e ...

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