Posts made in July, 2008

In Montenegro They Go Through the Mountain

Posted by on Jul 15, 2008 in Europe & The Mid East, Montenegro | 1 comment

In Montenegro They Go Through the Mountain

My first impressions of Montenegro were certainly coloured by several factors: it is Montenegro, formerly of Serbia and Montenegro, formerly of Yugoslavia, in Eastern Europe, it is the newest country in the world, and accordingly expected it to feel like uncharted territory, and we had just come from Albania, a smaller, poorer country. Upon arrival in Ulcinj – a beach city to the south – I could not believe the hoards and hoards and hoards of tourists that crowded the city, every square inch of the beach, and the shallower part of the ocean. Who were these people I wondered? ...

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A Story About a Once-Communist Country

Posted by on Jul 12, 2008 in Albania, Europe & The Mid East | 1 comment

A Story About a Once-Communist Country

When the Lonely Planet lists ‘cool flag’ as a highlight for a country, you know you’re in for an adventure. As soon as we crossed the nautical border, gone were the English speakers, transportation and hotel options presented to you on a silver platter, and masses of tourists; in their places, our broken Albanian, unmarked furgons (mini-buses) in back alleys, and castles devoid of any visitors. Albania was a much-needed change of pace and a rewarding challenge. Allison and I decided to take a break from the coast and travel inland to tour the once mighty Albanian...

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Unfortunately I Was Not Detained in Athens

Posted by on Jul 12, 2008 in Europe & The Mid East, Greece | 0 comments

Unfortunately I Was Not Detained in Athens

With our scrapes and bruises we boarded an overnight ferry, Santorini to Athens. While an overnight cruise on the Mediterranean may sound romantic, I can assure you that sleeping on the floor in between a row of airplane-like seats is far from idyllic. Waking up at 5:30am to cigarette smoke and crying babies, we began our venture into Athens. We dumped our big bags at the backpackers hostel, began recovering from the realization that it would cost 25 euro per person, per night to stay in a sweaty 8-person dorm (prior to this, the most we paid was 30 euro total per night for a private...

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Yes, we are alive

Posted by on Jul 9, 2008 in Thoughts on Life | 1 comment

Yes, we are alive

Don’t worry, we haven’t succumb to infected scooter injuries. Internet has been hit or miss throughout Albania and Montenegro, however we’re back online in Croatia. We’ll have some awesome new blog posts soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the fresh photos in the Flickr stream on your right! Have you requested your hand-made postcard yet?

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