Ciao Albanien und hallo Mazedonien. Irgendwie haben wir 25 Grad verloren!
We left the campsite this morning Albania bound. Pretty uneventful as most bus days generally are. Our first stop off was in Elbasan which is roughly in the centre of the small country of Albania.
The roads were winding and the scenery interesting as we drove through the country side. Strange men on the side of the road. People heading their goats and cattle. It really was a different world and a different time in the Albanian country side. It was even more interesting than the day before.
Not so many shanty towns but a lot of abandoned and half constructed buildings lined the 'main road' and I use the term loosely. You can see the country trying to change though, new infrastructure and roads being build. New parks and buildings under construction in Elbasan. We made a stop off at the old fortress which was pretty cool and then found a supermarket. Where everything was even cheaper than Macedonia. If that's possible.
We got pizza for lunch and then headed back to the coach and headed off to Tirana the capital of Albania.
We got a while in Tirana. It was kind of cool to walk around and explore. I ended up splitting up with the main group and just explored with one other. I got ice cream and then we found a kind of derelict marketplace down a lane way which we walked around for a while. Ended up getting lost. Finding a pretty darn cute pet store and then a canal type river thing that ran through town.
It was pretty cool just to walk around and explore and even get a bit lost. It wasn't a pretty city really but it was cool. The main square was still under construction and a lot of the streets through town were closed off. It didn't make navigating particularly easy.
Eventually we made our way back. Stopping off for some soft drink and wifi to kill the time before our meeting.
Back on the coach we drove to our hotel which was the nicest one yet. The rooms big showers bigger and beds nice and firm. After dinner it was a shower and pretty much straight to bed.Read more