Albania
Rrethi i Shkodrës

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  • Day61

    Bei strahlendem Sonnenschein ☀️entschieden wir uns die Festung 🏰 von Shkodër (Rozafa Castle) zu erobern. Da die Burg oberhalb vom Camp ⛺️ liegt, ging es sofort los. Vorbei an ein paar baufälligen Häusern und ein paar Wellblech-Hütten der Zigeuner ging es stetig bergauf. Oben angekommen, treffen wir auf drei Reisebusse 🚌 ... die auch schon wieder hier 🤨?

    Die Touris waren tatsächlich unser Glück ... freier Eintritt 💪 ... es machte den Anschein, dass für heute bereits genügend Einnahmen in der Kasse sind, so dass wir umsonst rein durften 😊. So stapften wir mit breitem Grinsen 😁 in die Festung hinein. Da die meisten Touris älterer Generation waren, hatten wir die Festung größtenteils für uns alleine. Auf jede Mauer und in jedes Loch wurde hinein geklettert und die 360 Grad Aussicht über Shkodër und das Umland genossen.

    Nachdem wir wirklich in jeden Winkel geklettert waren und in der ein oder anderen Ecke das Gefühl hatten ... hier wohnt oder sagen wir besser, haust doch einer 🧐, ging es mit dem Bus noch nach Shkodër rein. Wow der Eselskaren fährt hier neben dem Mercedes Benz, eine recht nette kleine Fußgänger Zone, daneben heruntergekommene Häuser und streunende Hunde auf der Straße. Ja, so haben wir uns Albanien vorgestellt! Fasziniert laufen wir umher und knipsen hier und da ein Foto und probieren die Atmosphäre aufzusaugen. Von unserem Host im Camp ⛺️wurde uns erzählt, dass der Norden Albaniens der „ärmste“ Teil sei und je weiter wir im Verlauf unseres Trips gegen Süden fahren, würde es „optisch reicher“ ... wir sind gespannt und lassen uns überraschen.

    Zur Abkühlung ging es nach unserem Stadtbesuch noch eine Runde zum Planschen 🏊‍♂️ in den Pool mit Blick 👀 in Richtung Festung von Shkodër. Den Abend liessen wir dann bei großen Pizzen im Restaurant ausklingen. Morgen früh geht‘s dann endlich los 👏 ... die Albanischen Alpen 🏔⛰ warten auf uns 😊.
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  • Day6

    All Shkodered out

    August 10 in Albania

    Plan was to take a 9am bus from prizren to gkakova and then catch a furgon (mini bus) to bajram curri in Albania and then another furgon to fierze for a 1pm ferry through the long, narrow canyon of lake komani. Supposed to be one of the best boat rides on the planet (Google komani ferry).

    Anyways that whole plan went up in smoke when we woke up at 10:15 and arrived at bus station around 11. No way would we make those connections. Asked a taxi driver how much to bajram curri and he offered 60 euros. Giddyup. After a brief stop at the taxi drivers house so could put his garbage at the side of the road, we were on our way. I'm not making that up haha.

    Did our best to sleep off the pounding headaches we earned from the prior night, until reaching the Albanian border. Arrived in bajram curri which is in the thick of the striking Albanian alps, and found a new taxi to get us to fierze. Who knew we had just hired a retired racecar driver. We barrelled down winding tight mountain roads at over 100km/h leaving fingernail imprints in the car upholstery.

    Got to ferry landing and we had just missed it and no more ferries until the next morning. And we were in the middle of nowhere. Still frazzled from the white knuckle taxi ride and the effects of night prior, anxiety levels weren't so great heh.

    Smelling opportunity, an Albanian offered to charter us a small motorboat for 100 euros. Putting our money together, we had about 110-115 euros. And we still needed transportation from the other end of lake komani to shkoder plus we hadn't eaten anything and this was a three hour boat ride. Got his price down to 90 euros, bought two bags of chips and were on our way.

    Impossible to describe, and pics don't do it justice. One of the most beautiful rides ever. Huge mountains dropping straight down to waters edge as we winded slowly through the narrow water passages. About half way we noticed a storm coming over the mountain range but fortunately never hit us.

    We were a bit concerned that in missing ferry, there wouldn't be any transportation at landing to get us to shkoder but fortunately there were furgons there waiting to go. 16 euros for our ride plus a few more for water leaving us with 2-3 euros in our pockets.

    Shkoder wasn't anything special. We knew today it was all about the journey and not the destination. Nevertheless we found a nice area of restaurants for a good meal. Hotel was a bit of a disaster though. We had choice of private bathroom and no a/c or shared bathroom with a/c. Tried the former but it was too hot and shower didn't work. Then switched to latter but bathroom was on top floor and toilet didn't flush. Eventually arranged so we had both rooms at our disposal to cover all our needs. It was a very fitting end to the kind of day we had. And perhaps a summary of sorts to the organized chaos that is Albania :) -SP
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  • Day1

    De albanske alper

    June 30, 2017 in Albania

    Fortæl en person, du rejser til Albanien, og du vil sandsynligvis få stillet et par spørgsmål. "Hvor er Albanien?" "Er det farligt?" "Hvad skal I der ?" Og mest almindelige af alle, "hvorfor?"
    Den lille, ofte misforståede Balkanstat ligger over Adriaterhavet fra Italien, lige over Grækenland. Det bjergrige land er fyldt med uberørte floder og mousserende bjergkilder, travle byer og charmerende byer, og den stenede kyststrækning strækker sig hundreder af kilometer langs både Adriaterhavet og Det Joniske Hav og byder på fantastiske strande, der konkurrerer med de bedre kendte naboer som Grækenland, Italien og Kroatien. Men Albaniens status som et af Europas fattigste lande og dets lidt ternet fortid betyder, at omtale af sit navn er mere tilbøjelig til at fremkalde tanker om optøjer og kommunistiske diktaturer end smukke strande og den livlige cafékultur i Tirana, landets hovedstad.
    Men Albanien ændrer sig. I dag opbygges landet hurtigt af et folk, der er ivrig efter at komme sig fra næsten 50 år af et undertrykkende kommunistisk diktatur og uroen, der fulgte med overgangen til demokrati. Dagens Albanien byder på unge, livlige byer, utroligt smukt naturlandskab og et yderst åbent og venligt folk, der er ivrige efter at vise deres land til en pris, der ikke kan findes andre steder på kontinentet. Endvidere er Albanien et af de få uopdagede paradis i Europa. Men som Kroatien før det, er det kun et spørgsmål om tid, før de turist massern begynder at vælte ind.

    Det er derfor med tårnhøje forventninger at majsen og jeg i dag er startet vores sommerferie i netop Albanien
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  • Day13

    Driving along the Adriatic Coast

    October 28, 2017 in Albania

    We enjoyed another lovely breakfast this morning with an incredible view of the ocean. :) spoiled! Today was mostly just a day of driving up the coast to then return the car in Shkodër (north of Albania) but as the scenery was so stunning, we stopped plenty times along the way. Gorgeous turquoise coast line, next to huge ragged mountains and passing people walking their goats amongst the crazy driving- only in Albania!

    We visited another lovely castle high up in the mountains of a town called Kruja. Very scary road to get there as it was so tiny and steep with two way traffic... but we made it! It was worth it though as the views were stunning and you could see for miles! And..it wouldn’t be a proper road trip without a huge traffic jam so we finished the day off waiting in traffic for about an hour (of what should have been a 5 min journey). Great fun. It was amusing watching all the Albanians try to overtake and undertake each other though- mad. And there was a guy selling a puppy and a baby rabbit at the side of the road! Can’t say I wasn’t tempted...

    We were happy to arrive safe in Shkodër and give the car back! We ventured out for some food but it didn’t look too promising at first. We then came across a little traditional looking place so thought we would give it a try. It was amazing! The waiter was so lovely and made us feel so at home. He gave us some great recommendations for what to eat and the best wine that €2 (for 0.5 litre!) could buy! Such a great find and a lovely way to finish off our trip in Albania!

    I can’t comment on meat dishes, but if you are heading to Albania and want to try some great local food- you need to try;

    Albanian breakfast pancakes
    Stuffed peppers
    Baked aubergines
    Traditional pie (a bit like a crêpe)
    Traditional beans

    It was all so good!! :) I would recommend this country to travel. (Although I think that I would have felt slightly intimidated if I was travelling alone- often you would struggle to find a girl anywhere in the evening, bit strange) However, the people were friendly and did not harass us even in the bigger cities. Driving culture is another story... but overall a must visit for the beautiful scenery!
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Rrethi i Shkodrës, Rrethi i Shkodres

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