Budva, das Monaco von Montenegro.... angefangen von der Lage und Einfahrt von oben aus den Bergen bis zur High Society....grins ...denen es eben nicht nach Monaco reicht😂
It was a relaxing morning for a change! We had a lovely balcony so managed to get some sun before we spent the rest of the day travelling!
We arrived at the “bus station” to get the bus over to Montenegro - the taxi driver just dropped us off at the side of the road so we had no idea where to go. After asking a few people and hotel receptionists, we were none the wiser. A fairly friendly looking guy offered us a lift for €30 which was slightly more than the non existent bus so we thought it was a good idea. We arrived at his old Mercedes (couldn’t be any other car in albania could it) and we were on our way! He was very chatty considering we didn’t understand what he was on about. I think he was mentioning the terrible traffic, corrupt police and something about busses... it was a quick journey across the border which was great but unfortunately we were faced with very bad traffic going into Podgorica which took forever. Thankfully our friendly driver had ran out of things to say!
We spent most of the rest of the day looking into car rentals etc but explored a little in the evening. The city didn’t seem too exciting and I got a bit of a weird unfriendly vibe from the people. A cute little dog made our day though as he came around with us as we walked all around the city. We called him Jack and when we stopped in at a bar for a drink we lost him. Amazingly though he found us back at our hostel like 2 hours later! Adorable, wish we could keep him :)
Another good thing about the city- we found a great little restaurant with amazing pizzas and pasta and live music! Although, it’s so strange that smoking is still allowed inside everywhere here- didn’t like that too much.
Good news is we got a good deal for a car rental at only €37 a day and the guy dropped it off for us this evening so we’re all set for another road trip tomorrow morning! Yay!Read more
We had to check out by 10 even though the hostel is practically empty so we just waited in reception for an hour before going to the station.
Bought our tickets and on we got the bus but first Will went and got a bottle of water - he came back laughing. As he was walking past the shop a man came out of one of the offices to go somewhere and he beckoned .... suddenly 3 cats waltz out :) they had a box and chair to sleep in for the mean time until he came back hah
It was a 2 hour ride and I slept the entire way. I don't know at what time I go to bed last night but I know at 5:38 I was still wide awake lol.
Arrived at Podgorica and luckily we walked the way we did because the plan was to meet the Bnb owners dad at the house. As we were walking a man approached us and said hi are you looking for bojana. Firstly, lucky we didn't brush him off because it's normally annoying taxi driers who approach you at stations and secondly luckily i knew our hosts name cause Will didn't have a clue. Yes, we wanted bojana 👍🏼
He drove us to the house.
The outside of the building is so ugly. The corridors smell like bubblegum.
The lift to get up to the 5th level is so dodgy lol hopefully
It doesn't break during our stay.
We just chilled
It's a cozy little apartment.
We went to the shops to buy some basics then came back and both had a 5 hour sleep lol oops.
I've wipped out my sleeping bag because it's cold.
I cooked us hotdogs for dinner which would have been lovely if the bread wasn't stale 😒
We both showered and then watched Big Bang for hours on the laptop. Unfortunately the Tvs sound isn't working for some reason so the dad is gonna drop by tomorrow to have a look.
It's 3:30am and now it's finally time for bed. ☺️Read more
Goood sleep :)
So we did nothing all day😂😂
I looked at work aways and that was the only thing I'd consider productive.
Our tv doesn't work so the dad came and took it to get fixed.
We were like it's fine don't woryy about and he just kept saying "no I MUST fix it" - he was very cute.
Off he went to get it fixed. How very efficient lol.
Within 30 minutes he was back. He fiddled with it for 30 minutes and made 2 phones calls and hey presto - the sound came on 🎉 off he went lol.
We went out for dinner - we put a Chinese place into our map but along the way we came across a Hard Rock Cafe so we popped in there. We didn't spend a cent today so the prices evened out to be ok lol.
The mango berry cooler was there 🎉🎉🎉 (had it in Poland)
We had chicken wings and I had bruschetta. Food I actually wanted 😭😭
The waiter was unfortunately very good so we felt obligated to tip because he was going out of his way.
Walked home and I fell asleep on the couch. William the complete dickhead woke me up at 1am by tickling my face so I opened my eyes and he was standing over me and I screamed.
Heart rate was through the roof.
Thanks to the big idiot I was then wide awake and watched pride and prejudice. I liked it much more than when I saw it with mothers group lol
If I hadn't made myself read the book I probably still wouldnt have got it.
Just proud of myself cause it proved I understood the book correctly haha
We Skyped Jess and Jaxon kept trying to hug the phone 😭❤️Read more
I had an hour long bath/shower this morning trying to sort out my birds nest which is getting worse and worse by the day. My hair has actually died. I want to buy treatment stuff but it's like 10€ 😑boo.
We went to the shopping center down the road and fun fact - Montenegro does not have a single fast food chain which is outrageous because Iraq had McDonalds and Afghanistan has KFC.
Only option was some cafe thing. Eh.
Didn't really want fast food but I'm more pointing out the chance of them having a food court is laughable.
I found a random souvenir store and took my chance and bought a magnet because it's unlikely I'll find another place to get it.
I got a cat bottle opener. We have literally done nothing in this country so it's the only relevant thing I could get.
We bought pasta and sauce for us to make ourselves dinner with tonight and went home.
1 season of Big Bang was watched today 😂
We cooked the pasta but the stove is really bad so the water never reached boiling? Sections were overcooked and others were not cooked enough. It was pretty crap, but cheap so whatever.
We did another load of washing and hung them up outside. Will is out of long pants so he has put on my track pants but they are too short so he looks like a dill.
Another beautifully lazy day.
As tomorrow will be 😂Read more
It's 2:47pm and thus far we have had breakfast and done the dishes. That's it.
Watched Big Bang.
Went to dinner at hard rock again. Service was shit so we didn't tip 🤗
Walked past the American embassy- it is once again ridiculous. A Fort Knox.
Commbank down for the 72 time - 2nd time in Montenegro alone. We had to use our other card. Loving the extra costs 😑😑😑😑😑😑
I wanted a cup of tea so bad I boiled water on the stove.
This house would be perfect if it had a kettle and a drying rack. Oh and tongs.
The air here is really making my chest feel tight.
I couldn't sleep again.
So I got up and I watched 50 shades darker on the laptop - I then went back to the bedroom to try sleep again but got kicked out because I was being too loud with all my tossing at turning hahah
I don't know what time I fell asleep but I know at 6:03 I was awake.
We have also been spending time trying to figure out our route when we go back to the Schengen. Can't wait to go back lol
They play a lot of Michael Jackson around the place.Read more
Went to the bus stop and bought tickets for our trip to Tirana tomorrow.
Then we went to hard rock again for lunch 😂 no where else to go.
It was our first time walking in daylight. The river we walked over looked nice.
Walked back home and bought milk on the way.
Another boring day.
Feeling refreshed :)
Big Bang marathon again
We then facetimed Jess and Jaxon - Jaxon half nearly drowned today... they are currently on a legacy retreat and a girl was holding Jaxon, she got distracted and went to play with her brother and left Jaxon In the deep end of the toddler pool. Jess was close by and obviously rushed to him but he was struggling under the water for a few seconds. 😶😶
Helen was online so we then Skyped them as well.
I packed up my bag.
New country tomorrow 😊Read more
no words for the pure nature and beautiful people of montenegro
Vanmorgen stonden wij al om 8:30 (het is vroeg als je vakantie hebt) op de bus te wachten die ons naar het meer het Nationale Park van Skadar zou brengen. De reis begon moeizaam, want wij stonden in de file. De Montenegrijnen worden door de burenlanden gezien als luie mensen. Om te bewijzen dat het niet zo is, gaan ze elk jaar in het begin van het hoogseizoen steeds aan een groot project beginnen. Dit jaar gaan ze aan een uitbreiding van een drukke autoweg in Budva werken... Raar, maar waar.
Onze gids Vasco vertelden veel over het land. De TUI dude met zijn surfer-look was er ook bij. Johnno heet hij weten wij nu. Hij maakte grapjes en was erg vriendelijk. Een fijne toevoeging aan onze 'vergrijsde' bus.
Van Budva reden wij langs Sveti Stefan en Petrovac door naar Vranjina. Kort gestopt om een mini museum te bekijken, koffie te drinken, plaspauze te houden en snel naar een bootje doorgerend, want wij gingen varen op het meer Skadar.
Het Meer van Skadar (Skadarsko Jezero) is het grootste meer op de Balkan. Met zijn lengte van 48 km en breedte van 14 km is het een van Europa's belangrijkste vogelreservaten. Naast de vele watervogels, is het visrijkdom van het meer ook buitengewoon groot. Het meer ligt zes meter boven zeeniveau. Zo mooi! Vooral het contrast van hoge zwarte bergen met groene bomen en het blauwe water vol met de bloeiende waterlelies. De TUI dude heeft ergens vandaan een fles rakia (rakija) en oliebollen getoverd. Rakia is vergelijkbaar met cognac, gemaakt door distillatie van vergiste vruchten. De drank is erg populair in de gehele Balkan en is erg sterk moet ik zeggen. Het was niet saai bij ons op het bootje met al die aangeschoten hollanders.
Gelunched in het plaatsje Rijeka Crnojevica waar de typische Montegrijnse plattelandse architectuur te vinden was. Lekkere soep, gegrilde vis of een kippetje met mosterd saus met verse salade en aardappelen erbij gegeten. Een glaasje gedronken van de beroemde Montenegrijnse huiswijn 'Vranac'. Op de terugweg nog naar de hoofdstad van Montenegro geweest - Podgorica.
Onze avonturen worden vervolgd! Wij laten ons steeds verrassen 👌
P.s. Op een smal bergwegetje kwam onze bus een tegenligger tegen met een vrouwelijke chauffeur. Gestrest probeerde zij een paar rare manoeuvres uit te halen om aan de kant te gaan. Onze gids was toen iets belangrijks aan het vertellen en heel serieus zei hij tegen ons: 'look at your left. There is a woman trying to shrink her car. If you are women, please, don't drive in Montenegro.'
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