Oh hey there!! It´s been a while… but I´m still here, and after an embarrassingly long break in updates (summer is always crazy and this little blog of mine gets a bit neglected) I am back, as if nothing happened, to continue sharing our campervan journey through southern and eastern Europe.
We were apprehensive about Montenegro and particularly Albania for a few reasons. First of all, was the fact that we were travelling with our dog and by entering these 2 countries, we were exiting the European Union. No big deal there, as he has all his paper work and doggie passport in order. But we had been warned that it could be tricky re-entering the EU with a pet and since we were headed to Greece, this was a concern.
And secondly, because without fail, every single person we told about our plans to drive through Albania told us not to do it. None of these people had ever been in Albania before so in retrospect I´m not sure why we gave their unfounded opinions as much importance as we did, but retrospect is 20/20, as they say. Albania is a poor country, but people are friendly and we really didn´t feel like it deserves the reputation it has. The coastline in particular is beautiful, especially the southern stretch, and as yet undeveloped, but this is already changing and it seems like the inevitable expansions are going to happen unchecked and pretty soon it will be over-developed like the south of Portugal and Spain… generic and nasty. Which would be a pity, as this coastline is gorgeous, and I hope that I´m wrong. Only time will tell.
Many of those shots are keepers. I am glad you decided to make your dog a companion, gladder that you didn’t run into trouble because of him. Poor folks are not necessarily nasty, but to be sure crime and poverty are the long lost lovers you would want to steer clear of.
Thank you for your kind words!
Kudos to you for going boldly where others are scared to! You were rewarded with a wonderful “undiscovered” locale and beautiful pictures. I mean, this is what travel dreams are made of: colorful, gorgeous photos of a country that is not touristy! I hope you were able to reenter the EU with little difficulty!
As always, adore your photos and thanks for the wanderlust! 🙂
Thank you Anita, we made it back into Greece with no problems at all, all our stress was for nothing. 🙂
Those are beautiful pictures. I landed on your blog because I was looking for tips on traveling through Greece, but now I am falling in love with Albania!
Hi to both Kerry and Nish , I am from Albania and I am so glad to see so many people are interesed in my beautiful country.If you ever have a questions do ask , in the mean time lets support eachother.I am definitly following you two.
Beautiful post! They are both on my list 😉