After a few weeks of mostly cities and pretty crappy weather, it was time to move on and head to the sunnier coasts of the Balkans. I decided my next stop would be Albania with a one night stop in Tirana on my way to Saranda.
Tirana is much like any other capital city and especially like the capital cities in the Balkans. The Romans had their time here and then the Ottomans and then Albania gained their independence again. I spent the day walking around and taking in a few sites and trying the local beer!
Once I made the journey down the Albanian coast, I arrived in beautiful Saranda and knew I would not be leaving any time soon. Saranda has a lot of Greek influence as the island of Corfu is just 1.5 hours away. The town had everything that I needed for a week of relaxation!
I have stayed in quite a few hostels during my travels and the host at the SR Backpackers was by far the most gracious and helpful person I have ever met. He even hosted a bbq night for us on the beach with delicious skewers and salad and rice! Sometimes, the smallest of things can make all the difference after a few months on the road.