A is for Albania

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!

Albanian beer

Albanian beer

Albanian Currency

Albanian Currency

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!

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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.

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3 thoughts on “A is for Albania

  1. Hi Jenna,

    You certainly are visiting a lot of interesting places. Don’t you just love the freedom to chose where you go when, how long you stay, where you go next, what you do during the day and night, etc. etc. etc. Traveling by backpack has it’s up’s and down’s but as I recall the freedom I felt was awesome.

    P.S. I’m sure you must know that Andrew is moving to Austin, TX in October. He came over to our house this past weekend for lunch and to pick Beth’s brain for contacts, etc.

    • I do love the freedom! I booked a spur of the moment ticket to Bali leaving in a few days. I book day by day now and it is making the trip MUCH better.

      I know about Andrew as well and Austin is amazing. Hands down my favorite city in Texas.

      Hope all is well!

  2. We went to Bali for our Honeymoon! You will probably hang out in Kuda, a surfing town. We stayed at two different Hyatt’s Nusa Dua and Sonur. Also on our Honeymoon in 1995 WAY before the book Eat, Pray and Love came out we visited and purchased a drawing from the Shama in the book/movie Ketut Liyer who lives in Ubud. While it can be difficult to witness I would recommend that if you can see or attend a funeral, where they burn the dead, it’s pretty amazing. Again a bit difficult to watch but if you could witness a cock fight, it’s cool to see the local’s get into it. Our Mask Maker in Ubud is Ida Bagus Amon, he makes AMAZING MASKS. I know you can’t carry stuff around but you could purchase one and send it home. If you do see Ida let me know I may give you money to but us another mask!

    You will LOVE Bali!

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