And then the rain came.....

Trip Start Apr 14, 2010
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Trip End Apr 16, 2011


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Sunday, May 16, 2010

From Albania we struggled across the border to Montenegro and immediately the infrastructure improved. There were bus stations, complete with timetables and toilets, and flat, tarmac roads. Heaven. We decided to head to Budva, a big resort town on the coast; for some R&R after Albania.  The coast was stunning and we spent our time exploring the old town and walking along the coast away from the big resorts and into the smaller villages and bays; finding some beautiful ones to swim in.

After a lazy stop we decided we were in the mood for some more mountainous activities and headed up to the amazing sounding Durmitor National Park in the north. This involved a brief stop in Podgorica which is remarkable only in that it is the only capital in the whole of Europe that doesn't even warrant a short section in the Lonely Planet (or "The Bandit" as it has become known).

We then set off on a bouncy, hot and sweaty bus for 4 or 5 hours across beautiful scenery and gorges arrived in the gateway town to the park, found a guest house and booked in a rafting trip for the following day. All good.

And then the rain came. And not just a few showers but continual, heavy torrential rain of monsoonical proportions! Rafting (or even going outside for that matter) was out of the question. Fortunately, we’d met 2 other couples from Oz and NZ the bus trip on the way up who were staying with us so the 6 of us took over the kitchen / living room and spent a very entertaining day playing cards, drinking mulled wine and pondering the fate of the 2 other English guys who had been on the bus, declined to stay in the guest house and headed off into the mountains to camp!

Having given up on seeing the mountains in sunshine anytime soon we then headed back through the rain to the coast and the “mini-Dubrovnik” and, by then, partially flooded, town of Kotor for a brief overnight stop and a climb of yet another hillside fort before heading on to Croatia.
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