Into the Balkans I go

Trip Start Mar 01, 2010
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Trip End Aug 23, 2010


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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The next leg of my journey has begun. After a 13+ hour flight from Buenos Aires to Rome then a hour flight from Rome to Tirana, Albania, I am finally in the Balkans. Everyone I have met is incredibly kind, however it is incredibly daunting and overwhelming to be in a country that you can't even say hello, please and thank you. However, when I really needed it, there was someone around who spoke English so I got by. 

I think Tirana is a city that you really need to spend some time in and get to know. Unfortunately I didn't have the time or energy to do that. I had two really good meals for $10 and $12, including wine of course. The buildings were brightly colored, sometimes with stripes and spots. My childish eyes loved it. However, every time I crossed the street, I risked my life. Like really risked my life. There is no organization there in that regard. red lights don't matter, let alone the pedestrian lights. As a result, everyone jaywalks at any place on the street and people hope that they don't get hit and cars hope they don't hit people. 

They city has 1-2 million people, but I was able to walk the key parts in an afternoon. I didn't do any museums because when you don't know two words of a language, it can be really overwhelming. 

My first hostel stay was successful. There were 5 beds in my room, but I only had one roommate -an Italian dude that I only saw for 5 minutes. I talked to him for a second before I went for dinner, and when I got back he was asleep. When I came back from the bathroom in the morning after my morning routine, he was gone. I didn't see too many other people there either. There wasn't a common room so if i was going to be there longer, it would have been annoying. However, since I was just there for a flash visit, it didn't matter much.

Tomorrow I walk across the border into Macedonia. 
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