I was up before the crack of dawn, more excited than a four year old on Christmas morning!
We stuffed a little Ford Fiesta with suitcases, bottled water and our laptop. We were heading north from Saranda, Albania and our goal was to make it to Ulcinj, Montenegro by sun down. The Albanian coast from Saranda to Vlore is unbelievable and completely undiscovered. The country side in northern Albanian is really beautiful too but the middle…it’s the perfect time to take a nap!
I will never take flat, wide and pothole free roads for granted again.
You know I love Albania but god bless, it’s 2012 and it’s past time to build some decent roads! We saw at least 1,000 able bodied men standing around or drinking coffee so there’s available work force and there’s no shortage of concrete. I’ve noticed it’s easy for people here to boast about what they did back in 291 B.C. but the real question is what are you doing today? How are you making your life and your beloved country better NOW?
Stepping off my soapbox.
We arrived in Ulcinj, our resting spot for the night at around 7 in the evening. We pulled into a place that looked like the picture we had and even though they weren’t who we were looking for they let us use their phone. The owner was very friendly and came to us and directed us to his place.
Ulcinj is only a 45 minute drive from the border and so it’s not surprising that 80% of its population is Albanian.
We were served a delicious traditional dinner with local wine and then we hit the sack! We decided to see a bit of the city before heading to our hotel in Budva where we’d spend the rest of the week. The castle in the center of town was incredible – full of restaurants, residents, an art gallery and a beach below. We ate to our heart’s content and then walked down to have a quick swim.
The Adriatic water is so tempting on a hot afternoon.
We weren’t really expecting Montenegro to be that different from Albania but what we discovered on the road to Budva was that it’s worlds apart. I’ve got over 700 pictures to edit but I’ll post a few every Sunday because Montenegro is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen…
Hungry for More, Monique Alvarez *Have you downloaded my free ebook, The Hungry Soul’s Manifesto? It’s all about remembering what’s important in life – creating purpose and passion, instead of just passing the time amassing stuff. p.s. If there are typos, spelling or grammar mistakes in this post don’t worry about. Those are the kinds of things I’ve worried about for FAR too long. It’s time to just get it out and who cares if it’s not perfect, it’s from the heart!