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Balkans Adventure – From Tirana to Durres – Part 11

Balkans Adventure – From Tirana to Durres – Part 11

With a day to spare in Tirana, and the temperatures steadily climbing into the high 30s, I decided a day at the beach was needed, so packed my budgie smugglers and headed down towards the resort town of Durres. This though would prove to be much more of a challenge than I had first assumed, the train service no longer seemed to exist, or if it did, departed from some godforsaken town nowhere near the city. After doing a bit…

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Balkans Adventure – Spontaneous Trip to Prizren – Part 9

Balkans Adventure – Spontaneous Trip to Prizren – Part 9

Spontaneity is one of the joys of travel, with no work commitments or bosses to tell you what to do, you can just get up and make a decision, that is how I ended up on a Soviet-era bus, heading for the picturesque town of Prizren. Like all of the best spontaneous decisions, it started with the weather forecast, an idea and most importantly a chocolate croissant. I had booked 3-days in Pristina which in hindsight did seem a bit…

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Balkans Adventure – New Rules in Pristina – Part 7

Balkans Adventure – New Rules in Pristina – Part 7

Following on from the disaster that was Part 6, in Part 7 I get held at the border, avoid the motorway and finally arrive at Pristina (Prishtina), enjoy the ride. We pick this story up at the Kosovo border post, where a Serbian stamp in my passport was about to cause a whole host of issues. Now, of course, being the reasonable and intelligent traveller which I am, I had researched getting in and out of Kosovo thoroughly beforehand. What…

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Balkans Adventure – The Road to Kosovo – Part 6

Balkans Adventure – The Road to Kosovo – Part 6

The road to Kosovo isn’t some sort of complex metaphor to define years of animosity and outright war, it is, in fact, a rather bumpy, pothole death track through the middle of a mountain range, full of bandits, criminals and little old ladies selling tea… I believe my hatred for bus stations has already been well documented and trust me Skopje bus station did very little to change those opinions. Buying my ticket was both a simple and complicated process….

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Balkans Adventure – Kale & Jewellery up the Skopje Fortress – Part 5

Balkans Adventure – Kale & Jewellery up the Skopje Fortress – Part 5

In this part I get offered a bunch of rather handsome jewellery, eat ice cream and discover a fortress made of Kale, sorry I mean a Kale Fortress, nope, sorry again, the Skopje Fortress. Welcome to Part 5! After successfully conquering the Skopje Cross, I had one more day to explore the city. Actually, on that subject, I think I should talk a little more about Skopje because it is really is a one of a kind city. The whole…

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