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May 31, 2018 - Budva

The 180 kms drive from Zabljak to Budva was nowhere as spectacular as the prior day but the road was brilliant except for a stretch up to the Ostrog Monastery. By now we were getting a little ho-hum with the monastery-church thingy but seeing that this one was on our way we thought why not. The road was a little treacherous and the long climb from the carpark was taxing but we struggled on. Strangely we started getting feelings of deja vu.....and how right they were. We had visited this place on a cold, wet day back in 2009 and really did...

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Nov 22, 2014 - This was not in my plans!

My brother-in-law said, “Humor is bad things happening to someone else, far away”. By that definition, today was a very humorous day! The day started normal enough. I bought a large croissant at the local bakery and ate it in the common room at the hostel. After that, I rented a bicycle for the day from the hostel. My plan was to roam through the neighboring towns along the bay. But, before that, I needed to buy a bus ticket for my next stop, which will be Dubrovnik in Croatia. Although I could walk from my hostel to the bus station, it...

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Balkans 2014

Nov 21, 2014 - A tourist in Kotor

My original plan was to visit Kotor, a little further north. The medieval town of Kotor is a UNESCO site and was high on my list of places to visit on this trip. So, early this morning, I packed up, left my keys in the room, and quietly headed out of Budva (Everyone here seems to sleep late.) Once outside the Old Town, I quickly located a taxi and asked for a ride to the bus station. As we rode along, the driver asked to take me all the way to Kotor for $25 Euro ($32). I've found that it's critical to learn the standard taxi rates because...

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Nov 20, 2014 - Budva

Today was a lazy day! After several days of running around Albania, I needed a rest day. Plus, I was getting seriously behind on my journal. Just like Gjirokaster was an ancient city where the only goal was to imagine its historical past; so too with Budva, Montenegro. The city of Budva is about 3,500 years old, which makes it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic Sea coast. At one time or another, it was claimed by every major power in the region, including Greeks, Romans, Venetians, and Ottomans. Later, it was affected by the...

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Nov 19, 2014 - Getting out of town

The only plans for today are to get out of Albania! My original plan was to visit one or more of the coastal cities in Montenegro: Bar, Budva and/or Kotor. I knew that there were no trains to any of these destinations and that Albania's bus system is difficult to follow. An Internet search only showed one transit headed to Kotor and it only ran on certain days of the week. One of those days is today! I did not want to spend three more days in Albania with feather pillows so I immediately called the company that listed the transit to Kotor....

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May 27, 2014 - Still waters

The casual observer walking around Pristina could easily conclude that this is a place no different to any other bustling European capital. In many ways it isn't. Look a little closer though and you might see signs things are a little different here, that maybe all is not as untroubled as it first appeared. There are the memorials in Ibrahim Rugova Square to those who died in 1999/2000; the toy UN tank and peacekeepers for sale in the supermarket; references to EULEX around the city; the police booth guarding the Kosovo Museum; and the...

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Jan 19, 2014 - Please stop calling me lucky

We need to find a new word to replace lucky. This word makes it sound like someone handed us our good fortune on a silver platter. And I for one have spent more years than I care to remember looking up to see the poverty line. No luck brought me out of that, hard work did. Ok, yes I am lucky in that I live in a time and come from a country that allows me (a woman) to be out in the world, for the most part, without difficulties. And yes, I lived a life that had work so that I could make money. But when I got my first post degree job, a few...

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Jul 5, 2012 - Budva and Montenegro

The small country of Monetnegro is Europe's newest country being granted independence in 2006. We stopped for the night is the coastal town of Budva which has amazing beaches and an interesting old town. After drinks at a beachside restaurant, we wandered the old town visiting the citadel which offered great views of the surroundig landscape.

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Finding Cheryl 2012

May 21, 2011 - Sveti Stefan is not a swedish masseuse

Today, I went for a drive down the coast to see Sveti Stefan. A name you'll agree would be great for a masseuse or even a porn star. Sveti Stefan is currently an exclusive hotel on a small island just off the shore, with a bridge connecting it to shore. To the right of sveti Stefan is a beach just for those who can afford a room on the island. Only guests are allowed on the island. Its a shame that a hotel owns the island. I'm probably surprised they don't charge 10 euros for a day pass. Its very nice and photogenic so i drove up to the top...

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Jun 28, 2010 - Sveti Stefan und Budva

Wunderschoenes Sveti Stefan. Einst eine Hotelinsel vor dem Jugoslawienkriegen ist sie momentan geschlossen, auch hier wird gebaut, bzw. momentan nicht, da das Investorenangebot aus Singapore zu teuer war, entschied man sich fuer einen Griechen.... seit Monaten geht gar nichts mehr :-( Man sagte uns, ev. geht naechstets jahr was weiter. Man sucht arab. od. russiche Investoren. Nichts desto trotz ist der Blick auf dem ehemaligen Tummelplatz Hollywoods (Sophia Loren, Sly Stallone, Claudia Schiffer,...) einmalig schoen, wir fanden auch 1 tolle...

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Jun 8, 2010 - Budva, MONTENEGRO

Tuesday, June 8 Our group was ready to leave the Monastery as early as possible since it wasn't the most pleasant place to stay. We decided to get an early start and left at 6:15 AM, after the fellow at reception insisted we have a shot of his home made mix. Rather odd coming from the person looking after the Monastery. I had a bit of a cough, so took it for medicinal purposes only, but having a shot that early in the morning on an empty stomach was a bit rough. It cleared up my cough though! We had a mini-van drop us off on the main...

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Apr 16, 2009 - Shkoder-Budva

We got dropped off in in Shkoder. We had intended to get another mini bus to Ulcinj which is just across the border and then find another one to Budva, which was where we were aiming for. However in Shkoder we found a taxi that was willing to take us all the way to Budva for half the price they had been asking in Tirana. So we decided this was the way to go. Just 10 mins out of town we came to the dodgiest border crossing we have ever made. Down a dirt track to a single small building where we went through Albania immigration. Actually our...

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