Category Archives: Tales from the road

The end of our 2-month hitch-hiking trip across the Balkans and the last days in Vienna

People walking on Stephanplatz, seen from the top of the cathedral, Vienna, Austria
Ania spends a couple of days walking around, admiring its great architecture, eating exotic fruit we found on Naschmarkt, listening to classical music and playing card games with a chess master who was my host.

Hitchhiking through Kosovo & Macedonia to industrial and grimy Nis in Serbia

Square of King Alexander Unifier, Nis Serbia
Yet another surprise was ahead of us when we crossed the border of the 10th country on our itinerary, Serbia. We heard stories of its former power, its great monuments and apparently the most beautiful nature on the whole peninsula. You can easily imagine our disappointment when we crossed the Serbian border to find ourselves in a grey, industrial land where cars went whizzing past...

Prishtina hitchhike, staying with a Kosovar businessman and a grim grey cafe culture

War destroyed building in Pristina, Kosovo
We are visiting the capital of Kosovo, Pristina. It's not big, it's not beautiful but somewhere hidden away is a steadfast cafe culture....

Our first experience of hitch-hiking in Kosovo, drinking rakija with the locals and attending the Prizren film festival

Sinan Pasha Mosque and the Old Town, Prizren, Kosovo
We are hitch-hiking in Europe's newest country Kosovo, learning about the local ethnic divide and drinking rekija at far to early in the afternoon...

The confident hitchhike from Albania to Macedonia and Ania’s Ohrid surprise

Ohrid by night, seen from the hill where we got engaged, Ohrid, Macedonia
Crossing borders has never been so easy with the help of our ‘businessman’ friend and his box of tricks and Ania gets the surprise of her life on our nostalgia trip to where we first met...

Tanks to Berat in Albania, Visiting Berat Castle and Leaving before it was Time

Houses on the castle hill, Berat, Albania
Join us we hitch-hike in the greatest vehicle of all time as we continue our Albanian odyssey to the wonderful UNESCO town of Berat in Albania...

Our first experience of hitch-hiking in Albania, camping wild and getting lost in the forest

Sunset on the beach near Spille, Albania
We try our hand at hitch-hiking in Albania and become a bit too ambitious in hiding our tent so deep in the woods when we only have a rubbish torch...

Entering Albania, the Albanian capital and when assumptions makes an arse of you and me

Albanian landscape through a truck's window
A new country and a new experience. Find us entering Albania, where we encounter communist architecture, Roma protests and a world we’d known nothing...
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