Chateau Linza Hotel
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Well after our several days of 'relaxation' in Greece, we were in for a bit of a culture shock upon arriving in Albania... Firstly there was actually getting into the country at the border. The 30 of us were sitting on the coach at the border for about 20 minutes when our tour leader Owen came back on the bus and asked the group if anyone had two …
... don't just cross the street even when the light is green for you, you run for your life! In just the half day I spent in this city, I saw one person being ran over and many more really close to it, apart from many saved for a centimiter car accidents. People here drive like chased by the devil! Other one is the thing that in Albania, due to its history, most of the population is muslim, and so it was the first place i've been where there are so many ...
... while one guy stood next to him! We rearranged ourselves as people got out but it was a funny ride. The day ended with a few drinks at the hostel and a few yarns with the 3 other kiwis that were staying there.
The next morning we caught an 8am bus to Saranda. It was pouring with rain and this had us a bit worried. It turns out our worry was well-founded. The drive was terrible, the roads were like dirt tracks and the weather was shocking. We stopped after a few hours ...
... horses chasing cows, people holding up and selling rabbits, and more strange things by the side of the road. We then headed to the hostel I had booked which was about 20mins walk away so by the time we got there we were all pretty tired and sweaty (its hot here!). So we got to the hostel and checked in and rested for a while before heading out to find an ATM (again a hard task) and then went to get some food. ...
... fine plus he never gets the front seat because he just falls asleep. We have a big van for the trip which is good and another reason why Adventures Abroad was chosen because one of the other companies was just going to put us into a car so all three of us would have been sitting in the back seat. This van was a Mercedes Benz and quite a nice vehicle.
Took us a bit of time to get into the center of Tirana. Lots ...
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