Grand Hotel Europa
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... have hot water! Their generosity did not however, extend to the supply of toilet paper.
After a short return ferry ride, we have driven the short distance north to the Albanian/Greek border.
No issues at the border, about ten minutes in total, the most hassle free we have done in many years. A short drive and cable ferry river crossing to the Roman ruins of Butrint.
Being Albania hardly another tourist to be seen.
Spoke to soon on ...
... at the 5th floor. The man says, "Are you going down?" -- "No, I'm going up." -- "Why did you stop here then?"
And here is a courtesy that can be recommended for smoothing over minor difficulties. It occurred after Lear accidentally stepped on a pipe-bowl. "The polite Mohammedan said, 'The breaking of such a pipe-bowl would indeed under ordinary circumstances be disagreeable; but in a friend every action has its charm!' ...
... and there is no problem.'
And that's exactly how it should be.
We headed out for a traditional Albanian meal but were unable to find one. There was one place near by the hostel that was recommended to us but they didn't have anything due to power outages that day and they told us that it'd be at least three hours till they'd have anything local ready. We were too hungry to wait that long. The chick from our hostel had also recommended a cheap seafood place that ...
... outside can be refined to quite an art. In an adjacent piazza, an enterprising street seller, whose cart is a mobile hard liquor stand, shoves five darts in your hand and promises a free drink in exchange for a bullseye. Of course you don't hit the tiny bullseye. The penalty being that you morally required to fork over a euro for a thimble full of rotgut aquadente. But you walk away feeling you have gotten your euros worth of entertainment. Across the piazza, you ...
... chicken fell from the sky and splattered in front of me. (True story, albeit a half-eaten one thrown from a commission flat window). So as we left the border into Albania our apprehension was full throttle. We had decided we would just follow nice looking roads using the compass, and keep riding until we felt comfortable. Just then an ancient Albanian Goddess heard my thoughts and sensed my fears, sending us a mammoth detailed map of Albania randomly on the side of the road. A ...