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... the banking system was males standing on street corners with wads of bills in their hands. So the rush to get rich is on but at a curiously slow pace that modifies some of the horrors that can happen when you suddenly open beautiful land such as Albania's beaches and alps to the highest bidder. A couple hours up the Adriatic coast gets you to Budva Montenegro where ugly high rise vacation condos for the European rich are stacked one on the other up the hillside mimicking of the ...
... the door opened we were relieved to see it wasn't a run down place like all the places surrounding it! We had a really nice and enthusiastic guy, Ady, check us in, then without intending to, we fell asleep straight away! When we finally woke up, we got a recommendation for dinner, then as we were walking out we heard someone asking directions to the same place, so invited him along with us. His name was Chris, and he was also from Melbourne, and has massive ...
The city seems to exist in a constant limbo between post WWII and old communist mentality and 21st century modernization. Luxury cars are parked in front of run down and abandoned buildings, new office and apartment towers neighbour decaying ones from what seems like a past lifetime and roadways are of poor quality. Yet among it all, there is a warmth towards foreigners but it's greatly hindered by the language barrier. Pollution is a major issue throughout ...
... markets' (more like piles of stuff that you can pick through), and via the petrol station to fill up. Once we were out of the city we were on our way and passed towns and houses where people were working in their farm areas, there were men shepharding sheep, and a lot of random donkeys tied up on fences along the roadside. Its an interesting bus ride through Albania, that’s for sure.
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... So very nice to be warm in our house and have plenty of hot water.
That’s our trip. We enjoyed it. We were very glad we went. We think Albania is a lovely country and full of good things to see and visit. We think we will not ever go in the winter again and would advise people to stay in the “high tourist” season for a few more years until they catch on that people like to visit at all times of the ...
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