Witches in Montenegro

Trip Start Aug 18, 2010
Trip End Apr 09, 2011

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Montenegro is beautiful country. Through most of its history it has been "off the map." The countryside is rugged, and in general the terrain is similar to Scandinavian Fjords: High mountains ending right at the sea line. Nestled along these coasts are a series of small towns built at the foothills. 

The people here, I have found, are generally very laid back, and enjoy living a very idyllic life of farming. There is, to go along with this, a strong sense of superstition. When I was there I asked several of the locals about hiking trails in the mountains. To my surprise nonone seemed to know of any, and it was only after a string of calls to other people in the town that someone was able to find me local trails to hike on. The locals warned me I should be back by nightfall.

Assuming they were just worried about me getting lost in the forest, I headed out for my day. 

In actuality, they were worried about witches. Apparently the common knowledge was that they lived alone up in the mountains, preying upon innocent strangers. 

This superstition is all fine and good, but here is seriously a summary of my trip hiking:
I found a lone small kitten alone in the forest crying for help, and taking pity on it I picked it up and carried it several miles to a small shack deep in the forest. There I found an old woman living alone, who took the kitten and invited me in for tea. 

I'm pretty sure this is the start of a Grimm fairytale.

To add to this, the only other person I saw on my journey was a woodcutter, walking alone along a path carrying a large ax on his shoulder. No words were said, we just passed each other in silence.  When I returned to the guest house I was staying at and told the locals this story, they actually crossed themselves. 

So that's my Montenegro trip.

 Oh, are you wondering what happened after the tea? 

I'm saving the story to sell to Steven King. 

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