The Balkan Countries

Trip Start Apr 27, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

This is where the story starts to get interesting.

I decided that I didnt want to be a normal tourist and take a plane back to Zagreb from Dubrovik.  I was trying to get to Sofia, Bulgaria and the quickest way is thru Montenegro - passing Kosovo and then into Serbia.

24 hours of traveling:
I caught a 5 hour bus ride from Dubrovnik to Podgorica, Montenegro.  Montenegro is a country that I would love to rent a car, bike, moped and just travel up and down the harbor.  What a beautiful chunk of earth!  Met a German and a girl from Macedonnia which was super helpful in getting me a ticket to my next destination. 

Now Im in the capital of Montenegro and there really is not much.  My original plan was to stay the night but after first sight I thought it would be best to just keep traveling.  I got an 11 hour bus ride to NIS, Serbia.  I felt like I was back in Ecuador.  First off I could not fit in my seat so I had to turn and face the aisle.  The guy next to me thought it was ok to sit/lay on half my seat.  I was scared crapless to recline because I had some fat guy behind me and I think his stomach was already touching my seat without me reclining.  Every hour or so I would recline an inch just to see how he would react and by the fourth hour I was finally reclined which wasnt much.  There was a negative to this.  The fat guy had no where to put his arms so he thought it would be ok to put them on my head.  I could feel his breath on my hair and the bronchitis cough that he had was directed towards my neck.  I would try to anticipate his coughs and turn my head to the cough so his disease would not land on my skin.
Some guy in the back of the bus was drinking and playing loud local music the whole freakin time.  Remember this is an overnight bus.  No one seemed to care so I had to follow suit.  For about 10 minutes I wanted to scream " Let me off this GOD forsaken bus" but then I just had to think about good old Ecuador.  The only difference is that   I could not communicate with the people on the bus and I really did not know how safe it was for an American to travel.

Which leads me to my next story.  I was trying to keep the American thing on the DL (Down LOw) but when they collected our passports at the borders they would read off the names and everybody had Russian sounding names and then it comes to me and he just butchers my name and now its clear that Im the only foreigner on the bus. 

I didnt eat anything because I never knew which currency they used.  Half the time during that ride I didnt know what country I was in.

Took a local bus from Nis to the border of Serbia and Bulgaria.

I have noticed that when I do ask for help people are very friendly and the younger generation seems to know English well.
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mattcross on

Dude that is hilarious. welcome to Eastern Europe!

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