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Entries in Balkans Tour (7)

Wednesday
Sep142011

Shortest Way to the Infinity Pool: Straight through the Riot Police

As I scrambled off the bus in Athens, barely alive from my Tylenol PM + Valium coma, I realized I had no idea where I was. Once again, I was falsified into believing that my bus would arrive... well... at the bus station. Bus stations are easy to navigate, often have a conveniently placed map of the city in some ominous graffiti covered Plexiglas case, and more importantly, are accustomed to English speaking dumbfracks like...

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Friday
Sep092011

How to get from Croatia to Greece by Bus

My end destination was always Greece. And I had originally planned on flying straight there. But before I booked a ticket, I researched immigration into Greece and found very quickly that there are several cases of Greece being one of the toughest countries to gain entry into as a non-EU citizen because of lazy borders in the past. As I would come to find out, the Greeks didn’t give a shite who I was or where I was...

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Wednesday
Sep072011

The Longest Bus Ride in My Life

Now we get to the part of the trip I was dreading the most. Not only is this the notorious 17 hour bus ride I had heard about, but it’s also the point where I have to attempt to illegally cross back into the EU/Schengen Europe. I am terrified, to put it lightly. I found the tourist office pretty quickly. The owner didn’t speak English, but he did understand when I pointed to Athens on a map. He wrote out €30 on a piece of paper and...

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Monday
Sep052011

The Most Inefficient Way to Get From Montenegro to Albania

I knew this day was going to be long. After the delays in Croatia, I didn’t have much extra time to spare. At this rate, if I went straight from Tivat to Athens, I should arrive just about the same time as Justin, Manuel, Mitch and Iggy. In case I got refused at the border and had to try to reenter from somewhere else, I wanted to leave myself a little wiggle room. As such, I would be spending the next 24 hours on a bus. I left the hostel in Tivat at..

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Friday
Sep022011

The Tallest People in the World Are From Montenegro

No seriously. These people are giants! I looked it up on Wikipedia and apparently, they’re not THAT much taller than the rest of the world. But tell that to my eyes. The average person here walking down the street is a good 4-5 inches taller than me. Anyway. I began the day early. Well, early-ish. I left the hostel about 9:30 so I could try and catch the 10:30 bus from Dubrovnik to Tivat, Montenegro. Unfortunately for me, a...

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Wednesday
Aug312011

Doing Nothing in Dubrovnik

Ah. Sleep. I’ve been traveling for what... a DAY and already I’m tired and in need of a sleep in? So far, I’m just giving myself more and more evidence to my position among the elderly. Anyway, I slept in late in my amazing king sized bed. I took a long shower and went down to the market to get some stuff for lunch. First thing I notice about Croatians is cream cheese. Cream cheese is like, the national food here, and instantly, I’m...

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Tuesday
Jul262011

Spending the Night on a Towel on a Concrete Floor

For those of you who didn’t know, I will be spending the next two weeks on a quick tour of the west coast of the Balkan peninsula. If you have no idea what that is, click here to read the wikitravel article for a bit of background. I will be starting in Zadar croatia and working my way slowly down the coast by bus through Bosnia & Herzegovinia, Montenegro and Albania before arriving in Greece.

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