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Elbo (elsewhere-bound) May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. I will be updating this journal on my adventures in Albania 05/06/13 - 05/09/13.

Albanian Sylvester Stallone showed me his fish

ALBANIA | Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | Views [4752] | Scholarship Entry

Allow me to set the scene. A 20 year-old man's idea to take three month solo trip to the massively unknown land of Albania comes to fruition. The sun is piping hot, the people are friendly, though the Albanian language is toilsome, and I ride my bicycle ... Read more >

Tags: 2014 Travel Writing Scholarship - Euro Roadtrip

Lake Koman

ALBANIA | Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | Views [1122]

The early start left me a little sleepy, but once I was in the off-roader minibus, being thrown around the chassis, void of a seatbelt, I was well awake. My boss, Niko, the driver, a German family of five , a German couple, and myself, headed along the ... Read more >

Tags: albania, communism, fjord, hydro-dam, koman, lake, water

A day in the life of a volunteer: Lake Shkodra Resort, Albania

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 | Views [2496] | Comments [4]

Of course, it must be duly noted that each volunteering experience is different, for each person, for each project, location and timespan. In the past, I've had a double bed and a kitchen in an apartment, to then sharing a bed in a static caravan and ... Read more >

Tags: albania, cycling, help, hot, lake, volunteer, volunteering

The park on top of a castle

ALBANIA | Monday, 17 Jun 2013 | Views [1171] | Comments [2]

Already time seems to be propelling forward at a rate much quicker than on the humble British Isles. Surely we all feel that; whenever we are abroad, time just slips away, faded into history, to be remembered as digital photographs and plastic souvenirs.... Read more >

Tags: albania, castle, cycling, lake, museum, plumber, tourism, watches

The last two days

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | Views [645]

Today being Wednesday. On Monday I was up early to cycle into Shkoder to buy a backpack, I didn't want to spent too long in the city because one of the campers, Lukas, whom I had befriended was leaving and I wanted to say bye. The cycle in was much ... Read more >

Tags: albania, bamboo, building, cafe, camping, construction, cycle, fake

Where some have tried, some have failed, but some have made it, and some have bailed.

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 9 Jun 2013 | Views [704]

So, I'll try not to make a habit of making a post every day, but bare with me, there are a few good stories hidden within this one!   The day started with a planned cycle to Shkoder and back, which is about 15km. I had the intention of buying ... Read more >

Tags: albania, cafe, danger, lake, market, scutari, shkoder, stallone, sun

Cycle to Mes bridge

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 8 Jun 2013 | Views [1072]

Today I went for a massive cycle today through the small Albanian villages nearby, my bosses Niko and Faye said it was fine for me to take a bike. Verdyanna (phonetic spelling) told me it would only take an hour for me to get there and back, it took ... Read more >

Tags: albania, camping, cycle, friendly, irish, mes, mountains, ottoman, people

Photos: Albania

ALBANIA | Friday, 7 Jun 2013 | Photo Gallery

Albania photos!
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Journey to Albania

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 6 Jun 2013 | Views [689]

So, I made it to Albania unscathed! It was a long journey, but great nonetheless. Firstly I suffered two coaches, one from Northampton to London Victoria, and a second from Victoria to Gatwick. Going through Croydon was the highlight, I never ... Read more >

Tags: airplane, albania, beach, camping, flying, lake, roads

Photos: Portugal 2012

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 26 May 2013 | Photo Gallery

A few captures from a two month trip volunteering in Portugal
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UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 25 May 2013 | Views [564]

Is it a story if you only go an hour away? I'd like to think so. Though this is in the Albania story folder, it is actually the last UK trip I will make pre-Albania.   I've just returned from a four day trip to Leicester, UK, with my friend ... Read more >

Tags: canal, leicester, leics, midlands, overflow, river, short break, soar

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