Category Archive: History

A beautiful day trip from Tirana? It depends.

Albania is the only place I have travelled where I have been asked by locals not to take pictures of the bad things and only highlight the good – it is like everyone… Continue reading

Crete for the anti-tourist

Not in the mood for crowds, museums, or packed historic towns that are on everyones rader? Me neither. After spending the last four months living in Albania and having the pleasure of traveling… Continue reading

My happy day trip spot becomes a riot zone

I am having a rather unpleasant re-occurring experience here in the balkans. I visit a place on a calm sightseeing tourist adventure taking in the history and the overall scene, come home and go back to… Continue reading

Blood feuds, goats and a lesson learned

Come with me on a journey to northern Albania, an area known for legendary hospitality, ancient citadels, and blood feuds.  In many villages in the north the people are not governed by 21st century european law, but… Continue reading

The things that warm my heart edition

When I was in college living abroad to me seemed so glamourous! Sexy foreign languages, history around every corner, the promise of attractive exotic men – basically I was hooked. As anyone who… Continue reading

A town divided: A day spent in Mitrovica

To understand what is going on today in Mitrovica (and how I spent my day) allow me to briefly take you back through a very short background on Kosovo. This is an extremely… Continue reading

A love story? Pristina and I go on a first date

   It is not like I had been fooled by a misleading photo in an online dating profile, I knew Pristina was going to be ugly. To quote my Bradt guidebook, “Pristina is… Continue reading