One wild and crazy Albanian weekend

What happens when you rent an older model 4×4 jeep with three other friends, name the jeep hot dog, and decide to drive around the country? Read on to find out. Friday was… Continue reading

Welcome to the land of dangerous hospitality

Ever fantasized about hitting the road and going deep into the depths of Albania? Chances are slim, but I am here to suggest you should start. *Note: Danger in the title is not in a… Continue reading

Albanian life: Mango scented toilet paper and 11 other details

The devil is in the details and there are some strange things going on here in Albania. Ever wanted a little teaser of life in Albania? Read on. 1. I have no idea… 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

Breaking up is hard to do

A reflection on a passionate but short lived relationship: I was going steady with Pristina but instead of a class ring we sealed the deal with this amazing half of chicken. Those that know… 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

The siren song of Macedonia

Skopje (pronounced scope-ya – damn that tricky Albanian language) is the capital of Macedonia and about a two hour bus ride from Pristina. There are so many great niches to explore in the Balkans,… Continue reading

Within hours of a grenade attack

As many of you may have read, this past friday I travelled to the southern (Albanian) half of the town of Mitrovica. I was shocked to read this morning that yesterday a grenade… 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