Athens was ok, but after all the touristy monuments and ruins were out of the way, there wasn’t much to stick around for. So I hit the road north towards Albania.
My road trip to Tirana was as beautiful as it was surprising. I had done exactly zero research or planning for Albania, so had no expectations. I didn’t realize there would be so many beautiful mountains and coasts. I was pleasantly surprised. All you really hear about The Balkans back home, is war related and devastating. Now that I’ve seen it, I would encourage any and all travelers to visit!
I stayed at a little and cozy hostel in the center of Tirana. I was very happy to find food so good and cheap. I was eating like a king for two euro or less. Wandering around the city, it seemed like everything was in ruin, but still colorful; not grey and depressing like in Soviet-block places. I really didn’t want to leave Albania! Next stop, Kosovo!