As beautiful as the mountains and forest on the Macedonian side have been, as deserted and unpleasant Albania welcomed me on his eastern border. Roads that made it hard to find any concrete in between the holes and almost unbearable heat without any trees for shade, I was really tempted to just drive back into Macedonia right away…
Macedonia was another one of the countries I didn’t consider for visiting on this trip. So entering the country not being biased by any prior research I was more than pleasantly surprised. The people and the sights Macedonia has to offer turned it into another of my favorite countries of this trip.
A big part of traveling is dealing with prejudices against people, places and countries. As for Bulgaria I was warned by almost everybody to not go there. One guy from Turkey told me he won’t even stop to get gas there. I was just about to tell everybody how wrong they are… but let’s have some communism first.
My original plan was to pass through Bulgaria just to transit to Turkey and proceed further east. I learned now that plans are generally overrated and so my journey back west started. To Plovdiv, and then south east again. I wasn’t prepared for the surprises Bulgaria had to offer, not all of them positive unfortunately. Continue reading
When I was at the beginning of my journey through Romania, I was recommended to stay in Vama Veche. This is a really nice Hippie, chill and enjoy – beach, I was told. This used to be a really nice Hippie, chill and enjoy – beach, I was told later… there is only one way to find out the truth.
Seeing the Mud Volcanoes (Paclele Mari) close to Bucau was one of the things that I had planned from the really beginning of this trip. Little that I knew that at the moment that I arrived at the neighboring campground, the volcanoes where the really last thing I was caring about. Continue reading
Making it out of the back roads and arriving back to civilization, I set my mind for the next goal in Romania. I wanted to go and drive on the mountain road that was voted best road of the world by Top Gear UK, the Transfagarasan Highway. Continue reading