I remember the month I spent in Albania full of people telling me to go to Valbona. That was the first thing that came to mind for everybody, every time I asked about the highlights of the country. I refused every time I was told told of it, because I was running low on money and the place was far off and touristy enough for food and accommodation to be more expensive. I prioritized and decided on not going.
During my last day in the country I still had my mind set on it, but a four hour ferry ride and a bunch of diverse and incredible travelers convinced my otherwise. And damn, that ended up being one of the best decisions I made in two months time.
I don't think I would remember Albania so fondly if not for the night spent in the mountains of the north, still covered in snow in late April.
Ten people from 6 different countries that just met on a ferry ride 5 min ago, decided to spend a a couple of days hiking together. We shared a cottage for the night, scattered around the rooms and raided the closets of blankets and anything that'd make for an extra layer at night. I shared a room with two French guys in their early forties with the funniest and sweetest of accents and a weakness for good food.
That night turned out to be a bonding experience that anticipated a week of traveling around Albania and Kosovo together.
And that's how I took a small break of five months of solo traveling, to enjoy the company of a bunch of strangers that became friends in no time 🏞🎉🍻🍪
There are always some challenging people on your Christmas list: the people who have everything, the picky people, the people who don't like clothes, or shoes, or fragrance, or knick knacks. As I've said in the past, when choosing gifts for the selective bunch, think of their interests or talents.
If you have a nature lover on your list, I've got a good one.
The Large Squirrel-Resistent Feeder from Lee Valley Tools is great for the person on your list who loves watching the birds and enjoying nature. Not only is it a beautifully large and vibrant feeder, it's designed to keep squirrels out.
Now, I have nothing against the little furry-tailed rodents, except for the fact they tease my dog incessantly, but anytime I've ever used a bird feeder in my yard, the rascals knock it over and spill all the seeds out within hours of filling it up. So we gave up for a bit. Then I found this beauty.
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Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place - that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life 🙏🏻