I left that morning for Montenegro, thinking that I could maybe camp in the middle of the country somewhere and be on my way to Albania the day after, but things did not really go according to the original plan.
Leaving Croatia and getting into another country that I know absolutely nothing about was a great feeling, but although the Kotor Bay was nice (plus I took a ferry, which always is a fun experience), Montenegro didn’t quite conquer me.
On the ferry across Kotor Bay, Montenegro
Mainly, I think it was because of the traffic, because the coast was really beautiful. But the issue with coastal Montenegro is that there is basically just one road that goes all along, and millions of car on it. I actually got really close to hitting a Serbian car, who did not seem to care about any basic rule or anything at all, for that matter. So I decided to keep going as far as I could, which was the city of Shkodër in Albania.
The border between Montenegro and Albania was the busiest I have done so far. I had to wait about 20 minutes to go through, so I had a little chat about the people behind me who lived in Fribourg, Switzerland, and were going back to their home country for holidays (Kosovo).
Albania is very different from the rest. Once you pass the border, it feels like you travelled back in time a century ago, and all you see around is farmers and donkeys (exaggerating a bit, but not that much). Also it seems that the birds here are suicidal : for some reason they try to fly as close to my front wheel at they can, as if it was a sort of challenge.
I finally got to Shkodër and tried to look for a hostel but couldn’t find any. It was getting late and I was really tired of the day, so I decided to go for a basic hotel and got my own room with AC (hallelujah) for 20 euros, breakfast included. It was 10 euros cheaper that the 8 bed dorm I was staying at the previous day, so that was a good deal, I think.
Let’s just hope that I won’t be crossing any other Serbian drivers. Anyway, the donkeys should be able to slow them down.