Author Archive | marlene

Exploring Durrës, Albania.

Not far from where we are staying in Durrës is a Mexican-style restaurant in a touristy part of town. In the US, we would avoid this type of place at all costs and head to a more authentic place… but here? Thousands of miles away from Mexico and the west coast of the US? All bets are off. Haha.

Driving to and exploring Durrës, Albania blog.

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Goodbye, Montenegro! Hello, Albania!!

In the morning, we woke up to this amazing view of the fortified city of Ulcinj, Montenegro from our parking lot camp spot. We also woke up to an older gentleman asking us for money for parking. It sounded a little fishy to us because it is supposed to be free in the winter and he kept adjusting the price we “owed” him.

Driving to and exploring Durrës, Albania blog.

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Kotor, Montenegro: An old fortress with a million cats.

Landed in the city of Kotor, Montenegro for the week. We didn’t know much about this little European country before we arrived but have learned a ton in these last couple of days. One thing we noticed right away is this is one of the only countries in Europe without a highway system. Driving around with a large Sprinter van has been interesting to say the least.

Old city of Kotor, Montenegro blog

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Goodbye, Croatia. Hello, Montenegro.

After a week’s stay in Dubrovnik, we inched closer to the border of Croatia and Montenegro. Instead of crossing over right away, we decided to spend one last night in Croatia to take advantage of our unlimited internet plan and get some work done. Once we cross into Montenegro, our data plan will not work since it only covers Croatia and other EU countries.

Dubrovnik, Croatia blog

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Zastražišće, Hvar, Croatia.

My grandparents hand built this home in Zastražišće, stone by stone, the year my father was born. With the help of a magarac (donkey), my grandmother hauled these stones from the hillside as my grandfather pieced them together. They finished it a few years later and it served as the family home until the clan moved to the US in the late 60s.

Zastrazisce blog post 2018

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Saying hello to Europe and goodbye to Yoda the cat.

After traveling North America as a family for the past 10 years, it was time to switch things up again. We visited the 49 continental US states, all Canadian provinces, the Yukon territory, and a good chunk of Mexico.  Of course there is so much more to see since it’s impossible to see everything but our souls craved a change so a change is what we got.

Going to Europe blog post
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