It is now two weeks ago that we started our trip and we already saw a lot of new countries, cultures and landscapes. If we think about how many countries these were, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, and now Greece. It seems to be just possible in Europe.
Some of these countries we just knew from the name and maybe from often not so positive stories. For example Albania: some months ago we wouldn't even have considered the visit this country. Now we can say that Albanians are super friendly, helpful and curious people. From children to old men almost everyone was wavering and greeting when we passed by with our bikes.
When Marc had his flat tire, we found ourselves in village which we thought nobody is living in, because it was so broken and dirty, but we were wrong. Not long after we had to stop some children came out to see what we do and then other people came to help us, as you can see on one of our photos.
Often we were driving on so called main roads (just really dusty gravel for miles) with an average speed of 25 km/h, we would call it offroad. Once we stopped at a small restaurant filled with young man (later we found out all working for the road construction). After we spend an hour taking and posing together on our bikes, we were invited for some sodas and they thanked us for spending time with them. How incredible is that? Soo nice!
Albanian police is also quiet funny, they didn't give us a ticket, and they just told us to go a little slower. We are anyways surprised we didn't get problems yet. We overtake everywhere where it is forbidden, we consequently ignore every speed limit, but we are in good company, everyone does it here.
Shortly after the Macedonian border and we were quite surprised how high standard it is here. Nice roads, good houses, cool cities, which look like Italian coast cities. And the good thing is it is cheap as well, definitely worth visiting.
We need chill out for a bit, as we realized we didn't find a good rhythm of travelling yet. We do rush a lot and take no time to enjoy the countries on their own. We get up ready early, sometimes Susi wakes up before 6, to drive not in the midday heat, but usually we end up stopping late afternoon, searching for a cheap accommodation and something to eat to fall asleep really early. But we are sure we will change that soon. We will try to enjoy the beautiful things which come along our way rather then continuously searching for better things which might come up in the future!