Some people dream of meeting movie stars or politicians. I dream of meeting epic travelers. In July 2015, that dream came true for me once again in Tirana, Albania.
I originally went to Albania for a week to work in a hostel, and then stayed an extra week when my replacement failed to show up. At the end of that second week, I found out that Adventurous Kate was in Albania, and when I asked her, she said she would be in Tirana the following week. So I extended my stay one more week and spent my last two days in Albania with a true travel blogging legend.
After nearly five years of travel, Kate has visited over 60 countries, and has tens of thousands of followers on her blog and social media platforms. This is someone who has fully made it as a travel blogger.
Our first day together was spent exploring Tirana. We went out for lunch at my favorite Creperie. We saw the artificial lake. We explored the Blloku, Tirana’s posh district.
Then I took her to my favorite part of Tirana – the Pyramid. This is a building that was originally built as a museum for the late dictator for his daughter. It was later used as an exhibition and event hall, and recently has become derelict. In fact, the only use it really currently serves, aside from a good location for horror movies, is for wild, adventurous people to climb up the steep sides to the top for a great view of the city. I’m definitely that type, and I figured Kate was too. So we went up and got some great photos. But getting down was a little trickier, especially since the sides are quite slippery with the paint they applied a few months ago. But fifteen minutes later we were back on firm ground, and off to our next destination.
Which turned out to be the fancy Sky Tower. We made it there just before 8 PM, which was sunset. And the photos were just about perfect. three glasses of prosecco later and we were ready for dinner.
When I asked her if she was interested in pizza, I received the obvious answer: “You have to ask?”
So we went to a parlor I had been to earlier which served great pizza. Except when we went they forgot an important ingredient – the sauce. Otherwise it was really good, but is pizza really pizza without sauce? Hmm.
The next day we both had to work, me at the hostel and she on her blog. But later in the evening she received some epically phenomenal news in her life, for which we had to go out and celebrate. So we got the name of the best Italian restaurant in town from our hostel manager, since who doesn’t like Italian food, and went out to splurge…Albanian style. Our delicious Italian meal and desert cost a whopping €12, for both of us.
Finally we had to go our separate ways, myself to Kosovo and Kate to the Sea Dance Festival in Montenegro. And boy did I get jealous of her there with all the photos she continually posted on Facebook.
But by far the best part of our two days together was all the invaluable information she gave me for building up my blog. Instead of relaying everything she told me, check out the new post she just published covering all the facts, and more, at AdventurousKate.com.