Balkans

Living Off the Grid

Cows on Farm

When I went to Romania, I had the chance to stay with the parents of a friend in the town of Resita. While there, I received a tour of the family homestead, a fully self-sustaining farm off the grid. The house has been in the family for generations. Comprised of more than half a dozen large bedrooms, a bathroom and …

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Follow in my Footsteps: An Adventure’s Guide to Belgrade

Belgrade Fortress Statue at Dusk

I start to realize how little I know of the world when I show up in Belgrade and find I know nearly nothing of this “White City” and how impressive it is. Belgrade very quickly became one of my favorite cities. While it was a little hot for me while I was there, that was about the only disadvantage. Otherwise I …

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My Adventure with Adventurous Kate

Kate and I in Tirana

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 …

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My Adventure in Sofia, Bulgaria

Crazy Car Ride

My adventure in Sofia just may have been my greatest adventure yet. The adventure actually began on the overnight bus from Istanbul. The first time the bus stopped for a bathroom break, several of the women stayed on to conceal several packets under their shirts and pants. I honestly don’t know what was in the packets and I wasn’t about …

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Skopje, Macedonia and Lake Matka

Skopje was my last stop in the Balkans before Istanbul. My day there wasn’t nearly long enough, but still adventurous. Macedonia was also the last country I visited that was not covered by my international data plan. So when I arrived off the bus from Kosovo, I had no idea where I was going. I started off by walking around …

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