Did you know that this is what Albania looks like?! …We didn’t, either. And it was an amazing surprise to peek out the TopDeck bus window after afternoon-napping to see THIS.
Albania’s landscape is stunning, to say the least. After we’d seen nothing but the beautiful blue sea sailing around Greece, this stretch of the trip on our way to Tirana was equally impressive.
Our group entered Tirana next, the capital of Albania, where a tour guide hopped on the bus to describe the city sites we drove through. It was impossible to miss the many brightly painted buildings, which our guide explained were painted because of an initiative led by the mayor starting in the year 2000, after the fall of communism.
Throughout the city, the bright buildings popped up faster than they could be caught on camera, and my eyes zig-zagged out the window at the interesting mix between old Europe and modern influences–the disparities noticeable not just on the buildings, but in city residents’ fashion as well.
Our hotel in Albania was a more than welcome treat after having slept on sailboats for three nights. (With beds half the size of coffins, and bedrooms that rocked all night in the waves. And showers over the toilets. But that’s enough complaining about sailing in gorgeous Greece.)
After a delicious meal at our accommodation, we relaxed outside at a jazz show by the pool, with beer that was cheaper than water, ending the short-but-sweet stay in Albania before our journey continued.