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We wake up in the morning to another beautiful day in Albania.
As we pack up and ready to head out we don’t even consider if it will be difficult to get to the road. After all, the small off road trip to the camping site was not so hard. However, heading out proves to be a bit more difficult, and Mrazik ends a bit stuck.
After a bit of pushing, we got Mrazik free and headed off, back to Byram Curri.
We had tons of Albanian money to spend and no place to exchange it. So we went shopping! Walking around the markets was a great cultural experience.
Radek purchased tons of Raki (the Albanian national drink), I get a scarf and a backpack. The backpack was an interesting experience, the seller tells me it is 8000 leke, which is super expensive. I was confused. A guy on the street stopped by and translated for us (he was in the US), turns out that it was only 800 leke but because of the money change, some people say 8000 for 800 while others say 80 for 800. Talk about confusing!.
After stalking up on water, souvenirs and gifts for our family we head off to Kosovo. We reach the border realizing that there is no gas station, so we turn around and go to the last one we saw. It’s a good thing, we spend some Leke and exchange the rest for Euro. At the gas station was a poor dog with a injured mouth just hanging out. I felt sorry for the guy, had to take a picture.
We head back to the border, excited that there is nobody else waiting. We find out, however, that we are missing the papers. Remember way back when we entered Albania and someone told us we needed to buy some motorcycle papers for our motorcycle, but then someone else told us no? Well that “no” was wrong, and now we were having some trouble leaving Albania! Luckily a guy coming from Kosovo spoke French, and was able to translate for us (I know some French) the problem. We ended up paying 2 Euro each and heading off.
The Kosovo border was interesting as well! Turns out we needed to buy expensive insurance for the motorcycles (20 Euro each!) just to legally ride there. However the guards were very friendly with us and spoke great English. They asked us if we wanted our passports stamped. Of course! He then stamped Mrazik’s passport, paused, and then told us if we were going into Serbia it might be a problem for us… errrr… So Radek and I skipped the passport stamp! Hopefully for Mrazik there wouldn’t be a problem!
Finally, we reached Kosovo!
Not too far from the border we reach a town and stop at a small coffee shop.
The drive was interesting, nothing special, but Kosovo seemed a lot greener than Albania for some reason.
We reach the city of Pec and are surprised by how many foreign troops we see! Most were Italian, but we also found some Czechs!
All in all Pec was pretty nice. Though not super rich, it looked better off then the Albanian towns we went through.
We decide to head to Kuciste, and we were surprised by a gorgeous road.
Not only was the road smooth, but it was full of twists and turns, and cool rock tunnels!
The scenery was breathtaking as well!
Though we weren’t planning on sleeping in Kosovo, we loved the area we were driving in so much we decide to stop at a small hotel/pizzeria. The restaurant area and hotel was new, like a wood cottage, and fit in perfectly with its surroundings.
Fresh fish were circling the outdoor eating area, keeping the drinks cold.
It was a perfect spot for relaxing with beer and wine while Mrazik figured out where we would be heading tomorrow.
After a few drinks we looked back at some pictures of our trip before going to bed. An perfect end to a perfect day.
The next day we leave Kosovo and head back to Montenegro.