“Don’t make excuses, make something incredible happen in your life right now.”
– Greg Hickman
I spent 4 weeks in different Balkan countries this summer and loved every minute of it. Nature is unspoiled & beautiful, the people friendly & welcoming, the culture rich & diverse, the history abundant & interesting and the weather sunny & warm. I can almost hear you think: “I should go there myself.”
I think you absolutely should, but before you decide to go: Have a look at my list of 10 reasons why the Balkan may NOT be your favourite holiday destination. To be more precisely, have a look at 10 excuses not to go and decide then that they are actual weak excuses and just go to this incredible part of the world.
“Things are not quite so simple always as black and white.”
― Doris Lessing
And sometimes things are quite simple. When I travel for example, it’s a simple choice what to wear. The first thing that most often does not go in my backpack or suitcase, is my old black & white maxi dress. When the temperatures are summerly warm, it is my preferred outfit for travelling by car, bus, boat, train or plane. Let me give you 5 reasons why:
- It’s made of cotton, so lovely cool.
- It’s pretty wrinkle friendly, which is a super bonus for travelling.
- The loose shape is comfortable and perfect for hiding some extra weight (I don’t know about you, but I love trying out lots of local food 😉).
- The length of the dress is very practical, because you never know on what kind of chair (plastic, dirty, broken…) you are going to sit for hours and hours.
- On top of all that it goes well with my sneakers, which add even more comfort to the outfit and are my favourite shoes for travelling (see this previous blogpost).
“Waterfalls are exciting because they have power, they have rainbows, they have songs, and they have boldness and craziness!”
– Mehmet Murat ildan
Imagine a hike through an impressive valley, passing some crystal clear natural swimming pools before coming eye to eye with a wonderful waterfall tumbling into the bluest, or rather: greenest, water ever.
That is the hike from Theth to the blue eye. And it gets even better than that. When you are bold and crazy, just go for a swim in that beautiful, but oh so freezingly cold water! And why not spoil yourself with a lunch on a tree terrace (yeah, that’s right: a terrace in a tree, high above the blue eye) after your swim before heading back to Theth?
Scroll on for more photos and details of this hike and swim in the awesome Albanian mountains.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
– Martin Luther King
This summer I have done a backpacking tour with my family through several Balkan countries. Sarajevo was one of many destinations and a city that has stolen my heart.
We had already heard several heartbreaking stories about the Balkan Wars, but the story of Bosko and Admira, also called “Sarajevo’s Romeo and Juliet” hit home full force. Around the same time when I was making plans for a future with my husband, they were making plans for their future too. They wanted to escape the besieged city of Sarajevo but that went very, very wrong.
Read on to find out more about this brave young couple and what all of us can learn from their love story.