Albania: Trendy Tirana

After my spell in the remote Albanian countryside, it was time to head back to city life as I ventured south to Albania’s capital, Tirana. From Shkodër, transport is regular with buses heading there roughly once an hour. Given Albania’s aversion to proper bus stations, from Shkodër you catch the bus just off the big … Continue reading Albania: Trendy Tirana

Albania: Škoda in Shkodër

After 10 days chilling in Montenegro, it was time to move on to my next adventure in the Balkans and I hopped on a bus to Albania. There are a few buses per day heading from Ulcinj to Shkoder (listed as Skadar in Montenegro) across the border and even beyond to the capital, Tirana. The … Continue reading Albania: Škoda in Shkodër

Bosnia: Making the Mostar It

Whilst Bosnia still remains relatively off the radar for many tourists who prefer to stick to the coast, one city which has arguably well and truly opened itself up to tourism is Mostar in the south of the country. Its proximity to Croatia and its iconic Ottoman-style horseshoe bridge bring many visitors day-trippers and visitors. … Continue reading Bosnia: Making the Mostar It

Bosnia: Sara-yay-vo

I decided to take a detour into neighbouring Bosnia & Herzegovina (hereby referred to just as Bosnia because... laziness) after being in Croatia for a week. Unlike tourist heavy Croatia, Bosnia is still trying to shake off its chequered history. Indeed, for many people this is a country with a history of war. This is … Continue reading Bosnia: Sara-yay-vo

Zadar: Autumn Chill

Croatia felt like a long time coming. Time and time again I’d seen breathtaking pictures and heard about how beautiful it was and now finally I was able to experience it for myself. There are cheap, direct flights to the coastal city of Zadar from Ryanair and this is a fantastic place to start a … Continue reading Zadar: Autumn Chill

Flores: Beginning of the Ende

It was another scenic 2 hour drive from Moni to the city of Ende and this time I lucked out with a mostly empty bus, making the twisty-turny journey much more bearable. The ride costed 50,000 IDR. I was also lucky in that before we reached the city proper, I spotted my hostel and so … Continue reading Flores: Beginning of the Ende

Flores: Livin’ La Vida Koka

It was already time to bid farewell to Bali as I excitedly boarded my plane to Flores, a few islands east. My excitement was heightened by the fact I was taking my first ever propeller plane flight, with a teeny tiny plane making the 2 hour hop to Maumere to the east of Flores. Described … Continue reading Flores: Livin’ La Vida Koka

Australia: The (Not Much) Sunshine State

As I strolled along the promenade of Shorncliffe, a quaint Queensland town, the calm water to my right and the clear blue sky above me, I heard a lady remark to her friend, "We're so lucky to live here" and I couldn't help but agree. That's been my sentiment throughout my time in Sydney and … Continue reading Australia: The (Not Much) Sunshine State

Australia: Peace at Last

After a trying few months, it was finally time to get back on the road again and hit a country which had eluded me for a while. Ever since I first moved to Hong Kong, I'd be saying I'd visit Australia, due to its relative closeness (still 8 hours!) to the Orient compared to the … Continue reading Australia: Peace at Last