On the road in the balkans
In June 2016 I bought my van Emil - a white Sprinter van. I converted it myself within a month and afterwards hit the road going East through Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia and last but not least Slovenia. I went on a solo trip for the very first time, 6 weeks on the road, 6500 km. I was amazed by the landscapes and the hospitality of the people.
High Tatra Poland / Slovakia
The High Tatra at the border of Poland and Slovakia are the only mountains of Alpine type in the whole Carpathian Mountain range. They are often called "the smallest alpine mountains in Europe".
The Scărisoara cave in the Apuseni mountains of Romania is an ice cave, that was discovered in 1847 and is now open to public. It is situated at an altitude of approximately 1,100 m.
macedonia / Albania
At the border to Albania somewhere close to Lake Orchid I got stuck with my car for the very first time. I offered a car to pass first on a narrow road, but slipped with my right wheel and couldn’t drive any further. People from the village came, called a tractor and pulled me out. Without understanding each other’s language we managed to still communicate. One of the many moments where I experienced pure hospitality and kindness. (Also after that little shock I stayed at a campsite at lake Orchid for three days. If you are ever in the area, go check Camping Rino and chat with Perparim. He has a lot to tell about Macedonian and Albanian history.)
Traveling is also about the people you meet. In Albania I got to meet Rolf and Anita, two German travelers, who I spent evenings at the campfire with. We talked about cultures, travels and life - always a bottle of self made Raki next to us.
Mountains cover over 75 % of Albania. Some valleys are still very rural and without running water or electricity.
The Soca is a 138-kilometer alpine river of pure beauty. The river is also called Emerald river due to it’s spectacular colour.