Category Archives: The Balkan Peninsula by Thumb 2013

Hitch-hiking in Slovenia: advantages and disadvantages

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Advantages Slovenia might possibly be one of the easiest countries to hitch-hike in the entire Central Europe for several reasons. First of all, the country is tiny, so you will never be crossing large distances which will also give you some … Continue reading

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‘Balkan Peninsula by Thumb 2013’ trip described in etraveler.pl

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Good news, everyone! Our recent trip has been covered by a Polish independent travel website etraveler.pl. Thank you all who made this trip possible and supported us throughout our journey! Thanks to all the drivers, CS hosts and random people … Continue reading

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Balkan Peninsula by Thumb 2013 – trip summary (in English / po polsku)

Przejdź do wersji polskiej Italy… where all the roads lead to Rome We started our 2-month hitch-hiking trip in Rome where we admired the marvels of antiquity and enjoyed a scooter ride by night, offered by our wonderful Roman hosts. … Continue reading

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The end of our 2-month hitch-hiking trip across the Balkans and the last days in Vienna

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Our original plan, when we’d constructed the first rough itinerary in our heads, was to hitch-hike from Rome across the Balkans all the way to Vienna, doing a massive loop. But as the trip proceeded, we yet again, spent too much … Continue reading

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The End of the Line in Belgrade, Serbia

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Cloaked hoods scurry around, attempting to dodge the raindrops that beat incessantly on the awning above our heads and grey clouds signal the end of the summer’s dream. The announcer announces but we know it’s not for us as we … Continue reading

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Hitchhiking through Kosovo & Macedonia to industrial and grimy Niš in Serbia

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Waking up in the morning was hard, with the prospect of hitchhiking across 3 countries and 2 border crossings that day not making things easier. The border crossing between Kosovo and Serbia, is complicated and had caused us enough problems already, … Continue reading

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Prishtina (Kosovo) hitchhike, staying with a Kosovar businessman and a grim grey cafe culture

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With our heads still swimming from the extremely confusing short films we had seen at the Prizren Film Festival, we were back on the road, aiming for the Kosovian capital of Prishtina. From Prizren we found a good place to … Continue reading

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Our first experience of hitch-hiking in Kosovo, drinking rakija with the locals and attending the Prizren film festival

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Before we had even set off for the trip, our rough itinerary suggested visiting Macedonia, then Kosovo and then Serbia, as that order seemed the most logical looking at the map. However, the more we progressed towards the south of … Continue reading

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Skopje the capital of Macedonia, Catching up with Friends and being Amazed by Change

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Our next destination, Skopje, was also a place we had visited before and again we were interested to see the change that had occurred. As chance would have it, our Slovenian friend, Mišo, who we had met on the Tbilisi–Baku … Continue reading

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The confident hitchhike from Albania to Macedonia and Ania’s Ohrid surprise

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Returning to Macedonia was always one of the objectives of this trip and perhaps I should explain why. Six years ago Ania was a brave Polish backpacker and I was a cheeky British scamp with a wonderful hat. We met … Continue reading

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Tanks to Berat in Albania, Visiting Berat Castle and Leaving before it was Time

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By now we were accustomed to the easy hitchhiking in Albania so we anticipated that the journey from the forest where we had slept in Spille to the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Berat would be relatively quick. This was, however, … Continue reading

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Our first experience of hitch-hiking in Albania, camping wild and getting lost in the forest

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The capital of Albania, Tirana, proved to be an interesting city but after a while we got quite bored of it and longed for some nature again. We’d heard many good things about pristine Albanian beaches, therefore we decided that … Continue reading

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