View from our sixth floor apartment patio in Pogradec, Albania.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Pogradec, Albania .

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Gjyrokaster, Albania on October 6th.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Settled in to the little apartment

Yesterday was a relaxing day. We spent the morning getting the rest of our things into the apartment and sorting out our "kitchen". This apartment does have a kitchen, but it's a separate locked room off the balcony and there's no key!

We have all of our camping gear, so we set up our folding table on the balcony and we'll use our one burner camp stove to do the cooking when necessary. Other than that, we have our bedroom, bathroom, shower, and beautiful balcony.

Love the view from the balcony.

We figured out our payment terms with Chago...1,500 pesos ($120) for two weeks. That's what we expected, so we're happy with that.

There is a comfortable couch and a coffee table on the balcony. On the coffee table there is this little horse statue. Great place to spend a few hours reading a good book!

Our room for the next two weeks.

This guy was buzzing around the lake for a while. Sure looks like fun. The area is popular with ultralite airplanes, hangliders, and parachutes, so there's usually something going on in the sky!

We were going to go for a boat ride, but the engine wasn't running properly. Can you see that Blackie the dog was all set to go as she jumps across into the boat with Paco.

Today we'll go into town and pick up some supplies. Nothing else planned really, so it should be a quiet day. Children in this area are back at school as of today. Looks like it will be a good day to have an afternoon siesta in Paco and Oty's hammock!

Dusk at Lake Avandaro.


  1. Such a gorgeous view. Definitely sitting on the balcony would be a great past time.

  2. Looks like a great place to be, enjoy!

  3. Nice digs. Kind of unfortunate about the kitchen being locked, but you were prepared.
    That headboard sure is massive!

  4. Maybe the kitchen was an "option"? Looks like a great place!

    1. Nope the kitchen is included with the price. The apartment was actually rented out quite a while ago by a hotel employee in the lot next door and they left with the keys a few months ago and have never returned. Chago had to remove the lock on the apartment door and replace it with a new one and then have the belongings removed so that we could move in. We just didn't want to bother him with it as we did have our camping stuff with us.

  5. This is one place we definitely want to spend some time at when we are able to travel Mexico. Have a wonderful time!

    Grace (in Tucson)

  6. We still want to take our boat there. It is soooo beautiful. Have fun.

  7. Looks nice there.

    The problem in Melaque currently is that there is a blockage in the city's sewage pipes. It can't all go where it is supposed to go. They are dumping the excess sewage directly into the canal because they have to wait for the water table to subside before repairs can be made. I know this because I went to the city hall and talked with the guy (Felipe) who is responsible. It has nothing to do with the campgrounds.

    My home in Michigan has a shallow-well pump, whereby groundwater is supplied to my house. Local ordinance dictates that the well must be fifty yards from the neighbors' septic field. Maybe I am too trusting, but I think that must be sufficient. (My water has been tested and found to be without problems by the state of Michigan, by the way.)

    The people in the campground are a little bit agitated over the smell and so forth. but it has got nothing to do with them or their method of disposal. I took it upon myself to investigate because none of them speaks a lick of Spanish and I just wanted to see what I could find out.

    (The reason the clock doesn't work in the church tower, I've been told, is because of pigeon droppings. I was not curious enough to determine why the fountain in the plaza doesn't work, because this just seems to be the norm in Mexico, so I didn't want to push my luck by complaining about every little thing.)

    I hope to meet up with you folks in Guatemala! Will you be taking your motorhome or just the car?

  8. Nice - but you have socks on and we have bare feet! LOL!

    1. He did then but yesterday we were in barefeet and shorts and we weren't baking hot.

  9. You guys are rockin it, yet again.


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