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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Check out our home in the mountains for the next week...

When we first decided to come to Albania, it was party because of the photos I had seen of the Albanian Alps mountain range, and the hiking possibilities I could imagine existed there. But of course when we arrived here in March, there was still too much snow up in those mountains. 

So, we spent the last two months exploring the southern part of the country waiting for the roads to open up in the mountains. But we are here now, and it's everything we imagined it would be!

We spent some time yesterday morning stocking up with a weeks worth of food and drink. Then we drove up to the mountain village of Boga where our "resort" is located.


We are headed into those mountains!

It's a narrow (but paved) road. 
You have to watch your mirrors don't catch the cars going the opposite way!





The village of Ducaj.





We plan to climb this mountain on Friday!

We arrived at the town of Boga and had no problem finding the Boga Mountain Resort. It was the only place we could find in the area that offered self catering accommodation. There are a lot of guest houses where they also provide your meals, but we wanted to make our own meals. 

It's the most expensive place we will have stayed in Albania, at €30 ($44 CAD, $37 USD) per night.

You can see Ruth sitting on our doorstep.

Living room with wood stove for the chillier evenings.

Kitchen.

Bedroom.

Bathroom.

Restaurant.

We will take advantage of the restaurant one night this coming weekend. It's supposed to be really good, with 90% local ingredients.

We also have two friendly (although somewhat noisy) dogs and a friendly cat.

Playground.

Camping area.

The RV Camping costs €5 per person and €2 per vehicle and €2 for electricity. So for two people, it would be €14 ($21 CAD, $17 USD) per night.

They have lots of these small cabins for rent.

Great views from the property.


Our neighbours.


It's been a while since we've done any strenuous hiking, so we don't want to jump right into it. But we are heading out to do some exploring today just around the valley. And even then there will be some elevation involved. We'll see how we do, and if we feel up to it, we'll do the mountain hike tomorrow. 

We plan on hiking every day. And did you notice the blue sky and sunshine? It's supposed to be like this all week. Life is good!

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And in Canada...



16 comments:

  1. You two have convinced me that visiting Albania may be the ideal way to get the Alps experience. Switzerland prices are scary....

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    1. Well hopefully we will convince you even more over the next week or so. We also agree that Switzerland's prices are scary, although we are looking forward to seeing Switzerland in our motorhome, that will at least make it somewhat cheaper.

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  2. So much like BC, minus the cows on the roads(previous post)

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    1. Yes, very much so. We even mentioned said that on our hike yesterday as we were hiking along a trail where is went through a nice forested part with dead leaves scattered over the trail.

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  3. Amazing scenery and weather. Enjoy the experience. Will be checking everyday to see your adventures. Love your way of sharing your days with us.

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    1. Thank you Kent and Monica! :-) We are happy to hear that you are enjoying the pictures and posts of our adventures.

      We are in our glory right now with this beautiful scenery all around us and so many hiking opportunities.

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  4. Wow Lucky you Finally found your blog again . Signed up with 4 different email addresses but they don't arrive in my inbox.

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    1. Glad that you found our blog again, just remember if you aren't getting email notification of our posts you can just google "travel with Kevin and Ruth" and the blog will come up right away in your search or just bookmark the home page and put it on your bookmarks bar and then all you have to do is click on it each morning to see the next post.

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  5. Wow, that looks like our kind of "resort". I am envious! Enjoy your stay, the beautiful scenery, and the hiking!

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    1. We like our "resort" as well. It is very basic which suits us fine and we are surrounded by gorgeous scenery and lots of hiking opportunities. :-)

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  6. You 2 know how to party, your place seems big, looking from my view. I like the mountains that the surrounds the area, have fun and explore the area, Rawn Stone

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    1. Our apartment isn't actually all that big but it has what we need and that is what counts. Our front and back yards are huge though. lol! It is a pleasure to sit outside and admire all this beauty around us. :-)

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  7. Absolutely, you hit the jackpot on choosing Albania!!!!! Happy hiking in this beautiful place on earth!💕

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    1. We sure did! We are definitely in our happy place up here in the mountains. :-)

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    1. We loved it there!

      Aren't you near some beautiful big mountains? You have the motorhome so if you aren't you could be in no time! :-)

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