So here I am – back on the Isles and enjoying the ridiculously clean air after seven months of joy and wonder in the sunny and dusty Southeastern Europe. Although I am slowly getting used to my old-new routines, the faster pace of life in the West, and to all its quirks… the stills from the road are constantly reappearing at the back of my mind. Sometimes I let them transport me to one of those old-fashioned, sun-drenched roadside cafes I’ve come to love so much.
So I want to share with you some stories from my travels, some photos, a few practical tips and tricks some of you may find useful when planning your next voyages. There’ll be some words about culture, about food, there will be something about cats and dogs, too. Maybe I’ll write about music, who knows. And probably something geeky about languages. In short – I would like to invite you on a kind of a road trip, but I also want to see where this road trip takes us!
But before we begin… some fun stats!
Days on the road: 191
Seasons: technically, four – mid June to January
Overall backpack weight: 8 kilograms
Photos taken: 6601
Northernmost town: Warsaw, Poland
Southernmost town: Saranda, Albania
Westernmost town: Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Easternmost town: Chișinău, Republic of Moldova
Total distance covered in miles (distances between towns only, excluding plane transfers and walks): 5758
Modes of transport: FEET, train, bus, minibus, ferry, boat, bicycle, hitchhiking, cable car, plane, tractor (no, seriously)
Time zones: Central European Time (GMT +1) and Eastern European Time (GMT +2)
Number of countries: 13 (Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Hungary)
Capital cities: 10 (Bucharest, Chișinău, Sofia, Skopje, Prishtina, Tirana, Podgorica, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Warsaw)
Largest city: Bucharest (1.8 milion inhabitants)
Tiniest place: Ciuculești, Romania (70 inhabitants)
Languages: Albanian, Romanian, Hungarian, Slavic languages (Polish, Ukrainian, Russian, Bulgarian/Macedonian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian/Montenegrin)
So… until next time!