The black mountain and the sea

And as the bus from Sarajevo dropped me happily in Montenegro, I could enjoy—after too too long—the much awaited sea.

First stop was Herceg Novi, beautiful little town of Venetian times, where I have immediately placed myself on a beach facing Boka Kotorska.

Second stop, Kotor. A real gem in the Adriatic, but unfortunately in this season completely crammed with tourist from all over the world. Any way, totally worth the trip.

Third and last stop for this Montenegro leg is Ulcinj: culture is good, but now bring on the beach! :-) In Ulcinj I had my first contact with the Albanian language and people, the latter being here a majority of the population.

At the bus station there was this guy speaking in English, the usual tourist information type, directing the freshly arrived to his friends’ hotels and such. In any case, I needed a room, and the trip had been less than pleasant, so I went with him. Big error. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the room itself, but I guess it is enough to know that in the morning there was no water. Zero. Nada. Ništa. Immediately I grabbed my backpack and went ‘down town’ to find a decent accommodation. After way too much walking, I stumbled upon this big guy, who talked to me in German. Well, the room he was offering me was incredibly small, but surprisingly cosy. Using his words, it was richtig gut for me. I even managed to cr… ahem … borrow the wireless password from the apartments on the side ;-)

As a side note, that day, for maybe the first time in my life, I had to speak German to make myself understood. It worked. Go me! :-D

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