Author: Josh

Shköder to ValbonĂ« up Lake Koman by Bus Ferry ⛮

Undecided, I assumed I would take a bus to Tirana, the Albanian capital. I had ended up at Shköder for a few nights. The homestay owner there decided for me, I’d head up to ValbonĂ« on the Lake Koman Ferry. Frequently described as the most beautiful ferry ride in all of Europe, the...

Rozafa Castle, ShkodĂ«r’s high point

Rozafa Castle sits on an amazing hill that gives view across the city of Shkodër up to the mountains and across the great Lake Skadar. The area was originally Illyrian before Romans and the rest of history. But today stands the ruins of a castle that give absolutely fantastic views...

Next stop: quiet and patient Shkodër

Entirely uncertain where to go I jumped on the bus heading south, went across the border and jumped off at the first major stop. I still wasn’t sure if in general I would head north or south, although east and west are also options. General directions are good to avoid backtracking....

Ten Years of Montenegro in Podgorica

Many visitors to Montenegro head straight for the coast but Podgorica has a few points of interest worth not passing by. My stay coincided with the tenth anniversary of the country’s independence vote from Croatia. So it was a rather quiet day with celebrations in the evening.

National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo

Sarajevo holds a lot to see with history just emanating from everything, you can just explore around the city that at times is like a living museum. So you have high hopes for the national museum. But like so much in this part of the world, politics and old divisions hold things down. I was told...

Mostar, Herzegovina to Sarajevo, Bosnia

Travelling through the countryside between the two regions that makeup Bosnia and Herzegovina is beautiful anytime of the year but especially the spring. I wanted to take the train, even if everyone said the bus was quicker and more comfortable. The guest house owner’s son agreed, there was nothing like...

Time & change in Mostar

I spent the last couple rainy days in Mostar, a major city in the south of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city although physically divided by its river has seen its sides change dynamically in history. The city is probably best known for two things: the old bridge the spans high above the river, stemming from the Ottoman empire which...

History, beauty and holidaying in Split

Split is a perennial favourite among European summer vacationers. The largest city on the Dalmatian Coast holds historical treasures and a relaxed environment with something for everyone. Although bustling with tourists with it’s always-on sun, the centre of the city remains encased in an amazingly well preserved in a grand Roman palace. That...

Leaving Sweden and Schengen: SAS to Split

Departing from Arlanda to Split this morning, heading back to Croatia totally unexpectedly. I always appear to make last minute decisions but they’re usually backed up by some lengthy planning. This time however, extensive planning lead a careful weighting of options that were quickly wiped away as I booked in the moment.

Restarting the blog it seems

At this point I have lost count how many times I have attempted to get this blog running. Here we are, who knows how many years since I first starting. Changed host again and lots of things are missing. Currently it is predominantly travel posts but overtime this should hopefully change. Rather than get...

A lovely Stockholm evening

It had been a half-day trip to the Swedish capital including the open-air museum Skansen and then the Eurovision 2016 village. What better way to end it around the Gamla Stan on such a favourably warm evening.

Linnaeus’ Garden in Uppsala University

Although I lived and studied in Uppsala for some time, one place I always seemed to miss was the Linnaean Garden (LinnĂ©trĂ€dgĂ„rden). The place is like a small walled oasis in the city and is named after Carl Linnaeus one of the most widely known professors from the university’s long history. Well today I finally went...

Main street of the old town, Stora gatan

Sigtuna and Lake MĂ€laren Daytrip

Sigtuna is a small town located closed to the main Swedish airport of Arlanda. Founded a millennium ago, it remains a quaint historical village along the shores of Lake MÀlaren. Not just historical, it also provides a lovely summer retreat, particularly if coming from hectic Stockholm. There are plenty of boutique hotels...

Cold Night at Gamla Uppsala

After visiting Sigtuna in the day, somehow it felt like a great idea to make a night visit to Gamla Uppsala. Bike riding turned to a short bus trip that became an even shorter stay as the wind chill was colder than expected. At least a brief chance for night...