Wednesday 10 October 2012 - Wednesday 10 October 2012
Another big travel day today... we left Skopje (Macedonia) early in the morning (neither of us were brave enough to shower and needed to get out of the Hotel Bristol as soon as possible). Boarded a bus for Pristina (the Capital of Kosovo). Kosovo is a country with many contrasts; lots of very new development and rebuilding, but also lots of crumbling concrete buildings and monuments. Although, it was declared an independent nation in 2008, to this day, Serbia does not recognize Kosovo as it's own country which can create issues when travelling between the two countries. We've decided to spend most of our day traveling in Kosovo, but crossing the border and ending our day in Montenegro. After a brief stop in Pristina, we caught another bus to check out Peja (another city in Kosovo). We stopped for lunch and some local beer (also called "Peja"). Once again another bus, this one to take us into Montenegro. Scenery is incredible and we are starting to really enjoy the bus rides (no smoking - yay!). The border between Kosovo and Montenegro is essentially a mountain range, and the drive is stunning, tunnels carved through the mountains, lots of switchbacks, beautiful views of the towns below. A very spectacular drive. A young lady on the bus was able to translate for us so the bus driver new when to tell us to get off the bus to make our connection to Podgorica. So, the bus stopped (again, in what seemed like the middle of nowhere and we were on foot with our backpacks once again. Luckily, only a few blocks away we found the bus station. We had time for a coffee and wine, then once again back on a bus. Arrived in Podgorica (the Capital of Montenegro) in time to have dinner and relax; and a great night to sit on the patio. I ordered a pork cutlet which turned out to be the biggest pork cutlet either of us has ever seen (quite tasty though, and interesting enough, served with tartar sauce). Have to say Montenegro has been stunning so far, and tommorrow we are heading to the Bay of Kotor - I can't wait!