Tag Archives : Encounters with locals

Albania Furgon Ride

The Albania Furgon Experience


My first furgon ride in Albania was a trip! A furgon is a minibus, similar to a Turkish dolmuş, the latter of which means “stuffed”. Furgon should mean “packed to the gills” because that’s exactly how they roll.     I was taking the furgon from Berat to Gjirokastra, about a three hour ride. Furgons don’t always leave until the…

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Njeguši Montenegro

Njeguši village, Montenegro – Smoked Ham & the Axe Man


High up in the mountains above Kotor, Montenegro, lies the village of Njeguši (neh-joo-see). The village is famous for it’s smoked ham called “Njeguški pršut”(like proscuitto) and local cheese called “Njeguški sir”. They’ve even laid out a “Ham Trail” if that’s your thing!   The village is a stop for every tourist on mostly any tour around the country. I was…

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Hello! Where you from?

Hello! Where you from?


These four words were originally met by a cringe from me my first few days in Turkey and I’d usually end up ignoring them. But once I changed my approach and learned to engage instead of ignore I found that when I stopped, opened up and reciprocated conversation with the person who spoke them (be it a so-called tout, shop owner…

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