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My first day in Tirana was not exactly what I’d expected. I’d arrived after midnight the night before and the hostel had an interesting ‘room’ that was somehow connected to the rest of the space without a proper wall. So the 10 bed dorm could hear all the noise from the hallway. Besides, the 6 or 8 bed dorm upstairs had an open ‘wall’, so people could stare right into our room. Basically I felt like I was sleeping in a massive dorm and I felt so bad when I had to brush my teeth in the ‘bathroom’ which was just some wash basins in the middle of the room. Anyway, it was my first day in Tirana and I was excited to see some of it. My hostel didn’t have tea at breakfast, so I made my way to the main street, got some cash out and sat down…

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It was August. It was hot. It may not have been the best time to go hiking. But I’d heard about this day hike. I’d seen photos of this day hike. I’d been looking forward to this day hike. I was going to do this day hike! So I set off with a guide and two other ladies. Even though we left Sarajevo early, by the time we arrived at the start of our hike, it was already hot. And we were all feeling it. Our guide Saud said he always tests people in the first 10 minutes. From where we parked the car it was a steep climb up to the official start of the trail… I think we all failed miserably, but let’s face it, this was the worst warming up ever. When we arrived at the top we were all already sweating and panting. We stared at…

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Suddenly it’s the end of August and I find myself wondering where the month has gone. I feel like time goes faster than ever. In another month the mountain closes for its winter preparations, so I need to make sure I go up there as much as I can. It’s still pretty hot and what better place to find a refreshing breeze then up on the mountain? I decide to go for a short walk, so I hop in the gondola with hordes of tourists. While I try to read my book they marvel over the scenery and debate the construction and safety of the gondola. At the top I make my way onto the Harmony meadows trail. This trail is considered black, since it has some very steep paths. I reckon it would be harder to walk it the other way around, since most of my walk is downhill.…

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