This was a relatively short
portion of our trip. It consisted of a multi-country traipse from Hungary to Albania, a family visit in Albania's
capital (Tirana), and another cross country trip from Albania to Greece.
Our departure from Hungary began with a dizzying schedule of train changes and finally a night train from Pecs to
Sarajevo, Bosnia. We then caught a bus to Herceg Novi, Montenegro. Along the way we met a Bosnian man named Hassan
who latched into us and wouldn't let us out of his sight for two full days. As a very devout Muslim he was adamant
to see us safely to at least his ultimate destination and then arrange our last leg into Albania. After a few
shorter bus trips we finally arrived in Southern Montenegro where Hassan arranged a taxi for Corrie and I as well as
two sisters from Ireland to take us into Northern Albania (two and a half hours away). Another two and a half hour
micro-bus ride finally brought us to the outskirts of Tirana.
The Cupples family had been to Albania in 2005 to visit and encourage a group of Albanian pastors and their
congregations. Mr. and Mrs. Cupples and Heather were back in the same role this year and we coordinated our time in
Albania to coincide with their visit. We had a great time together catching up on news from the US and sharing some
of our traveling stories.
We stayed for one week and then took off for Greece on yet another long bus ride. This one took 16 hours and brought
us to Athens. In keeping with tradition, we logged some serious walking miles and took in the sights of the
Acropolis, Hadrian's Gate, and lots of other antiquity which we were unable to attain its background (because EVERY
historic site had its own entry fee and even a wealthy person would feel the hit if he entered them all). We really
enjoyed our time in Athens in spite of only having two days to explore this sprawling, historic city. On October
10th we set our sights on Nepal and left Europe and the familiarity of Western civilization behind us. Now we will
have some REAL adventure stories to tell.