Balkans | Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
Screenshot of the Drita Travel website, only available in Albanian

Author’s note: The below information was correct at the time of writing, but in April of 2016, the Old Town Hostel in Kotor, Montenegro started providing bus service between Tirana, Shkoder,...

Et Hem Bey Mosque in the capital city of Tirana, Albania

My plan for the summer had been to tour all seven of the countries that once composed Yugoslavia. I was close to meeting that goal, having visited five of the seven,...

My traditional Albanian meal: peppers stuffed with rice and garlic, roasted eggplant stuffed with onions and tomatoes, soft baked sheep cheese with peppers, and homemade bread

The front desk clerk at my hotel didn’t hesitate a moment when I asked if she could recommend a good restaurant in Tirana. “Oda Restaurant,” she said. “You will love it.”...

The crystal clear water of Lake Ohrid, in Ohrid, Macedonia

You won’t find any amusement parks at Lake Ohrid, Macedonia. Nor will you find a wild party scene. You can windsurf on the lake, but this isn’t the adventure capital of...

Lake Matka, behind the dam that created the world's first manmade lake. Kayaking is a popular activity in Matka Canyon

I desperately needed a break from the city. My travels for the past few months through the Balkans had been fascinating but exhausting – just trying to wrap my brain around...

Neo-classic Roman government buildings on Dimitar Vlahov Walk along the Vardar River in Skopje

Some mornings, it takes me a moment to remember where I am. It’s a hazard that comes with full-time travel, where every few days I’m in a different city, a different...