I left Albania today after spending four days in Tirana. I really enjoyed my time in Albania. I didn't know what to expect of Albania before arriving. It was a pleasant surprise. There will be more detailed blog posts on it to come (I promise!).
From Tirana I headed to Skopje, Macedonia. It took about 8 hours via bus. The time passed fairly quickly and the scenery was beautiful. The biggest shock for me during the ride was to see rain. I've gotten so used to the hot weather in Turkey, Greece, and Albania that I had almost forgotten that I might see rain while traveling. It was only for a short period after crossing into Macedonia. We'll see if encounter it again.
I expect that my time in Skopje and Macedonia will be brief and then I'll head on towards Kosovo. As always though, my travel plans are subject change.
In a final bit of news that should disappoint everyone, my mustache stayed behind in Albania. I'm clean shaven now. It had a good run of nearly four weeks. Perhaps it will reappear later in my travels when I again feel like scaring away women and children.