The Western Balkans Topic
Welcome to the Western Balkans topic on Matador. My name is Ivan. I’m 27. From Bosnia-Herzegovina.
So, have You visted the Western Balkans Region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia)?
Yes, it’s actually crazy how easy it is to visit all of these countries in a single trip. We started in Bulgaria and traveled west, driving through Serbia to Bosnia, then south to Croatia (Dubrovnik), then to Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, and back to Bulgaria. We didn’t make it to Kosovo, but if you’re not too pressed for time it’s easy enough to squeeze it in. Not sure about anyone else’s experience, but I found each country to be extremely welcoming to Americans. We actually got free dessert everywhere we went in Albania. Given the wars in the 90s, you’d think there would be at least some level of animosity toward Americans, but I didn’t see any of that. Would be interested to hear what others’ experiences have been–particularly if you’re local to the region.
I spent last summer backpacking through the region, it was incredible. I visited all of the Western Balkans except for Serbia. Where in Bosnia are you from? Mostar stole my heart. If you’re working on a story I’d love to collaborate. Lolaannmendez@gmail.com.
@ebendiskin Glad to hear that. For the local’s nowdays is ok to travel through the region. Tensions are gone, but politicians force that kind of stories in media. @lolaannmendez Mostar is amazing. I’m writing an article about travelers experience in Herzegovina. Maybe that will be good opportunity to collaborate. And in future articles also. I will contact You soon. 🙂
I’ve been to Zadar, Croatia a couple times now. I love the feel of the city with the old town right along the harbor. You could see people spear fishing right off the sea wall. If you travel through and want a great meal stop by Fosa Restaurant right outside the old city gate. I was lucky enough to be able to fly around the city. You can check out the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ow7CkwuPpeU
I lived in Lac, Albania as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years and was able to travel a lot around the country. I also made it up to Montenegro and Croatia for a few short trips. Albania is one of the best (albeit sometimes challenging) places I’ve lived. The mountains were spectacular and I hiked and camped almost every weekend. Everywhere I went, I was invited to random weddings, festivals, family gatherings, and meals. It was a privilege. If there anything I can do to help you with your article, please let me know!
I’ve visited the Balkans each summer the last three years and love how much there is to see and do there. I’ve yet to visit Kosovo and Albania so those will likely feature in my next trip there. I’d love to return to Bosnia Herzegovina too, I visited Sarajevo, Mostar, Jajce and Trebinje. My blog has a quite a few posts featuring destinations in the Balkans for those interested.
Ok, folks. Glad to have You here. I will write a couple of blog post with foreign blogger experience.
Need some informations for my upcoming blog post: In few sentences please tell me what do You like and dislike in Croatia (for those who have visited Croatia). Article will be published in the leading newspaper in Croatia, Večernji list, on their blogging platform.
We just did a whole section of the Via Dinarica Trail! Check out a few of our pieces here! (https://www.forsomethingmore.com/category/destinations/bosnia-and-herzegovina/)
You may notice a lot of monuments if you visit Skopje, and there’s a reason for that: The government did a project called “Skopje 2014” where they “modernized” the city. There are so many monuments nowadays in Skopje that some tourists call it “the city of monuments” 🙂