Last Saturday April 9th, we drove south of Vlore up to The Llogora Pass. The pass is a mountainous area that separates Vlore from the Albanian Riviera. The pass road climbs to 1,000m above sea level and is said to have some of the best views of the sea in the country. We drove to the top and stopped for some pictures however there was a lot of cloud cover so we couldn’t get any of those coastal pictures the area is renowned for. The area is also known for an abundance of wildlife including deer, wild boar, wolves, foxes, and birds though we didn’t see much wildlife in our short visit.
We stopped for a macchiato at the top and then continued our journey back to Vlore, stopping in the beach side town of Orikum. Orikum is only a short drive from Vlore and is a popular spot for locals to vacation due to the beaches and beauty. After driving through Orikum, we stopped for a bite of lunch at a traditional restaurant. The waiters wear the old traditional style of clothing and the restaurant serves spit-roasted meat.
After lunch, I hopped into the back seat of the truck and felt something brush my arm. I looked over to see what it was only to find the biggest grasshopper ever! I guess we did see some Albanian wildlife after all. . .
Sunday was a fairly nice day so we just hung out on the patio, made Tave me Presh for dinner, and practiced our Albanian! We have been taking Shqip lessons for 2 weeks now and have been learning a lot of words, phrases and conversations. Une jam Rebecca. Une jam e martuar. Une nuk kam femije. Une vij nga Kanada por une jeton ne Vlore. If you don’t understand, check out google translate and see what it comes up with.