Since we’ve been waylaid by the incomparable island of Karpathos, Greece and our realization that time well-spent in place is equally good as time well-spent elsewhere. It’s a matter of perspective. Every place can be awe-inspiring if one takes the time to notice, our original intended itinerary needed to be modified.
Therefore, our updated plans, including hopefully spending time with our amazing new friends Achim and Beate in Stuttgart, Germany, are now focused less on the Balkans and more on the areas of Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary.
Admittedly, there is a part of my that is saddened. For some reason, maybe due to their contentious recent history, I was drawn to Albania, Kosovo, and Serbia. Alas, not this time around. All the more reason to schedule another trip!
For reference, the cities with circles near them are the ones we hope to visit. Also, be sure to check out the Trip Map for ongoing updates.