I reached Kalabaka and continued to Meteora,this place was on my bucket list from long.This place is no less than a wonder and makes you feel that you are in a different planet altogether .Beautiful looking monasteries sitting on hill tops,i literally spent half day at these monasteries turn by turn staring at the views down under.I could visit some of them from inside,while some of them were not open for tourists.This was a very beautiful experience for me and i did not wanted to leave the place,but the road ahead awaited for me for much more moments to live and cherish.
As i continued towards Albania,i decided to stay for the night near Perama Caves.While checking-in at the hotel i dropped my stock of Jim Beam when i was climbing the stairs, saddest night of the trip so far .
Next morning i made some new friends.There is no second opinion about the fact that ‘This kid has got a bright future’ 🙂
As i pack up and leave i could still smell the sweet taste of Jim Beam around the stairs.While the owner waves me good bye with a smile,he was not happy about the stench i left accidentally.
Stalactite-rich Perama Cave, 4km from Ioannina, is among Greece’s largest and most impressive and i did not wanted miss it at any cost. Discovered by accident in 1940 by residents fleeing bomb attacks, 1100m of its fairy-tale passageways can be explored ONLY on hourly guided tours.Lady guide who took us through the tour was quite cocky and strict.I can understand her frustration and nature,tourist like us can be bit annoying sometimes.
Taking photos is not allowed and the guide is usually very serious about it.They allow to take only 1-2 photos at certain point.
I took a slight detour between Perama and Kalpaki towards Paleoselli.
Border crossing to Albania was smooth,first Balkan country in my trip.While i exit from Greece,border guards warn me about Albania being a dangerous country,dangerous roads and corrupt cops.I realized that this advice is the same as i received in the previous border crossings,however my experience was totally opposite to what i been told at the borders.People will always tell you negative things about other countries,some will advice you based on their experience and some will just pass on the message which might have been passed onto them by others.I believe it’s good to take such advice’s and form your own opinion,while riding solo and totally ignoring such warnings/advice’s can become harmful in some situations as well.I crossed the border and settled in Sarande at a hostel for 5 Euro per night.