As I write this post, I'm looking out over the Bosphorus from the rooftop bar of my hostel in Istanbul, Turkey.
Wow, have I come a long way from Ohio!
Three weeks have already slipped by during my big 2-month European adventure, and I've added 4 new countries to my list: Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey. I've still got TONS to write about that first leg of my trip, but that will all come in time.
For now, it's time to focus on the second leg of this adventure!
The second leg of my trip consists of traveling through the Balkans — from Istanbul to Slovenia.
I'm doing this part of my journey with two of my partners, Busabout and the Slovenia Tourist Board, and can't wait to experience this part of Europe. Most of these countries weren't even on my original European itinerary, so I kind of consider this a bonus part of my journey.
Here's my Busabout route:
As you can see (if you have a magnifying glass), I'll be getting a glimpse of some more of Turkey, a taste of Greece, and a brief look at Albania, Montenegro, and Croatia. I'm looking forward to seeing the Balkans at their best. And, considering how hot it is in this part of Europe right now, hopefully I'll be getting to know some beaches, too!
After my Busabout trip, I plan to catch a train fro Split to Ljubljana, where I'll spend 3 nights in the Slovenian capital and then 2 nights in scenic Bled.
My next couple of weeks look like this:
July 13 — Istanbul to Galliploi, Turkey
July 14 — Gallipoli to Thessaloniki, Greece
July 15 — Thessaloniki to Athens, via Meteora, Greece
July 16 — Athens, Greece
July 17 — Athens to Parga, Greece
July 18 — Parga, Greece to Durres, Albania
July 19 — Durres, Albania to Budva, Montenegro
July 20 — Budva, Montenegro to Split, Croatia, via Dubrovnik
July 21 — Split, Croatia
July 22 — Split, Croatia to Ljubljana, Slovenia
July 23-24 — Ljubljana, Slovenia
July 25-26 — Bled, Slovenia
Balkans, here I come!!
I can't wait to share my adventures with you over the coming weeks, which I hope to do as often as possible with blog posts and (hopefully) frequent photo/video updates. Stay tuned! I have a feeling it's going to be epic.
Will YOU be in any of these places at the same time as me? If so, let me know!