If you’re planning to go on a summer vacation this year, congratulations! While summer is an important time for getting together with family and friends, it also provides the perfect opportunity to explore new cities, visit new destinations, and see different ways of life. I recently spent a few days in New York City, and had a wonderful time exploring this bustling metropolis. While I was there I met up with some of my friends for dinner in Brooklyn, and we ended up trying out a new restaurant that I had never heard of—The Butcher’s Daughter.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here on betweenpages, but I thought I’d start hitting the “post” button again. It’s been quite a while, actually, but I’ve found that it’s not as daunting as I imagined. I’ve made quite a bit of progress over the last year. I’ve recently been able to find a balance in my life that has made me less stressed and more productive than I ever was. I’ve been able to reconnect with the people I love and care about, as well.
After nine months of living the good life in Saranda, it was time for a change of scenery. We can’t believe we’ve been here so long! In fact, it is the longest uninterrupted period we have lived in another country.
But when the summer season begins, we can’t help but notice a change, as our quiet beach town gradually transforms into a frenzied resort town. We don’t live like natives anymore. On the contrary, we clearly stand out and mingle with all the other tourists.
These changes made us want to leave again, and it was time to leave Saranda.
Few tourists expected in September 2020
A large number of tourists are expected in June 2021.
However, this transition will also be difficult for very specific reasons. We will miss the freedom and the carefree life we loved in Albania. Now that I’m out of the country, I realize with horror how free we lived there. It also showed us how many Albanians are alert and free-spirited in the face of the current world situation, especially compared to other residents of neighboring regions.
Albania is doing well. People are not just distracted by the pandemic. And at this point in our lives, gaining freedom is more important than travel.
Fortunately, even at the height of the pandemic, Albania did not close its borders to Americans. With so few countries open without restrictions, let’s hope Albania stays open until the end of 2021.
Planners like us will have a hard time getting through the second half of the year. Border changes and entry requirements make travel quite difficult. Plus, summer is always a tough time for frugal travelers.
Summer 2021 Plans
And where are we now? Thanks to a logistical loophole, Harry and I decided to cross the Albanian border into Montenegro. According to the U.S. Embassy in Montenegro, U.S. citizens can cross the border freely, without inspection or restrictions, if they have stayed in a neighboring country for more than 15 days.
Since there was conflicting information on the internet, I had this condition confirmed directly with the US Embassy and was prepared to show proof of this rule at border control. We expected questions, and of course we were asked to show the results of the PCR test.
Unfortunately, we knew the updated border rules better than the Border Patrol. Harry just said No PCR, and they let us through. With travel being so difficult these days, it was great to visit a new place – not common or outdated.proof of life in Montenegro!
Nine months after our arrival in Europe, we are still amazed, but not surprised, at the extent to which those in power are fuelling this pandemic. What began as a 15-day attempt to stem proliferation has turned into a year and a half of destruction of civilization, human rights, and civil liberties.
With each passing day, we are grateful to be alive and free. If there is one thing we should learn from this great experience, it is the realization of how quickly the forces of evil can brainwash people, destroy and enslave society. Our goal is to do everything in our power to get out of this difficult situation for as long as we can.
However, instead of relaxing the mandates, countries continue to strengthen them. Free movement is becoming increasingly difficult and unclear, even for vaccinated persons. Because of the absurdity of the world, we took the opportunity to go to another European country without a warrant.Hello, I am from Montenegro.
For the time being, we will continue to support those countries that encourage free movement without quarantine, testing or vaccination. Unfortunately, there are clearly only five countries left – Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania, Costa Rica and Mexico. If they’re out, we’ll probably be in Florida with the others.