It was a not so cold spring time in Albania. From our 4-star hotel in Budva, Montenegro, it was quite a long trip going to Shkodër, Albania. Considering the road conditions and the checking of the passports  at the border between Montenegro and  Albania, it took us over 4 hours to reach this historic city of Shkodër.

Called as Shkodra in Albanian language and historically also known as Scutari according to our tour guide, this city is one of the oldest and most historic places in Albania, as well as an important cultural and economic centre.

View of Shkodër or Shkodra from the historic Rozafa Castle. I was there last spring 2013.

We stayed for 4 nights that time in Avala Hotel and Resort, a 4-star hotel in this most famous tourist destination of Montenegro, in Budva. It was our fifth day of sightseeing and we will be visiting Shkodër, Albania that day.

I set my alarm at 6:00 in the morning because breakfast will start at 7:00 AM. The bus will leave at 8:00 AM. After taking the breakfast, brushing my teeth in my hotel room and getting my handbag and cameras, I am ready to explore for the first time Shkodër.

The roads were narrow and sometimes there are a lot of trash along the way. It reminds me of places in third world countries where there are no proper disposable of  waste. It is quite sad though, seeing  land pollution like that. After that long trip, I was happy because once in my life, I was able to visit Albania, the land known for its contrast!

That trip was still all worth it! I wish I can share more stories from that trip as I have a journal,  where I write some experiences everytime I travel. It is good doing it  that way so that I can  remember  many experience from my travels.

Until next travel update! Take care everyone and God bless!