Category Archives: Saranda

Ancient Ruins in Butrint

Laurel and I took a trip to Saranda, and on our way we stopped by the ancient Roman ruins of Butrint! We had the park all to ourselves, and we took our time exploring the archaeological sites before heading back to the beach for sea food!

Friday, November 24, 2017, 9:54pm

We woke up bright and early and left from Gjirokaster around 8:00am. When we got to Saranda, I still felt completely exhausted. So many days of traveling without a break have really worn me down. I’m still happy to be on the road, but I know I’m going to be extra ready for a long break when I get back.

When we walked into the bright, sunny apartment with ocean views, my jaw almost dropped.

When we arrived in Saranda, we found our Airbnb apartment in minutes. The owner’s brother greeted us at the door, and when we walked into the bright, sunny apartment with ocean views, my jaw almost dropped. It was so beautiful and modern, and I’ve missed this aesthetic in interior design.

We wasted no time. Within fifteen minutes, we’d changed our clothes and headed out the door for Butrint. Luckily we found the bus easily, and we made it to the park around 11:00am. The ticket seller let us both in for 600 leke (whereas non-PCVs normally pay 700 leke per ticket), and we had almost the entire park to ourselves. Continue reading Ancient Ruins in Butrint

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Weekend at the Beach in Saranda and Ksamil

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 11:55pm

I truly had no idea what to expect going into Saturday. My friend Ida from the cultural center had invited me on a trip to Saranda, which is one of the major beach locations here in Albania. But I honestly didn’t think our plans were going to come together since they were so last-minute.

And Saturday morning, I got a text from Ida saying that we were going to leave at 1:00pm. Then 1:00pm turned into 2:00pm, which turned into 3:00pm. And two more hours passed and I really had given up on the entire trip.

Rather than sand, the beach was covered in small grey rocks, and the bright, blue water was crystal clear.

But to my immense surprise, at 5:00pm, Ida’s friend drove up to her door and all of a sudden our bags were in the trunk and we were on the road! The route to Saranda was long and winding, but I was filled with excitement the entire time. And when I got my first sight of the sea, I almost jumped out of my seat. The water looked so beautiful against the setting sun, and it had been so long since I’d been to the beach.

When we arrived in Saranda, our first stop was the sea. Rather than sand, the beach was covered in small grey rocks, and the bright, blue water was crystal clear. We swam in the warm water and relaxed on the shore, catching the last rays of pink and purple daylight. It was truly beautiful, and I was unable to contain my joy at being in the water.

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