albania montenegro croatia

once upon a time, i went to albania, montenegro, and croatia.

  • according to google location history: i biked 147.5km / 91.6 mi over the course of 4 days in 15h 31m
  • the worst parts about biking around croatia in june: the steep climbs, the unbearable heat, sharing narrow roads with buses
  • the best parts about biking around croatia in june: the steep descents, the unbelievably picturesque scenery, washing off your salty beautiful self by swimming in the salty beautiful waters, the post-cycling feasts
  • number of unique places i'll have spent the night in over the course of 21 days: 16 beds, 1 couch, 2 airplane seats
  • places i anti-recommend for adults: budva (montenegro)
  • things that scared me but did anyway and survived: jumped off a reasonably-sized rock (~10ft) into the sea in dhermi (albania), descended at full speed on brac island (croatia)
  • comments that new people/strangers made to my face that i didn't expect: 
    • "you're obviously not type a"
    • "you're the type of person who'd survive a war"
    • "oh gail, come here, you'd like these -- they're little nerdy toys!"
    • "...what kind of drugs have you taken today?"
    • "i really, really like you. seriously, i haven't felt this way in x years. i don't know why. this is very unusual."
  • silliest interaction (probably incoherent; for my records only): in tirana (albania) trying to figure out where this asian dude + white guy are from by running up from behind them and unsuccessfully eavesdropping. they stop, so we stop. i start speaking in a british accent and make it clear that we speak english. we move on because we're lingering too long. they follow behind and i hear the white guy say "yingguo ren" ("english person"). he says more stuff in mandarin i don't understand, but alfred does, turns around and says, "HELLO, GENTLEMAN." apparently they were trying to figure out where we're from, too, and the white dude said he'd ask next time we turn around.
  • games that more adults should play: uno
  • an ambitious high-impact idea i wish someone would pursue: convince everyone worldwide to replace smoking cigarettes with blowing bubbles
  • new phrase i learned: pussy smoke (means something like 'piece of cake')
  • most memorable thing i ate: a sheep's head (albania)
  • the tastiest parts of the sheep's head: its eyes and brain
  • number of mussels i ate in albania: too many
  • number of juice bottles i drank in croatia: too many
  • percentage of disappointing gelatos i consumed: 100%
  • today, i'm: sick when i should be healthy, peeling where i applied sunscreen a mole of times, blonde where i should be purple, rewatching too many rick and morty episodes
  • tomorrow, i'm: probably staying in all day when i should be exploring istanbul
  • and the next day, i'm: finally back in sf! come visit me! but don't get sick! / probably still desperate for good asian food / relishing in the sub-30C weather