Montenegro??? Part 1

 

Crazy!

Well seems I got a lot of catching up with you guys, so no more talking what I’ll “try” to do and just do what I can.

No expectations on both sides.

So for this story to make sense like many of my stories I have to start from the very beginning.

I have a very old, dear and close friend now living in Moscow, Yulia.

After many years we finally had time at least for a Facebook chat, towards the end she types to me.

“Hey I have a friend you’d get along great with”

And that’s how I digitally meet Maria.

After a couple of weeks on and off chatting she tells me she’s going on holidays with her mother, Thinking OK fair enough I’ll leave her alone to enjoy her holiday.

A few days later, I get a Facebook message.

“What are you up to this week?”

Having a look through my schedule I found I wasn’t really that busy.

“Got a couple of English lessons, why do you ask?” I reply.

“Come to Montenegro” she types.

Montenegro??? where the fuck is that I’m thinking so of course I jump to Google Maps and have a look, a small country between Croatia and Albania along the coast on the Adriatic sea.

She told me she’s was staying in the town Budva.

So I start researching how the hell do I get to Montenegro after two hours I found this bus site that’s very extensive in its search engine and easy to navigate.

https://getbybus.com/en/

I hope any of you looking to go to another country across Europe find this useful.

So through Getbybus I was able to book a bus from Prague to Split then to Dubrovnik and finally to Budva, the total trip took 29 hours but honestly the people I met and things I learned along the way have helped me far more than I imagined.

Even doing pit stops for 15 mins and getting off the bus while you’re travelling, then to smell and breath the air adds to wanderlust for me personally and if you have a sunset or sunrise to add to it?

Also seeing the countryside adds to the fact you’re on an adventure of the unknown.

 

 

All these factors lead me to say travelling by bus or even train (after my terrible experience, refer to a previous post) is better then flight if you’re in travel mode.

We all know the advantages of flight ….. I hope.

So I arrived around 12 midnight in Budva and on my way walking to the hostel I walked past two girls thinking nothing more of it, after 29 hours on a bus I continue on my way when one of them asked me where another Hostel was. 

Which I had no clue, so all I said was “All I know is the MOJO Budva and they are staying up for me so if they have room at least you’ll know someone will be able to assist you.”

The ladies were Barbara and Yvette from the USA and we walked to MOJO Budva.

We found it I got my room and there was space for them also so happy days.

They mentioned they wanted to go out and informed me that Budva is a “party” town, I thought “Screw it I’m so wired I may as well follow through and see what Budva’s got.”

We got dressed and went into town soon to learn in many parts they have a strict noise curfew at 11pm so we missed that boat totally being 1am.

We got something to eat but only fast food shops were open, where we were, so we settled for that.

We continued down the road and found a casino and we thought “Sweet they’ll sell drinks and we can chill and chat.

Can’t go wrong with casino’s anywhere in the world, this one was open  till 4am and we were able to sit and chat till, you guessed, 4am.

During the morning we talked about visiting Budva Old Town and wander around town.

Next morning I made a little video to re-cap.

While  the girls were getting ready I took some photos of MOJO Budva, I enjoyed my stay there, it was clean and very close to the main city centre of Budva.

 

 

Once the girls got ready we headed off to Old Town Budva, It was a very fun day with gorgeous views, great sun and some posing.

 

 

That evening I meet Maria.

We relaxed and talked and I walked her back to her hotel with the following photos for Yulia.

Next day I decided to rent a scooter from you guessed it rent a scooter in Budva, When I called very good English and offered to pick me up on his scooter and take me to the showroom which personally I felt was a great touch.

He had a good selection of scooters if you know your bikes and he’s quite knowledgeable and sound advice.

My only issue honestly was it was about step to rent the scooter for 24 hours which I believe was around 40 euros plus a 50 euro deposit (which is fair).

I guess we all have to make a living and he’s industry is limited only to the high season so with that taken into account I didn’t say anything, I’m tell you so you’re aware.

Once I had the scooter, I rode back to MOJO Budva where Milena was chilling in the front area.

I asked her what her plans were today?

“Nothing today but tonight got some people checking in”

Note – Milena is very attractive so I asked If she’s ever had nice photos of herself?

Of course, she said no, so I invited her to join me on the scooter and go for a ride and take some photos, so off we went!

Once we returned, I had a sleep and shower for spend my afternoon and evening with Maria.

It was a gorgeous sunset and I had no clue where I was going, fortune found we were going up the mountain side out of the valley which Budva was built in.

The following photos are us with the fantastic view and sunset, we then rode back down once the heat of the day was finishing and then rode along the road south towards the city Bar and all the great shots I kept stopping, I’m sure Maria had enough by the end but when I get my photography Mojo, I’ll admit I get very self-centered.

That night I decided to wake up early and take sunrise photos, I noticed a large wall breaker so decided to head out to the end of it.

After jumping over fences and still not getting there, I decided to go back again back over the fences and look at the “entrance way” more closely.

I noticed a pathway to the far left and off I went straight to the end, mind you this whole ordeal took a good 30 mins and thankfully I get to my destination before the sun hits the horizon, again mind you 😛 there was a mountain range to the east which if you remember I said Budva was built in a valley, I completely brain farted and looking at mountain range with a single cloud.

Anyway here is the images from that morning.

After the “sunrise” I went for a scooter ride and ruins …. yes just ruins on a cliff face so I rode up it and went for a walk around and took more photos.

I continued along the road and stopped whenever I saw something that simply caught my eye.

 

INSERT VIDEO

That day I relaxed even further, more sun and salt.

I meet up with Maria again and we talked more and had some drinks, Maria even did a dance for me so I’ll only show two imagesINSEr of that.

I took Maria back to her hotel and back to my MOJO Budva.

When I returned my room, I found two girls in my room from Argentina.

END of Part 1.

 

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Author: Ranarial

Photographer, Vagabond and Friend. See the world through my eyes while I travel and live the life I want not anyone else or society.

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