And today I want to show you just what a day in Albania looks like for Derek and I.
Some days I spend the morning looking at the beautiful Adriatic Sea, listening to the birds sing their songs. As the waves roll in and out, my thoughts fade into the blue. Derek checks email and sports scores while he sips a coffee before breakfast.
Albanians don’t really eat breakfast so restaurants do not serve it. I regularly make scrambled eggs and chicken sausage for breakfast. The eggs are farm fresh and delicious. Being a person who craves variety, I was looking for a new twist on our breakfast. One day at the grocery store I found just what I needed -bacon. I took the fresh bread that is baked twice a day just a couple blocks down the street, added one egg, two slices of bacon and a slice of cheese – voila breakfast sandwiches!
After breakfast I enjoy reading in kitchen where the sunlight pools on the love seat in the corner. I currently have my nose in “The Call To Create” by Linda Schierse Leonard. It’s a book that Derek shared with me and I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever thought that they lack creativity.
This week Derek took me on date for lunch to celebrate my first article being published. We decided to tried a new restaurant. I don’t remember the name, but it was on the third floor, with perfect views of the sea. Pizza and pasta are everywhere (due to Italy’s influence) but I was craving meat and potatoes. To top it all off our waiter brought us a special dessert, on the house. It seemed that the restaurant was celebrating with us!
With all this eating, we are happy to get moving in the afternoons. Derek and I have always loved taking walks together. A couple days ago we decided to follow the coast around the corner and around another and another. To our delight we found a country side full of olive trees, golden wheat and sheep grazing on the hills. At times the path climbed up, up and away. From the top of the cliffs we could see forever. All alone in nature, that’s our happy place.
On our way home we sat at a coffee shop, enjoyed a Lemon Ivi and watched day turn to night. We talk about our walk, what we feel like for dinner and how much fun it is to travel. We rattled off all the places we want to see next.
South Albania, (Saranda)
are next on the list.
We admit that we could never go back to “regular life” again. I do believe we are forever hooked on the “bohemian lifestyle”. With sore muscles we push ourselves the rest of the way home, where we collapse on the couch with fennel tea and yogurt with fruit.
I lay in bed with heavy eyes, whispering thank yous for the sun that shines on my life and for the fellow adventurer that was sent to me.
I wonder what tomorrow holds…a new adventure, I’m sure!
Hungry for More, Monique Alvarez p.s. If there are typos, spelling or grammar mistakes in this post don’t worry about. Those are the kinds of things I’ve worried about for FAR too long. It’s time to just get it out and who cares if it’s not perfect, it’s from the heart!