NO MORE HILTONS FOR ME! BELT TIGHTENING & BUDGETS …UGH!

Between weight loss and this budget thing...time for a new belt.

And to start off with I must admit, I am staying in the Hilton here is Burgos, Spain as I write today.And I am writing about breaking my budget…so…go figure!

It is approaching 8 months since I left the USA, with the goal being that I don’t return, at least to live there again that is.

My current address, 123 Backpack Avenue, Anywhere, Anyplace

My current address, 123 Backpack Avenue, Anywhere, Anyplace

In order to do this I need to find ways to make an income, which I am working on, but they are more of a long term process. So in the mean time I have to get by on my savings.

In my former life, I was not a budget guy. And sadly, as much as I thought I was doing well in this respect, I just went over my numbers for the month of May.

EUROPE IS FREAKING EXPENSIVE!!

I really hate the Euro...Western Europe used to be affordable!

I really hate the Euro…Western Europe used to be affordable!

Now I am not naïve, I knew all this coming into this, but I was hit with some expenses I was not expecting in my 3 weeks in France after getting a leg injury and having to take the only hotel in a small village, and yes…they priced the rooms accordingly!

One of the problems I had is I have been keeping my budget in the local currency, Euros, on the App that I use to keep track. I found this to be a mistake because it led me into a false feeling that I was spending less than I was, I mean c’mon, 14.95 Euro for dinner doesn’t sound bad till you translate it to dollars and find that’s really $ 20.33!!

Even after all this time, foreign money still has that Monopoly Game money feel to me at least.

So now, my budget is in a dismal state. Time to tighten my belt and budget.

Between weight loss and this budget thing...time for a new belt.

Between weight loss and this budget thing…time for a new belt.

Just yesterday, the 1st of June I tried to do better, but as you can see in the photo, a $50.00 a day budget even here in Spain is very difficult.

A great app for my iPhone , called Trail Wallet

A great app for my iPhone , called Trail Wallet

So this morning I went to the grocery store, and this should tide me over for today and breakfast tomorrow.

They even charge for the bags at the grocery stores here.

They even charge for the bags at the grocery stores here.

With the total working out to 24.20 USD , I am still over my daily budget but a lot better than before. The wine apparently was on the wrong shelf because it was supposed to be on for 3 Euro less! Oh well…

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Oh and here is a picture of my luxury stay at the Hilton here in Burgos, Spain. ( So as you can see, I’m not a budget maniac after all!

The Hilton of Burgos, Spain. Hostal Hilton.

The Hilton of Burgos, Spain. Hostal Hilton.

Til later…

 

5 WAYS TO MAKE MONEY WHILE TRAVELING ( BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK )

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There are so many posts on travel blogs that tell you how to make a buck to keep your traveling adventure going. Bartending, waiting tables…yawn! Here are a few you might not have thought of yet!

1. Sell your hair

Apparently you hair can be worth a lot of money. In a conversation recently, I heard of a girl with long Red locks that was growing it out just to sell it. Apparently it was enough to fund her in a trip to Ghana for 6 months!

Sadly...not a option for me!

Sadly…not a option for me!

2. International man of mystery/ assassin or spy. Why not. Heck they are even advertising online for applicants. So are you the James Bond or Austin Powers type…

I can"t make these things up!

I can”t make these things up!

3. Be a gigolo
Just think of all those older ladies on those cruise ships that need a distraction from the shuffle board games! Lets me see…is Susan Sarandon is available…

Just a Gigolo?

Just a Gigolo?

4. Drug smuggling. Not my first choice. But I do have to say, a story about getting thrown into a Turkish prison would make a hell of a blog post…I wonder if they have wifi in the cells??

I saw the movie...not for me!

I saw the movie…not for me!

5. Semi pro pillow fighter

Another traveler I heard of who was hard up for cash sold himself to the public as a pillow fighter. He was a German and sold himself as “Kill the Nazi”, and with pillows borrowed from where he was staying at the time, made 60 euro in that day!

Who knew ...a Championship no less!

Who knew …a Championship no less!

6. ( Bonus ) A Human Sofa

Another German Michael Wigge of “How to travel the world for free” made some bucks in Vegas as a Human sofa. Charging for the photos. I love it, not even one prop to carry!( His videos for the trip are on Amazon and worth watching)

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So have any other ideas for me,I would love to hear you comments…I need some CASH!

Til later…

I’m From The Etats Unis d’Amerique

Etats Unis d'Amerique. I'm from that orange state right over there.

And now for one of my international pet peeves.

Why can’t we call a country by its REAL NAME!

Apparently Germany is not Gesundheit as I was told but …Deutschland!

Why do we call Deutschland Germany?

When I asked a group of German or Deutsch friends recently…nobody seemed to know. And “I don’t know” has ben the common response for everyone to this question in other countries as well.

Me with German friends discussing linguistic subjects...well really more drinking

Me with German friends discussing linguistic subjects…well really more drinking

As some famous writer, probably Stephen King, once said “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”

The prolific Mr. Stephen King

The prolific Mr. Stephen King

But it was “Lumpy” Rutherford on American televisions ” Leave It To Beaver” that always said…Don’t call me Lumpy…my name is Clarence. ( BTW, I think Lumpy might have been a better choice!)

Just call me Clarence already!!!

Just call me Clarence already!!!

We all like to be called out name, not some made up nickname from someone else!

So why can’t we call a country what they call themselves???

Everyone it seems had dreamed of running off for a life in Prathesthiy.

Beautiful Prathesthiy as the locals call Thailand

Beautiful Prathesthiy as the locals call Thailand

Any guess as what we call the country of Shqiperi?

Great view I had of the capital of Shqiperi, Tirana rececently.

Great view I had of the capital of Shqiperi, city of Tirana recently.( AKA Albania)

And there is nothing but beauty in this gorgeous land of Hrvatska!photo2

Sight s from beautiful Hvar Isalnd, Hrvatsha(aka Croatia)

Sights from beautiful Hvar Isalnd, Hrvatsha (aka Croatia)

And in so many cases the real names are SOOO close, yet sound even better in their native language. Italia…doesn’t that just sound so , I don’t know…Italian?

This is my next stop!! I can't wait!

This is my next stop!! I can’t wait for Italia!

Eire…is Ireland…just seems right!

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My first glimpse of Blarney Castle on the Isle of Eire

It seems that in all its lost military battles through history, at least they finally won a linguists battle in that France in France is also France!

And speaking of French, I asked a French girl at my hostel the other day, How do you say my country, the USA? Her response was Etats Unis d’Amerique ( Get a French speaker to say it to you and try not to melt!) It sounds sooo amazing!

Etats Unis d'Amerique. I'm from that orange state right over there.

Etats Unis d’Amerique. I’m from that orange state right over there.

So President Obama, I am putting in my formal request for changing our name…it just sounds so cool! Til later…

Split Croatia – Korean TV, Easter and …Froggyland!

A view from the Bell Tower

Right off, let me just say it. Split, Croatia is amazingly beautiful. 

View from my first dinner in Croatai

View from my first dinner in Croatia

It is also the touristy place I have stayed since starting this journey 6 months ago Everyone has a $1000.00 camera around their neck!  I may not have mentioned, but I am not fond of tourists…yeah, yeah I know I am sorta one too, but just the same!

Even in the rain the groups of camera wearing tourists won't stay away!

Even in the rain the groups of camera wearing tourists won’t stay away!

There is a MASSIVE number of South Koreans here too. They almost out number the Croatians!One was even in the top bunk above me in my hostel dorm last night. He flew in from where he is attending school in Germany and flew out early today, for only 12 hours in Croatia, with most of that in a hostel dorm! So what is the draw for all these folks from South East Asia??

Reality television strikes again!

Reality television strikes again!

South Korean tourists...looking for love?

South Korean tourists…looking for love?

Well it seems last year there was a reality series form Korea called “The Romantic” that was set here for the season. Think “The Bachelor” but with people from SE Asia in Europe?? Anyhow, apparently its a big hit so this year, the Koreans are here, last year, apparently they all went to France. Where will it be next year…I am on the edge of my seat!

She seems to be on the edge of here seat too!

She seems to be on the edge of here seat too!

Attention Detroit, Michigan. Put a show on in South Korea, and it will bring those tourist dollars to you…fast cash…just a thought…

well, Detroit...on 2nd thought...

Well, Detroit…on 2nd thought…

Have I mentioned this place is just so damn’ed beautiful…well it is!

A view from the Bell Tower

A view from the Bell Tower

Lots of history, lots of Roman ruins,ships and sailboats everywhere!

The afore mentioned bell tower

The afore mentioned bell tower

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Part of the Roman Palace

Part of the Roman Palace

And if you want to read more about the history , Wikitravel can probably do a much better job than me, so here is something else I stumbled upon…

{YES THAT WAS A BLATANT PLUG FOR YOU TO STUMBLE THIS BLOG AT STUMBLEUPON.COM}

And now back to our program.

Welcome to Froggyland! As I was walking down the beautiful (Did I mention it’s beautiful here?) street, reeking with history, I heard the sound of hundreds of croaking frogs. As I followd the alluring sound, I found this!

This just did not fit in here at all!

This just did not fit in here at all!

This place is like something you would see in Branson, Missouri, USA. And it was really fascinating to see. It seems that these displays were made over 100 years ago to be shown at Circus Sideshows. These are the types of things our great-grandparents used to go and be entertained by. It really is a slice of history that for the most part has disappeared.

Somewhat creepy, and also artsy...

Somewhat creepy, and also artsy…

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My photos are bad because I had to sneek them ! There was Froggyland security watching me!! So as odd as it was, it was worth the couple of bucks to see.

(NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS BLOGPOST…AT LEAST NOT IN THE LAST 100 YEARS)

It was also Easter weekend, and I got lucky to squeeze into the Cathedral for the service. A real spectacular display. They take it seriously here, it’s 93% Catholic in Croatia. The choir was really something special.

The Arch Bishop was doing the services.

The Arch Bishop was doing the services.

And other than Church an d few Restaurants, all was quiet Easter Sunday…it was so nice.IMG_9274

Even the souvenir shops were closed...ya don't see that too often!

Even the souvenir shops were closed…ya don’t see that too EVER!

Oh, before I go I didn’t want to forget to mention , its really beautiful here!

Beauty, beauty everywhere

Beauty, beauty everywhere

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And as for Croatia, I suppose I am …hooked.

Well right now I have to go catch a ferry boat to my next destination, so…

Til later…

ALBANIA – LAND OF MYSTERY AND STEROTYPES

There is some crazy beautiful countryside  here in Albania.

The last few weeks of travel have been a mix of contradictions,counterfeits and broken stereotypes.

I love the contradictions in this photo. Durres, Albania

I love the contradictions in this photo. Durres, Albania

Recently I’ve spent quite a bit of time in a country that really, is still sort of a mystery to most of the world…Albania.

There is some crazy beautiful countryside  here in Albania.

There is some crazy beautiful countryside here in Albania.

As an American, my primary knowledge base of Albania was this: John Belushi’s family was from Albania and also , all the bad guys in Liam Neeson movies live there.

Not a lot to go on is it? And the whole time I was there I did not meet one Belushi family member or even one “Taken” villain!

Now Jim Belushi in the next "Taken" maybe...

Now Jim Belushi in the next “Taken” maybe…

I also did not see one KFC or McDonalds, which is always refreshing to me! But these are what I did find!

Why buy a franchise when you can just copy one?

Why buy a franchise when you can just copy one?

The chicken wasn't too bad either. (I had to try it!)

The chicken wasn’t too bad either. (I had to try it!)

What you do find in Albania is a very beautiful country, with fantastic people. A nation very proud of its heritage. Also I had many Albanians point out that they had been invaded countless times over the centuries, yet they had never done the same.

Adriatic Sea view near Durres.

Adriatic Sea view near Durres.

It was difficult to spend my money in this place, because when out with my Albanian friends they were always insisting on paying! One night out was a friends birthday, and he paid for everything, including countless shots of Jack Daniels! I saw the bill, and couldn’t believe how cheap it was, with the imported booze. I later found out, that it was most likely COUNTERFEIT Jack Daniels. All I know is…it tasted really good, so bring it on!

Fake Jack Daniels!! Say it isn't so!

Fake Jack Daniels!! Say it isn’t so!

The rein of the communist era had Albania shut off from the rest of the world, even more so than its other communist counterparts. Due to this, there is still a mysterious nature to this wonderful country.Perhaps some of the old ways are hard to break regarding the secrecy. Because if Albania were to sell this country more to the world for tourism it would defiantly become less mystery and more destination!

Another of the Albanian friends I made. Near Tirana

Another of the Albanian friends I made. Near Tirana

So when your looking into a great place that still is inexpensive and offers so much more than you expect, look into Albania!

So much beauty in such a small country.

So much beauty in such a small country.

Til Later…

 

Sign, Sign Everywhere A Sign…Cant You Read The Sign?

A recent favorite in Albania. Something for everybody.

Signs really are everywhere. In every Country, in every language. And I love them!

The most honest sign ever in Turkey.

The most honest sign ever in Turkey.

Some are easy to figure out.

So many signs in Albanian you can figure out.

So many signs in Albanian you can figure out.

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Others you learn quick!

I love phonics...Albania toilet.

I love phonics…Albania toilet.

Pay toilets in Mexico!

Pay toilets in Mexico!

Wait..is this one for a toilet too??

Wait..is this one for a toilet too??-Mexico

Some are extremely bizarre or confusing

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??? Antigua, Guatemala

First thing I saw In Tirana, Albania

First thing I saw In Tirana, Albania

And some are just so pretty you have to take a pic

So pretty...not a clue what it says!

So pretty…not a clue what it says!-Istanbul, Turkey

Not a clue what this says but aint it great!

Not a clue what this says but aint it great!- Krakow, Poland

 

There are those you wish were not EVERYWHERE! (American culture run amuck!)

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Ugly yellow sport coats in Greece

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McDonalds..sadly in Nis, Serbia

 

And there are those you know there is no point in entering!

Man I want a Visa to go thru there...UGH!

Man I want a Visa to go thru there…UGH!

Many make me thankful for GPS !

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Some reek of BS in any language!

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Vote early…vote often.

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Irish EU election in 09. I love the fastener…looks like a lobotomy.

 

 

Others lead to places you wish to forget.

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UGH!

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I cannot confirm nor deny…

 

And some lead you to life changing experiences.

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A heaven on Earth in Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Bad pic, Gate at Auschwitz.A new world point of view after this visit.

Bad pic, Gate at Auschwitz. A new world point of view after this visit.

Signs are yet another of the things that fascinate me in travel. I hope you enjoyed some of the collection…there is a whole world more out there to share with you!

Til Later…

 

Big Hairy Scary Goal Time Here!

The Whole World In My Hands

Big goals sometimes have a way of getting pushed to the side, put up on a shelf and later forgotten. This is too easy to do, since these are usually a personal thing . So nobody knows…there is no embarrassment.

So here today I share with you my big goal…and you get to help, by keeping me honest!

I am on a quest to visit every country in the world. There …that’s it!

Wow...this looks a little daunting.

Wow…this looks a little daunting.

And starting today I am adding to Quadesworld.com a new page. A daily journal of what happens on this quest, the good, the bad, and the boring ( Hey…it happens)

This journey started 171 days ago as of this writing .But today 04/04/14 will be the official start of my 2600 day quest!

Here’s some of the math: 2600 days is 7.12 years, and 86.6 months.

There are 193 Countries according to United Nations Membership, I have been to 22. So that leaves 122 to come. That averages 2 a month,or 15 days to each.

It's not so scary a goal when you look at it this way...

It’s not so scary a goal when you look at it this way…

Now in reality, I will be living on the road the whole time, staying some places for a decent time (Antigua almost caught me for good!), and others you don’t want to stay long(Say..North Korea!)

This is a tough goal, a dream for a great part of my life. Till now I was afraid to say it out loud, but now that its public…I have no choice!!

So come join me on my journey…help keep me honest. This should continue to be a fun ride!

Who wants to come to the grand finale party?? I assure it will be somewhere very cool! Mark the date 05/20/2021…

Til later…

(To see the journal just click it on the pages section, updates daily)

 

 

 

 

 

WHY CAN’T THEY DRIVE ON THE CORRECT SIDE OF THE ROAD!

The only Irish witness to my disasters!

The following is a telling of my first day driving in the Island Nation of Ireland. I love Ireland, but not so much that particular day.

Dublin is nice, but Ireland is about the countryside.

Dublin is nice, but Ireland is about the countryside.

Ireland was a dream of mine to visit for some time. After a couple of days visiting Dublin, it was time to get a car and drive this amazing country. I made my way to the airport to pick up my car. As it was processed they pointed out I was in luck, instead of the Econo box tiny car I had reserved, I was getting a free upgrade to a full sized car! This was great news to me since I am a tall big guy! With apologies they pointed out that i would have to stop and fuel up right away, but heck no problem for me, if I get the larger car!

Beautiful Ireland!

Beautiful Ireland!

A few miles out into the countryside I stopped into a station to fuel up. The car was a diesel, so naturally I grabbed the green nozzle (everyone knows that’s diesel!) turned it on and went to the shop for a few minutes. Upon coming back, after it was full, I noticed with dread that I had filled the car with GASOLINE. The nozzle colors were different here, plus in the states the nozzles are sized different so this cannot happen! Ugh.

So here I am in the Irish countryside, 60 Euros of fuel in my tank, and I cant turn the ignition because I will destroy the engine! After some work, the store clerk found a guy to tow me and fix the problem. So we head out to a shed in the middle of nowhere, I wound up standing there for 3 hours while he manhandled the car. The experience did show me that there are parts of Ireland that are ugly after all! And that they have white trash too! So after the hours invested and about 170 Euros (literally) down the drain I was finally underway again.

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More beautiful Irish countryside!

I desperately needed to see Blarney Castle that day to keep to the schedule I was on, and now it was a race. On to the highway I went. A decent distance along the route, I pulled on to a side road to check my map. When I returned to the highway, it was only to discover I had a large truck coming at me on the WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD! I managed to ditch the car in the nick of time into a field of bushes and small trees.

And of course after the adrenaline rush subsided, I realized in my stupidity, it had been me on the WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD!

The only Irish witness to my disasters!

The only Irish to witness to my disasters!

I managed the now very scratched up, dented and brush infested chassis back onto the highway toward my goal of Blarney Castle And ironically, all was looking good time wise, I was going to make it after all!

As I arrived into town I had my first encounter with why people in Ireland drive Econo boxes and not big sedans as I was so lucky to have gotten. Once in town the streets became incredibly narrow, and as I followed the signs, I had to enter an ancient narrow tunnel. So add narrow tunnel + big car + the fact they drive on the WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD and what do you get?

Not from that day, but it gives you an idea!

Not from that day, but it gives you an idea!

In my case I managed to tear the mirror off and tear up the whole passenger side of the car! Not my best travel day by a long shot! Again I pull over to see what new damages I was capable of ,adrenaline ran its course and I was back on the narrow streets to my nearby destination! It was actually in my view, the grounds of Blarney Castle, when out of the blue, I clipped the rear bumper of a parked car.

The Castle..so close yet so far!

The Castle..so close yet so far!

SO for the forth time that day, I stop to see what damage I have wrought…to discover that his entire bumper is gone! It was as if I was a surgeon and this full sized Polish sedan was my scalpel! What was left, a late model rust bucket Ford Taurus. The owner comes over, and I apologize. At this point I am worried about the Police or insurance getting involved, so I ask him…HOW MUCH? How much for me to just to get to walk away. And he did not hesitate in saying 600 Euro! As frazzled as I was I did not negotiate, I went to the ATM!

But as I am handing him the cash, the thought dawns on me…he could still call the coppers and try to shake me down for  an insurance claim! That’s where I came up with this ingenious plan, I took a photo of him holding the cash. I figured a picture was worth a thousand words     (or 600 Euros in this case). Our photo contract seems to work out, since Interpol has as of yet not picked me up since that time!

So the hard part to believe in all of this, I was still able to make it to Blarney Castle on time! And it was amazing!

After reading this far of course you knew I kissed the stone!

After reading this far of course you knew I kissed the Blarney stone!

Entrance fee for 5 Euro + 170 + 600 = 775 Euro for the day…to see Blarney Castle!          (About 1000 USD with the exchange rate…sigh)

And the next four days driving in Ireland…no problemo…easy peasy!

As for the damage…I highly recommend getting the extra insurance, which I had gotten. Apparently, it is a license to destroy a car, which in retrospect …could actually have been a lot of fun!

Til later…

An Italian,a Lithuanaian and a French Guy Walk Into a Bar

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You ever have one of those moments when you say to yourself…Am I really here?

It really could be almost anywhere depending on who you are and where your interests lie.

Shakes Beer, Tirana, Albania...where last nights events occurred.

Shakes Beer, Tirana, Albania…where last nights events occurred.

And what is interesting is you have envisioned it, but when it actually starts happening, it’s as if its surreal.

This has been happening to me more and more the further I go on this world journey. And 9 times out of ten it involves the people I get to meet and the conversations that occur.

A stumbled upon great experience in Guatemala!

A stumbled upon great experience in Guatemala!

Last night was a great example. It was a happy hour/Mixer put on by a great online community named Internations.org. It was a meeting for expats of all sorts of nationalities living here in Tirana.

Internations.org

Internations.org

There were a large number of countries represented including a some Albanians, who I have found to be a people very proud of their country. Which is great because I found out so much about the country and the culture!

Really an awesome flag!

Really an awesome flag!

There was the American Geologist, who is based here in Tirana, and his regular schedule is made up of drives all around Europe and over in North Africa.

And a fascinating Italian woman working for the UN who has lived in too many countries to mention, in Africa, Europe and the Americas.

It's like the United Nations  and a happy hour ran into each other!

It’s like the United Nations and a happy hour ran into each other!

And the others I got to speak with from Japan,America,Ireland,Norway, Portugal, France, Lithuania…and more. And there folks are just living their lives, in different cultures, day in day out. For most of them…it’s just another day.

Getting to experience these people and places will never be just another day for me. These are my surreal moments..this is my bliss

Til later.

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For That Price, What…Did You Stay In A Barn??

This is a thought that scares the crap out of me!

One of the things you have to try and master to stay on the road for any length of time is how to get your housing costs down. And sadly I am afraid to say that I am still learning the ropes with this!

Today I am in Tirana, Albania, arriving yesterday. I will give you my example of what I am doing to find lodging here in this wonderful city!

It all starts with the internet, as all things in life do these days. I hunt through the hotel, hostel and apartment sites looking for the best deals. But the web and real life can be two very different things. So once I am on the ground in the city, I go on the hunt!

This is a thought that scares the crap out of me!

This is a thought that scares the crap out of me!

I have yet to just show up sans reservations of some type. But the problem with having a reservation is the place will usually be higher priced than other options in the city. ( And in person they usually negotiate too!)

So I usually have a reservation for the first two nights a new city, and use that time to hunt for a better deal that is out there. Seeing with your own eyes rally makes a difference. This hotel I am in tonight is the cheapest I could make an online reservation with. $48.00 a night, and look at the bathroom!

Yes, the shower toilet and sink are all one!

Yes, the shower toilet and sink are all one!

Now my priorities may differ from yours. But what I look for is a place a reasonable walk to the city center, good wifi and a private room. I don’t  even mind a shared bath.(But have only had a couple thus far.)

I have yet to stay in a dorm in a hostel yet, but I know it’s coming. (Pricing places in Denmark recently, even a dorm bed is $50.00 a night!)

In Antigua, Guatemala for example my hunt involved seeing 15 different places in the price range I has in mind. I found a private room and bath, for only $10.00 a night!

Here in Tirana, it is a kittle different story since this is a large city and it is the capitol, they can boost their rates . But here too, a little legwork, and an hour of two on the web gave me a list of 12 places to check out.

I think 6 is my lucky number!

I think 6 is my lucky number!

So I went on the hunt today, and to be honest I got tired really early,. It was rainy and cold, so I only saw 6 on my list. But number six looks like a winner with a very eclectic and cool atmosphere!

Cool person Ingred, who works at Hostel Propaganda.

Cool person Ingred, who works at Hostel Propaganda.

What I get at hte new digs tomorrow. A private room and bath, a joint kitchen to use,and large living areas,and breakfast… all for $28.00 a night. Plus it has a real shower(  I am a big guy!) Heck, this shower is as big as the whole bathroom in the above pic!)

I will be reporting on Youtube with what I find at this hostel, if you are curious!

Pic from their web site, it was accurate.

Pic from their web site, it was accurate.

And of course there are a number of other ways to save as you travel, with couch surfing, home sitting etc. When I do those, I will report on them too.

But for now, I am exhausted. I walked a few miles today hunting. But in the process also met some cool people and got a much better feel for the city than just using good old Expedia.com.

Well, after this meal, I am sleepy…siesta time, so signing off for now…

Good traditional Albanian stuff!

Good traditional Albanian stuff!

Til later…