Posted by: Mark Wollemann: On the move | July 15, 2013

Comings and goings

Driving in the Balkans

Driving through the Balkans (with our new wheels) can be tricky.

What have we been up to these past couple of months? Hmmmmm …

* We handed in our grades and signed our contracts for next year (and Melody was given a second three-year contract, so now’s the time to book a trip to visit!). Let’s see, that puts us here through … oh, at least until about 2017 or so.

* We have enjoyed the warm and dry temperatures of Southeastern Europe.

* We bought a car. Nothing like our Saab, which we’re selling in a week or so, but it does the job.

* In fact, it handled our more than 3,000-mile road trip through the Western Balkans on a filming (Melody) and writing (me) assignment for a Western Balkans geotourism website.  We traveled some incredibly rugged roads, especially in Albania and Montenegro, and saw some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable. More pictures from this trip are here. (Like the page!)

* We tacked on another 1,000 kilometers last weekend to visit some friends from Estonia who were visiting the Black Sea coast.

* And we’re getting ready to fly back to the U.S. for a quick visit to Chicago, then we’ll travel to visit family and friends in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Denver, head to this resort in Costa Rica for the wedding of our daughter’s best friend (and the daughter of our best buddies in St. Paul), then back to Chicago and, a month from now, back to Blagoevgrad.

Whew. We are tired. Happy tired. And in about a day, we’ll get to see our favorite person. That will complete the happiness circle.

Bay of Kotor, Montenegro.

Bay of Kotor, Montenegro.

Montenegro: As one person called it: "stupidly beautiful."

Montenegro: As one person called it: “stupidly beautiful.”

Our Estonian friends came all the way to Bulgaria (and won at water polo). Who's coming next?

Our Estonian friends came all the way to Bulgaria (and won at water polo). Who’s coming next?



  1. Congrats on your renewed contracts … and your new car! So happy to see that you’re finding much happiness and success in your new life.

  2. See you in Bulgaria in 2015–I’ll be doing a semester in Rome then. Bulgaria isn’t THAT far from Italy, right??

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