Buna/ Ada Bojana the island in the Mist


Out of all the places to cover in Montenegro this would seem the least popular when put against Budva, Tivar or Podgorica. This is a small yet characteristic place compared to the rest of Montenegro’s tourist attractions.

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Ulqin is the closest city to Ada Bojana and has a history of its own, which I won’t get into now, and probably won’t ever, however there is an interesting Afro-Albanian history involved as well as pirates and castles if you ever want to read up on it.

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Ada Bojana is a special bit of land, legend describes the formation of the island, saying that a sunken ship gathered sediment and formed the island, and if you dig deep you can find the ship.

There is a particular atmosphere here that is very typical of the Balkans in the way that there is a mixture of Balkan languages being spoken, a mentality and therefore behaviour that suits the region, yet there is also an air of relaxation. The wildlife in this area is unique to Europe and includes, Blu Jays, Sea gulls, Herrings, hundreds of species of fish, a local legend the Shagall, said to be a mix between a dog, a fox and a wolf… or something like that and of course the infamous Herman tortoise which originates from these parts.

The main attractions are the restaurants, one in particular which is a Montenegrin legend, Mishko. All restaurants here are fish restaurants of a high class with great reputations and with reason. Bojana is all about the fishing, the fishing season is in September when tourists return to their homes and the scorching heat from August mellows out. Every passionate fisherman in the region knows of this place and the fish it harbours.

Personally, I’m not too great at fishing but very passionate for sea food, so the menu’s here are (although pricey) just right for me.

For me the best days in Bojana are the quiet ones, watching the sun set, hearing hundreds of birds flutter around, and laying on our wood terrace above the water, listening to the waves from boats passing bay flush beneath me, picturesque.

There are flaws to every place, I feel, the flaws that I should highlight are the abundance of insects that inhabit this area, more particularly mosquitos. You will see creatures that not many people in Europe have the chance to, meet them face to face. However if you’re equipped with the right armour (spray, nets and of course guts) you’ll be fine.

If ever you’re passing through Montenegro, out of all the places, I highly recommend a short visit at first, see how you feel about the place, have one of Mishko’s famous fish stews ‘Ribla Corba’. I still haven’t met anyone that has done this without falling so deeply for the place that they’ve gone as far as bought houses here.

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What you can do:

  • Kite surfing: there are over 10 different kite surfing beaches on the right of the island. This ‘long beach’ is considered the best location in Europe for kite surfing, so expect a surf enthusiastic crowd along these beaches. These are a few from many:

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*DOlcinium

*Sandbox

*North Kiteboarding Club

  • Boating: if you don’t have your own boat, which most don’t, there are boat tours available, these go around the island and even to other islands into sea. A great experience for those that want to know more about their surroundings.
  • Nude resort: There is a famous nude beach on the island itself, in fact it’s a resort where auto-camping and horse riding are among activities available as well as more fantastic fish restaurants. The best restaurant on this side would have to be Cicko, with a magnificent view of the end of the river Buna and the beginning of a vast Adriatic sea , perfect time to visit would be at around six in the evening to catch the sun sink into the sand on the other side of the river.

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  • Fishing: as mentioned the river is great for fishing however fishing without a licence is not permittedIMG_4965

Eat and Drink in my Prishtina


AdsızThe capital city of Kosova, a small newly independent country, is around 570 km squared, with a population of approximately 400,000. This makes for a city full of love hate relationships, where you are never invisible.

To understand business in this city, one must understand the daily routines of its trendy young population. Once you’ve understood this you will evidently know that coffee and bear are on the daily to do list. Socialising is key in this town, it can be a lonely place if you have no friends, this is virtually impossible to occur with such friendly and curious people around.

I’ve been exploring this city for most of my life and am finally seeing major changes and growth occurring in Prishtina city, mentally and physically. If you ever find yourself in this city, here are some places that will amaze you, welcome you and make you laugh. Beware this review is for those that do not live in the city the rest of you are probably aware of these easily accessible places. As a tourist you will not need help finding these places.

Here’s a pallet guide to my city, the places that promise a positive vibe and just a plethora of quality drinks as well as mouth-watering unforgettable munches! I’m going to mix it up and talk about a food venue then a drink venue so in no particular order of preference, here they are:

  • Papirun (No Fork)

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Visit this cosy little food venue for THE best sandwiches you will ever eat! And that’s a promise. You might think ‘hmmm sandwich…boring’ ummm hell no! This place keeps it simple, which if you haven’t noticed by now I really appreciate. You will have a choice between a few sandwiches even salads (let’s stick to the sandwiches). The all-time favourite and highly recommended would be the ‘Crunch’. Order a Crunch and come back a changed human. The Crunch consists of succulent juicy chicken breast fillet deep fried and covered in crispy cornflakes… yes I just said cornflakes! Coating this immaculate chicken piece is the signature sauce that is home made, mayonnaise? Nope umm mayo and ketchup… I could spend all day trying to figure it out. All this hugged by fresh homemade flatbread soaking up some of that generously applied sauce. Yep that’s a sandwich I go back for every second day, all at the price of €2.40. Once you go Crunch, no other food will you ever Munch!

  • Dit e Nat (Day and Night)

IMG_5110This is a place that changed the youth of the city. I know you’re asking ‘how can a café bar change generations?’ I’ll tell you how, by introducing literature! Until this place socialising did not involve intellectual talks (between teenagers that is) about books or theories or even discussion of school projects. Dit e Nat is a small self-service coffee house book shop where you can visit to have coffee reading a great book, eat a vegetarian meal from their new menu, or even come to at night and try their local draft beers. The staff is always welcoming, and how often do you visit a place where the regulars play their music and the owner socialises with you. Let’s not forget the main house member, Lule the cat. She’s a huge hit at the place, comforting all those in need. By the way if you’re having a glass of wine, try their amazing cheese cake with a cherry on top, try it with the tea too, also the coffee… just eat the cheese cake. With their new renovation Day and Night have clicked into the trendy open space interior that is popular in Prishtina at the moment within the crowd of artists and hipsters.

  • Tokyo

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For someone that lives in London, getting used to the fact there is no Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, Jamaican food in anyone’s daily menu is crazy. I have however found a Japanese Sushi restaurant that could beat 80% of sushi restaurants in London. Tokyo is a tacky restaurant if we’re judging interior and atmosphere however sometimes over the top is needed, particularly in a city where Asian culture is being introduced. The service is interesting to say the least, the lady of the restaurant is bubbly, polite, and always ready for action. As entertaining as she is and cheesy the interior, the food is immaculate. I highly recommend the mixed sushi platter that comes with a salad and soup for two. This would be my preferred platter not because it tastes better than the rest unfortunately but because it’s more on your plate for a little less than the rest. The prices at Tokyo are considerably higher than most restaurants in Prishtina. However for those of you that live in Europe these prices are still cheaper than back home that’s for sure. So put on your Kimono and awkward shoes and have an exotic Asian meal in the middle of the Balkans.

  • Restaurant Gresa

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There’s something special about Gresa, they appreciate delicate pallets, so fear not if you’re not into experimenting with your food and you want your steak to be medium-well in the middle of your plate with just enough of everything, your pasta to be not al dente, not soggy but just right! Because that’s how you like your food and it’s not too much to ask to have ingredients together how you’re used to having them and presented in a normal way no fussing around! Then Gresa is perfect for you. They really haven’t gone wrong with anything on their menu yet. More specifically the sea food platter is great, there’s a mix of fish, squid, prawns and vegetables, good for two. The restaurant shows its true spirit in Spring when they take on an Asparagus menu supporting Kosovo’s Asparagus farmers, offering you Asparagus soup, starter, main and sides.

  • Soma

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The new comer has definitely made a statement on its arrival. This place is a bar, restaurant, café and also sells books, sound familiar? Its location is 30m from Dit e Nat. So what makes this place different to Day and Night? Soma is an industry, it’s the New York compared to Amsterdam. Both unique and appealing in their own ways however Soma is larger, flashier and louder to be in. There is not a moment where this place is empty, their cocktails are spectacular and the interior is to die for. The best part however is their garden, where you can sit with a bitter cocktail snacking on a mountain of chicken fingers under the twinkle of their lights.

  • Hemingway

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Hemingway is one of the few sea food restaurants and now has a new location in an enclosed complex Marigona, on the outskirts of Prishtina. The setting is peaceful with something for everyone. Around the restaurant you have a selection of fancy shops, hairdressers and children’s play areas, all catered to a perfect evening with the family. Hemingway is a family run business and meals here are always personal and customised to your taste. The chef is great at what he does, offering his own recipes. Hemingway pays close attention to taste and presentation, providing you with the fine dining you set out for. The prices are great for sea food in a landlocked country. The mixed sea food platter is my personal favourite; this is a meal that you will thoroughly enjoy in the moment but even more when it’s over. I have had daydreams of this meal and have always had a great time at the restaurant.

Stockholm


There is something about Sweden that satisfies my soul.

Maybe this will come as a shock to many, but Sweden is an appropriate getaway for the romantic couple wanting a ‘perfect life’, to start a family in a perfect country like Sweden.

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Apart from the obvious support given by the government to its people, Sweden has Stockholm. The city of romance where almost every street leads to a view of a river or some form of water. With beautiful architecture and wonderfully cute old cafes scattered around the old town, walking around Stockholm is definitely amusing.   Stockholm

Stockholm! A small city compared to my home town London, much to my satisfaction. This perfect little city captures the essence of Swedish mentality and perfection, by perfection I mean the symmetry, something I am obsessed with aesthetically, the realism in their classic sculptures, modern art carefully placed around the city, entertaining the eye in every corner.

As well as the streets of Stockholm, the people that live there seem to all agree on a dress code, personal manor and of course hair colour, before leaving their cute little apartments to majestically walk the streets. Something I also noticed and found slightly eerie.

I am in constant awe of the Swedish beauty, maybe this is according to taste and not everyone’s cup of tea, but hey these people are definitely my definition of good looking. You walk around Stockholm feeling certainly under dressed  slightly shabby but not as out of place as you would feel in say, Malmö, where there is less of a racial mix and diversity of tourists.

The people in Stockholm will be more adapted to the lost tourist therefore happier to assist you on anything you need assisting, from ‘where is the nearest corner shop?’ to ‘where can I get a good drink?’. The Swedes are surprisingly outgoing once you’ve warmed up their ice cold exterior with a little alcohol, they’re a great time!

I was particularly surprised with the laid back attitude at clubs and bars of the age mix, the absolute acceptance of this odd mix was visible to an outsider. Seeing an older lady in a skin tight, checked short dress, dancing like Madonna and no one but me gobsmacked by her, was definitely a reality check for me, coming from a more judging environment. I love it here!

HOWEVER! Stockholm is slightly expensive if you do not have a inside guide to the bargains and cheaper places to eat and drink. You will find yourself slightly lost and skint if you’re not careful! Come prepared with a packed itinerary so you can avoid wasting allot of money for things you can buy for a third of the price anywhere else.