Its always hard to say goodbye...
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I was the only one who knew that this would be a goodbye that would last alot longer than i was telling people i would. Our trip back to the states was only to be for five weeks and then we were to return home to Albania. I say home because that is what it had become to me. The Klugeri family had become my family and Kreshnik, Jurgen and Genti had become like old best friends. Ferrit was the uncle i always wanted to have and the women were so fíng beautiful! But i knew, deep down inside it would be a long time before i would be making my way back there. I just had a gut feeling. I tried not to show it or dwell on it and the prospect of a short, but memorable trained trip through some of my most cherished cities in all of Europe helped me get passed what was sure to be a hard hitting depression.
The truth was i was out of money and there was no more coming back in. I felt a failure and i felt let down. I was not yet angry but i would be and i knew it. The longer i could put off dealing with all those emotions the better. So with great aching desire me, Chris my Albania travel partner and our teacher/black sheep uncle Ferrit waited in the chilling night for the bus that would ship us off to Skopje, Macedonia. It was around 10:30 and we had another thirty minutes to an hour left of waitng. We had already killed about thirty minutes at the abandonned gas station and store. We were getting cold, Ferit was smoking all my cigs and so was i. We desperately ached for some of the local Raki at that moment just to warm us up, give us a buzz, work us up a little. Ferit had shown up at our apt. half blitzed and ready to say his goodbyes. It was a heart wrenching ordeal and i soaked up as much as i could of my surrounding area tha had been home and hell to me for the last six months. I truly would miss it.
Thankgod Budapest, Prague and possibly some classic Ben Smith moments in London awaited us. I really needed the distraction at that point.