Doing a good deed
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I start the morning early walking up a hill just behind Gorica where I stayed the night. If I thought the city of Berat were a secluded from tourist this place is absolutely deserted. There is sort of a trail - or maybe there is no trail at all - I am not sure if I am actually following a trail or just walking up the hill at a random place.
On the hill
it is clear spring is coming to Albania now - on the back side of the hill are
some orchards with some trees in bloom. I got no clue what it is - but I guess
it is some sort of fruit - what else could it be? The last trees meant I got a
bit of the trail - that is if I actually was on the trail in the first place.
is pretty steep and when I walk down the hill I meet a little fellow hiker - a
tiny tortoise - unfortunately it has had some problems on the hill and is just
laying on the hill with its feet pointing up in the air.
I get back
to get some breakfast and try to figure out how I can continue on my trip from
here. It turns out a lot easier to get breakfast - it’s included - than getting
on with my trip. I am not completely sure about the route but I got two
different options for it. I just need a bus to get me in the right direction.
But unfortunately buses in Albania leave really really really early in the
morning. It turns out there will be no direct bus to any of the places I want
to go. I will need to take a bus to somewhere else and get a connection from
there - from this city there may or may not be a connection to the next place.
I decide to stay and look a bit more around the city. I walk a bit around the Mangalem district going into the narrow streets and walk up to a small church just in the outskirts of the area. Up there is a bit a noise coming from the scrubs next the path - it is from four tortoises spread around the hill. So maybe the tortoise I saved earlier were not really a member of an endangered species but instead quite common. How should I know I thought the number of tortoises in Albania would be the same as at home which would make a tortoise a highly endangered species given I never seen one at home.
Time to get supplies and do nothing the rest of the day.