Peace in the mountains.
Luckily, nowadays fireworks are the only things fired in Croatia; some of them in the days running up to New Year’s Eve. Because that is a stressful experience for Aimée, we spent several nights in the mountains further inland from Dubrovnik. Here it was quiet and our dog was able to recover.
From the south of Croatia you can get to Greece pretty quickly via Montenegro and Albania. However, the border from Albania to Greece was closed to tourists. That is why we decided to drive through Montenegro, Serbia and Bulgaria to enter Turkey. In Montenegro the weather was very bad and there was snow in the mountains. So we drove non-stop to the border crossing to Serbia, stayed overnight at a car park and then prepared to cross the border the next morning.
Material damage in Serbia.
Unfortunately, they were very picky at the border. Every compartment, every spice, every medicine: they looked at everything and even opened the covers for the subharnesses. The officials repeatedly asked us separately the same questions about drugs. That’s why they were taking all this trouble! We willingly showed and explained everything and so after a full two hours they gave up.
That left ten hours for the almost 350 kilometres to the Bulgarian border. We would have needed a negative Covid test for a longer period in transit. To the next motorway we had to cover a good distance on roads that were just wide enough for two trucks to pass each other. If a pothole then opens up in the lane, there’s a bang. Luckily, that only cost us an outside mirror. After so many kilometres without any accident damage, something like that had to happen sometime.