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The Balkan Express - Feb 2007. Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina
For my last February break in Belgrade, I decided to hop in the car and head south. What starrted out as a simple visit to Lake Ohrid in Macedonia turned into an epic road trip though some of the most battle-scarred territory in Europe. Over the course of six days I visited six countries, most of which had been part of the former Yugoslavia and still bore the wounds of war in the 1990s.

Driving through these areas alone in a vehicle with Belgrade license plates can be a dicey matter, and over the days the phrase "fools rush in where angels fear to tread" kept resounding in my mind. But, as I managed to find places to stay that had gated parking and did most of my city exploring by foot, all turned out well. I was the only American I saw during the entire journey (I was most often mistaken for an Italian), and I was treated to the hospitality of people that have been missing out on their share of tourists for a long time.

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