Monday, 15 October 2012

Albania / Montenegro border crossing and onwards to Skadar Lake National Park (15 Oct 2012)

In the morning, we spent some time arranging our documents for the border crossing to Montenegro. We had a small amount of Albanian Lek leftover and spent it on veg, cola, Albanian cakes and pastries.

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We decided to take the Hani I Hotit / Bozaj border. We drove alongside Lake Skutari (known as Skadar Lake on the Montenegrin side) to get to the border, located along the lake edge.

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Driving on newly paved roads towards the Albania / Montenegro border.

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Driving on newly paved roads towards the Albania / Montenegro border.

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We are close to the border which is alongside Lake Scutari.

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Here we are at the Albania border. This last stretch of road is still under construction.

At 10.40am we reached the border. The Albanian border police checked and stamped our passports, keyed in details of Our Sorento into the system and 10 minutes later we are out of Albania and heading to Montenegro.

Just at we approached the Montenegrin border there are shops on the road side selling insurance. We bought the minimum 15 days insurance for 15 Euro and headed for the border police checkpoint. After 10 minutes we are cleared to go on.

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View of Skadar Lake on the Montenegrin side.

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A few km after going through the Montenegrin border check point.

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Skadar Lake and the surrounding hills

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It has been raining and this rock, blocking one half of the road, is causing a short traffic congestion.

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Mud on the road from the recent rains.

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Tuzi town. We made a brief stop at this small town to buy some water and lunch before driving on.

We skipped Podgorica city centre since there was nothing much we would like to visit there. At one of the roundabouts, we noticed that, like Malaysia, traffic in the roundabout has priority here. This made driving a little easier.

It was still raining off and on when we arrived at Skadar Lake National Park.

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Skadar Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the Balkans. Despite the rain, there were a couple of small boats out fishing.

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Map of Skadar Lake and its many inhabitant. A third of the lake is in Albania (called Lake Scutari) and the rest is in Montenegro.

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Skadar Lake National Park office.

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A train going across Skadar Lake.

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Another train going across the Skadar Lake.

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