Tales of Wanderlust

American Expats In The Balkans

Belgium, Budget travel, Europe, Luxembourg, Travel

Anniversary trip to Europe for (less than) $1800

My husband and I had never left our kids and gone on a trip together in our 7 years of marriage, so last year for our anniversary, we decided it was about time to take a trip together without the kids. We absolutely love traveling with our kids and I did have pangs of guilt leaving them, but it was so good for us. Like SO good for us. We had already spent a fair amount on our family trip to Europe in the spring, so we decided to make this a ...
Albania, Europe, Expat life, Family Travel, Personal, The Balkans, Travel

Random musings on life in Albania- Month 3

It’s been a little over three months since we packed our lives into four shiny, oversized suitcases, and flew across the world from Utah to start a new chapter of our lives in Albania. A place we’d never been. A place completely foreign. It seems so long ago now that we arrived at the Tirana Airport after a miserable journey of flight delays, night buses, airline drama, and sleep deprivation, to see the smiling faces of my ...
Budget travel, Europe, Family Travel, Scotland, Travel

Applecross, Scotland- A Photo Diary

I think of our visit to Applecross, Scotland as a bit of a happy mistake. Let me explain. When I went to book a hotel for our time on The Isle of Skye, everything was booked. It was the end of June, so I should have known, but, I didn’t…I started to worry that maybe we just couldn’t go. But that just wasn’t an option. We HAD to go. Our hearts were set on it. Finally I found a place in Applecross, which was about 50 ...
Albania, Europe, Expat life, The Balkans

10 Things No One Tells You About Expat Life

1. You will find that home becomes a fuzzy concept rather than a place. Pieces of your heart are left in worlds along the way. You find places that resonate so strongly that they become part of you, yet home is no longer a place. 2. You will be standing in a store and a song from your home country will come on. (If you’re from the U.S. the chances of this happening are pretty high). The pang of homesicknesses will hit you so hard it will ...
Albania, Europe, Expat life, Family Travel, Utah

6 Silly Things I Miss About The U.S.

Let me say first, that we love it here, and I’ll do a follow up post on the things here that I prefer, but for today, indulge me in my silly reverie. 1. Yoga freaking pants Yoga pants are the unsung hero in American women’s lives. Actually working out? They are there for you. Pregnant? They got you. Just had a baby? They hold you gently like a hug and don’t squeeze too tightly. Running kids to school? They’ll make ...
Albania, Budget travel, Europe, Expat life, The Balkans

A weekend in Vlore, Albania with kids

Day 1 Last weekend, we took off on our first little road trip in Albania. We’ve been here a month now. I can’t believe it. We bought, licensed, and insured our car on Tuesday, so by Friday at 4:00, we were off! We decided to visit Vlore on the Albanian Riviera which is a couple of hours away. We drove from Tirana and stopped in the smallish city of Fier for dinner. It’s worth a stop. Its beautiful! We had pizza at a local ...
Albania, Food, The Balkans

Fergese- A Traditional Albanian Dish

I don’t pretend to be anything other than a total novice when it comes to Albanian food. I consume it. It’s lovely. The end. Last weekend, though, I decided to attempt to make some Fergese. Mainly because I just couldn’t seem to get it off my mind. Since I was far too lazy to get dressed and go out, I turned to Pinterest and Google, to help me piece together the basic ingredients to make it. It was surprisingly, quite ...