Friday, May 3, 2013


The landscape is still mountainous as we journey north and although there is still a dusting of snow on the mountain tops, the weather has become increasingly warmer. We have finally found summer in Albania. We spent a night on the coast enjoying the clear waters of the Adriatic once again before heading back into the mountains. So far, this country that was isolated from the rest of the world until 1991, has provided us with beautiful scenery and welcoming smiles.
Welcome to Albania!


plentiful poppies in fields of wheat

The same day...REALLY!?!

The mountains and our family of animals and friends made Papingo a hard place to leave. A final ride and trip down to the river make for lasting moments to remember this lovely place. We look forward to a return trip one day. Until then, we leave with fond memories and would highly recommend a visit.

A memento of our time with the goats,
hopefully one of our own will wear it one day!
...and that afternoon after we had departed, the first foal arrived. After waiting for weeks, checking bellies and feeling kicks, one of the three expected foals were born! Thanks to Daphne and Thaana's photos, it almost felt like we were there. Welcome little Mirage, glad you finally made it. :)
(Warning: graphic horse birth photos to follow)

Mirage and Sisi