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Ambience in Vlore, Albania

Growing up in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, meant enduring 6 month long winters, metres upon metres of snow, and some of the coldest temperatures on earth.

But nothing. I mean NOTHING has prepared me for the iciness I’ve experienced in Korea.

And this week, winter gripped Seoul with a ferociousness I’d forgotten was possible. It’s like global warming took a temporary vacation, because I haven’t felt a chill like this for quite a number of years. Fierce winds from Siberia coupled with frightening below zero temps infected me with a lethargy that made leaving the house almost inconceivable.

It made me yearn for summertime and the warm ambience of this seaside cafe/restaurant in Vlore, Albania. With an enviable position overlooking the point at which the Adriatic Sea becomes the Ionian, it’s a perfect spot to fortify yourself with a strong caffe, while watching a sparkling sunset.




Do you have a favourite spot to watch the sunset? Let us in on where it is in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.

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  1. D’you find when it’s that cold it’s hard to remember what being warm feels like? It happens to me every winter, especially last winter when we were in northern China. Brrr. Luckily we’ve skipped winter this year by moving to New Zealand!

    January 16, 2017
    • The first time I experienced cold like this was in Beijing!! It’s crazy how the cold just seeps into your bones around these parts, despite the fact that temps are actually not that bad. Honestly -25 in Calgary was more bearable than -5 here. Haha, good plan to skip winter by moving to New Zealand! We usually take a trip somewhere to avoid as much of winter here as possible. Headed to Dubai tomorrow, ahhh, warm temps. 🙂

      January 18, 2017
  2. So sorry to hear the cold is quite unbearable and annoying in South Korea this year. It sounds very frigid and that you have to bundle up well like Michelin-men when going out of the house 😀 As someone who likes summer, I sympathise with you. Hope you still managed to get up and did what you had to do.

    Your photos of Albania look like paradise. Beach, sun, warm weather, lounging around and no need to worry about keeping warm, but time to just watch the world go by. I like watching the sunset by the water here in the city of Melbourne – we have a river running beside the city and the buildings and the water both make good sunset backdrops 🙂

    January 16, 2017
    • It’s intense this year. I don’t know what it is about East Asia, but the cold I have experienced here is simply unbearable! Way worse than anything in Canada somehow. Or maybe I’m just getting old and less tolerant. Haha. Albania is pretty darn relaxing. Gorgeous sea, good food, and affordable. A great summer destination for sure.

      Your sunset spot sounds wonderful. The Han River is just about a block from my house here in Seoul, and it’s also makes a great backdrop for sunsets, along with the many bridges that cross the river.

      January 18, 2017
  3. I need a dose of that sun and warmth as well. I’m not as cold as you are right now, but the gray skies and damp chill are lethargy-producing here too. While I’d rather watch a sunset from a warm outdoor spot, I have to say my floor-to-ceiling western-facing window here in DC offers a pretty good show!

    January 17, 2017
    • Ohhhh gray skies are so depressing. Here, it’s either pollution or humidity – you never know which, and it just drains you of what little energy you have. Hibernation is looking seriously tempting. At least until April when the flowers start to pop around here. Heh heh. You sound happy there in DC…and of course, floor-to ceiling windows certainly help!! 😀

      January 18, 2017
  4. How gorgeous! I’ll watch the sunset anywhere, it is beautiful no matter where you are:)

    January 17, 2017
    • That’s true! Though I have to say, the Maldives and Bali have the best I’ve seen in the world. 🙂

      January 18, 2017
  5. How did I miss this post? I guess, I was in a similar brooding phase, writing posts on how difficult winter is or escaping to Jeju (virtually). 🙂 The Siberian winter phase was quite something, huh?

    February 13, 2017
    • Missing you Cheryl but glad to be outta Gotham city for the last little while, though the reason isn’t the best. 😢 by the time we both get back to seoul, spring flowers should be blooming!

      March 1, 2017
  6. Wonderfull 😍😍👌

    March 9, 2017

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