Curtis in the World: Budva, Montenegro

“I’m not going to pay 20 euros to get dressed up in some costume,” Andjelka said as she smiled at me with her arms crossed. I had spent the last 20 minutes convincing her it would be fun to dress up in traditional Montenegrin clothing, but every time I pressed her she seemed more and more reluctant. After getting on my hands and knees and begging Andjelka to just do it, she finally relented with a gasp and though she tried to hide it, I could see the excitement bubbling up within. I could understand why Andjelka did not want to do it initially; we had just climbed approximately 461 stone steps to reach the top of the Mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic-Njegos on Mount Lovcen, and she was exhausted.

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43 minutes later, Andjelka and I were in full Montenegrin traditional costume and attempting to avoid the bewildered stares of onlookers. Our Montenegrin guide took out his camera and started directing Andjelka and I into making traditional poses so that he could take pictures.

It was mid-afternoon when we started our long descent from Mount Lovćen. We gradually made our way down the mountainside and through the pristine and satisfying Montenegrin countryside. I was able to observe the traditional way of life of the people. Buying fresh fruit from the side of the road and breathing the fresh mountain and salt water air — it was fantastically overwhelming. Every street corner we turned down, grapes would hang from above and I could easily reach up and grab a couple as we made our way to the beach.

On the white, sandy beach, we were greeted by a large group of Montenegrins, who welcomed us with open arms. We sat, drank, laughed very loudly, and enjoyed local food all the while observing the flawless blue water crashing against the rocks and shore line.

If you have a chance to visit Budva Montenegro, you will absolutely love it. It has a perfect combination of atmosphere, incredible outside dining experiences, astronomically diverse scenery, and the people are just wonderful.

Curtis Albers is a former abused foster care child survivor turned Army Ranger. He enjoys traveling, learning about other cultures, astronomy and generally enjoys interacting with other human beings who are just as optimistic, interesting, creative and passionate as him. 

Images provided by Mr. Albers.

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2 years ago

Thank you for sharing. I could easily find myself enjoying that view.

2 years ago

Thanks for these pictures, and you both look very historically momentous in your pose! Someday, after we retire, I need to take my wife somewhere like this.

2 years ago

that feature photo is solid gold!
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