My wife read last night’s blog and complained that I wrote about politics again, I guess she wants me to write about nothing but our vacation. And I guess she’s right. People for the most part ignore my blogs, and even my comments and posts, on politics, usually. And a vacation is an interesting thing, especially now that we’re in a country I’ve never been to before, and which a lot of people, over 90% of those in the world, I’m sure, have never been to at all.
As with every vacation to parts unknown, there’s going to be some good and some bad. On the good hand, our apartment is quite nice. Oh, we had to go out to the shop to get our own toilet paper, and a shower curtain but that will be going home with us. We have two balconies, and we can sit out there and eat dinner.
Also to the good, people here are very friendly and welcoming. And the food’s great. Huge portions. Somewhere between Greek and Turkish. I had moussaka for lunch this afternoon, and Izzie had a meat skewer yesterday. It isn’t quite as cheap as I expected, but for a resort town, the prices aren’t bad at all.
On the bad side, almost all of the beaches are private beaches. The places marked ‘public beach look very much like a ‘free speech zone at an American major party political convention. They don’t really want you there at all, if you’re not paying 1,000 lek a day (about $10) for a deck chair, so you’re allowed an area just a few meters square where it’s possible to lay out a towel. On the good side, once you’re in the water that doesn’t matter, and the water is lovely and just the right temperature.
There is a spot, close to our flat, where the land meets the water, but it’s not really a beach. Some boats are tied up there, but there’s algae in the water, and garbage everywhere. Like piles of it in some places, and even human feces. In fact, there are a lot of places in town that look like that, and a lot of unfinished construction projects.
So, despite the fact that the scenery, long view, is absolutely spectacular, with mountains behind us and the island strewn Adriatic in front of us, I wouldn’t recommend Ksamil.
Which is a shame. A couple of small changes and it could be a downright spectacular place.