I am writing this in a very Soviet-style hotel room in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro. Yes, I am deep into the Balkans now.
The last several days have been quite picturesque--Dubrovnik and Budva were spectacular. Belgrade and Sarajevo weren't bad either. Podgorica...interesting. Next stop Tirana, Albania. Then, Kosovo, Macedonia and finally Greece.
Why these places? The Balkans were the only part of Europe I had never explored--nor had my brother. Depsite the summer heat--over 100ºF today--I have found travel through this region fascinating and thus far, highly recommend if for no other reason than because it is different than any of the other 90+ counties I have visited.