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Hajji Plans pt. 2 - A Balkan Bonanza

July 13th to September 1st Drive Dance Drink Eat

July 13th to August 1st – After Exit festival, our plans aren’t not entirely parched in wine yet, and we expect to slip and slide around any plans which we try to entangle ourselves in. Given the pizz and pazz of our bunch, we hope to line up a number of ex-Yugo homestead invitations. We do know where a couple of pieces of treasure are hiding however. Shortly after Exit Festival the plan is to head south to the newly founded (debated) country of Kosovo, and settle in Prishtina for a couple of days. A close friend of mine from my Swedish days is a girl named Safete, who lucky for us will be summering with her family there. Wine and song wine and song.

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Me and Safete and Svea Picking Blueberries Oh So Many Years Ago in Sweden

Around June 17th we will have to break up with Paul Walker in a drunken rage, as he must fly back to the real world in Canada. We hope to fill his place with a chicken or a young child. After Kosovo we will continue south into Macedonia and further onto Greece where we will finally use our steering wheel and turn left to head east. No word on the quality of roads around these parts, but we thrive on slandergurus spouting skeptic speculation and have no doubts about our safety. We hope to do things as ridiculous as this...

There will be many stops along the way, and our next date is at the end of the month in the hustle and bustle of Istanbul. Here we must sadly say goodbye to Tannis and Adam as they shimmy back to a life of hygiene and certainty. Lucky for us, on his way home from a brief stint in Beirut, a true madman and our first non-Canadian co-habitant will join on to try to ease our lonliness August 2nd, Morgan from Scotland.

Morgan Blowing Fire In His Kitchen In Delhi

After Istanbul (August 2nd) the plan is to coast up the coast of Bulgaria, and with a stop in Burgas where a Dutch/Bulgarian friend named Maria has a summer-home on the beach. Yes. We have just over a week to make our way through Bulgaria and up through Romania (Transylvania!) before our biggest and wildest festival of the summer: Sziget. Speaking with people who have been to this festival is really the only way to encompass the mania it entails, and its described as Europes version of Burning Man. Wild. This is from the website…”Amongst countless other venues and programmes there will be a jazz and blues pub, an Afro-Latin stage, Balkan stage, folk-dance venues, classical music concerts, literary nights, comedy and stand-up, circus and jugglers, art exhibitions, film screenings, theatre and dance performances, an adventure park, and a nightly performance from the world-famous and breathtaking Catalan street circus La Fura Dels Baus. Every night multiple dance parties will ferry tireless partygoers’ right through the night and into the next day.” Which is on top of an annual lineup of around 1000 artists. Wowowowowowowow. Here is the website: http://www.sziget.hu/festival_english/programs

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Crowd at Sziget

August 17th and onwards – After Sziget the plan is to head up to Vienna which we callously brushed through at the start of this journey. Following Vienna we will head to Slovenia and then start heading down the coast through Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and the Hajji will eventually ferry across to Italy. Somewhere around here I need to head-off to Australia, and Cous and Ren can spin this yarn further. I can't wait to do this!

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Me, Ren and Cous - The Lifegivers Of This Voyage

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Waiting for the excitement to start.....

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