Trip journal from Jill
Back to Athens
13 hours, 31 minutes, 20 tolls, 690 miles — [Belgrade back to Athens]
Oh, and three countries! We met down for breakfast and then hit the road. Weather is so unpredictable this time of year. We started the day going the wrong way on the road in front of the hotel. This happened even with using Google Maps. Basically we get lost at least once a day and figured if this is the only time we get lost, then yay for us!
It is mostly a straight shot south from Belgrade through Macedonia to Athens. All in all, it took us 13 hours and 31 minutes; we went through 20 tolls and covered 690 miles (1,111km). Our day started out with snow and ended in rain.
Our phones mostly don’t work, and the van’s radio only works part of the time, and with no way to play music or podcasts we spend lots of our time talking and just looking out the window at the passing beautiful scenery, processing what we have seen and talking about ways to better the lives of the refugees. Amanda has been a fantastic partner these past two weeks — so easy to be around, a hard worker, and so very thoughtful and considerate.
Serbia will hold a special place in our hearts as the needs are so great and there are so many people stuck there with little or no outside support. Such a contrast with what we have seen unfold in Greece these past few months.
The scenery was beautiful. We could see the snow line in the mountains. And up until we reached Athens, we were either in snow or there was snow on the side of the road.