On my recent trip to the Peaks of the Balkans, I shared sleeping space in a shepherd’s hut in Doberdal — a grazing community in a grassy cirque nestled in the heart of the Balkan peaks. Native folk prepared excellent grub on a wood stove and smiled at us a lot without talking. Their English was every bit as fluent as our Albanian. The guys pictured above had to squeeze together later to make room for me. Not exactly the most comfortable night ever, but certainly a memorable one. Stay vertical, you all, and keep walkin’.” (Photo by Jay Dement, all rights reserved).