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Tirana by night

 

Not much going on tonight. What you see on these photos is the fountain of Taiwan, a recreational center in the heart of Tirana, within Youth Park or Parku Rinia. The park itself, once home to hundreds of trees, became home of more than a couple dozen of tin shanties during the mid ’90s. Thanks to then mayor’s persistence (now PM), the park was freed from all the craziness of this lawlessness and the remaining trees started breathing air again. Unfortunately the park is nowhere near its former glory but let’s say it is on the right track.

Now, a funny story about the middle building on the background. First, it is against the law. It sits next to the Swiss Embassy and the Albanian law prohibits buildings of more than 4 floors when they share the same fence with a foreign embassy. Second, it is against the building guidelines since it does not posses an underground parking. It doesn’t have parking at all. Third, its owners were in such a hurry finishing its construction that they forgot about the elevator shaft. Can you fucking believe that? I used to work at the low building next to it and we had to listen to their jackhammers all day for a whole week while they were opening a new elevator shaft from the top floor to the ground floor. To be fair though, the owners weren’t the brightest tools in the shed, if you catch my drift. Violent and scary people, like straight out of a cave. I almost forgot, it’s also too close to the building on its right and that is against the law. So, in all its greatness, this is how we used to fuck the law from all holes here in Albania until recently. If it happened 70 meters far from PM’s office, imagine what has happened in other cities. Now it’s getting better but the pace is toooooooo slooooooow but let’s discuss it in another thread.

I’m sorry my post got dark pretty soon but as you see on the photos, the sun is setting. If you ever visit Tirana, stop by Taiwan for a coffee and if it’s summer evening, the water flow on the fountain follows the rhythm of operas playing on the background. A truly relaxing experience.


Hello Hamburg

A majestic city, although I managed to visit only the center. I guess I should thank the Berlin Airports Ground Operations Syndicate for their strikes during the 2017 ITB in Berlin. As there were no flights from Berlin, I had to take a train to Hamburg and fly from its airport. I really liked those couple of hours I spent there and hopefully I’ll visit it again as I have family in Kiel, one hour north.

 


A weekend trip to Berlin

I know most of the photos are cliché but it was my first time in Berlin and I had a blast. Me and two colleagues were actually there for the ITB Tourism Fair but we managed to finish our appointments in time and had like two full days & nights to wander around and detox our systems with pure beer. I wish we had some electronic music therapy too but we ran out of money too soon, thanks to the strike at both Berlin airports and expensive last minute tickets. I will definitely visit again this fantastic place.


Good morning from Durres

At approximately 8 o clock, a peaceful morning, a cold breeze and a warm sunshine caressing our faces. I wish I had my running shoes but still, I was late for work. It will be for another time I guess.

So, what you see here is the Durres beach, as seen from Apollonia beach, a small section of the long seashore. The structure on the sea surface used to be  a restaurant but nowadays only the platform remain, the restaurant is long gone. The hills on the background are part of Rock of Kavaja, a small rocky hill by the highway.

As you can see, the beach is perfect foo jogging and the sea is ideal for families with kids since the water is shallow. If you’re thinking of visiting Durres, check my rental apartment here. If you’re from the future and wish to pay in bitcoins, let me know, I’ll be happy to welcome you.


Snowing in Tirana

It snowed in Tirana, a rare sight although Dajti mountain next to us is yearly dressed in white. It started snowing the night before and it melted in the afternoon. For as long as it lasted, everyone got a blast.


Old Churches in Voskopoje, Korce, Albania

I wish I could write the names of each church in particular but my memory is not that good. The best thing is that those churches are well preserved except one that was in ruins. The icons are scratched or overwritten with names and dates by soldiers or youngsters during communism while their faces are erased or heavily scratched from Muslims because their religion says that no one should  worship icons and statues except the one true god. Whatever me and you may believe in, your heart aches when you see such historical treasures abused and destroyed. At least people are becoming conscientious that such practices are not welcomed in the 21st century.

Albeit some of the churches were closed, you can find open ones and you can enter and have a look around. Photos are prohibited but you can take some, as long as you don’t try to look like the trigger happy photographer.

If there is enough interest, I can arrange a tour of Voskopoje starting from Tirana and back. 🙂


Around Korce, Albania

Taking the GoPro for a ride. This was a short walk mostly around RED Tower in Korce and the Old Bazaar. I love this city, I guess I could move there for a couple of years if I had a remote job or smth similar. Plenty of nature around, clean air, nice people…


A weekend in Pogradec and Korce

A weekend out of Tirana, visiting Lake Ohrid, Pogradec city, Korce city and then Voskopoja alpine village. Highly recommended if you ever visit Albania. If you need directions, shoot me a message.


Rainy Sunshine

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Lighting conditions you don’t get to see everyday. Also, new buildings have popped up since the last time I posted the view from my balcony.


Tirana dressed up for holidays

The decorations this year feel different, you can really see they’ve put more effort than the previous guys. This year the Parks & Recreation Department is being heard, if they really existed until last year.

Happy Holidays.