Sad day for this old world snake. Javelin Sand Boa, giving his last breath somewhere between Ksamil and the Dry Tree, the closest point between Albania and Corfu. It must have been hit by a car minutes before I found it. Took it on the side of the road but when I checked a couple of days later, it was already decomposing. 😦
Funfact: Seagulls in Albanian are called White Chickens.
Just like the movie, the old house is getting suffocated from the high buildings, albeit not skyscrapers, nor shopping malls.
Phoenice was an ancient city, capital of the Chaonians. It is located on your right hand when you travel from Gjirokaster to Saranda, or on your left when you travel from Vlore to Saranda via the sea side.
I was always fascinated with the look of this hill. You’ve got mountains on both sides and in the middle there lies this hill like the back of a fish. You can’t see anything from the main road but there are plenty of signs showing the way to the archaeological park. (more…)
There was a time not many years ago (it continues even today but not in such scale) where everyone could build without permission. The bigger the building, the lesser the possibility of getting caught. However, from time to time, even the building inspectorate has to prove why it exists. Hence the half demolished building left scorching under the sun. The funny thing is that the inspectorate does this always before summer season. Like trying to show to as many people as possible what they are supposed to do. You might think it’s logical from their point of view but, what if I told you that this building (and quite a lot others) has been laying just like this since 10 years ago?
10 years ago it looked like a war zone, like we were under a blitzkrieg or smth. Slowly people started cleaning the land but as you can see, it may take many years to do so…