Cold water, sunny skies, quiet beaches✌
Some photos from around Vlore. It’s been sunny and warm (16 C) and beautiful. I’m really beginning to love Albania.
View from our room. 😍 There are a lot of negatives here in Vlore… trash, construction, bad roads, poor planning, but it is still so beautiful and if this place ever reaches its full potential, Greece, Croatia, and Italy better watch out! 😉
Feels so good to be back by the sea! We tried “Albanian McDonalds” today too… it was nothing like the real thing. 😉
Berat, the city of 1000 windows and giant turkeys.
Aside from our bus breaking down for nearly an hour and passing dozens of concrete bunkers, today we discovered that Albanians have a thing for stuffed animals. Some believe that hanging a stuffed animal in front of your house wards off evil spirits. We saw them hanging from fences and construction sites too. Garlic is also used to prevent evil spirits and misfortune (and vampires maybe?) 😜
This article explains it all- http://dawn.com/news/816070/teddy-bears-ward-off-evil-eye-in-albania
Happy Thanksgiving from Tirana! It’s a holiday here too, today is Albania’s independence day.
We’re in Tirana, Albania! We’ve rented a great apartment too and our neighborhood is so cute. Once it stops raining I can’t wait to go see the city. It’s so colorful! But, there are a few things that could be better…
1. We are soooo sick of our clothes. We’ve been wearing the same 3 shirts over and over for months and everything is stretched out, stained and stinky, no matter how many times we wash it.
2. We haven’t had a sunny day in weeks. Just dark clouds, rain, even a bit of snow. We haven’t seen a full blue sky since Ohrid, nearly 3 weeks ago. I know it’s almost winter, but it’s getting old.
3. The hard water and shitty water pressure has destroyed our hair and is making us break out.
4. Despite all of these things, we’re still having a blast. Albania has a crazy and horrible past full of fear, secret police, isolation, and chaos (not until the early 90s could citizens even leave the country) and it has a feel all its own. We’re excited to be here.