Part 18: Tirana (Days 47, 48, 49) October 10th 2008 It's fair to say that Albania suffers from an image problem. Communist for so long and isolated because of its refusal to become part of Yugoslavia in 1948, plus the breaking up of relations with Russia and China, it suffered more than anyone when the old regime collapsed in 1991. The country's economy collapsed, the capital Tirana was swamped with migrants now free to travel there, and infrastruc ... read more
Europe » Albania » West » Tirana Between 1990 and 1992 Albania ended 46 years of xenophobic Communist rule and established a multiparty democracy. The transition has proven difficult as successive governments have tried to deal with high unemployment, widespread corruption, a dilapi... ... read more
I'm a 26-year-old journalist from Essex, England on a three-month trip around Eastern Europe with my best mate Si. It's our first time travelling due to our insistence on spending our pay packets on booze and football instead of saving for a trip which has been planned for some four years.
Whilst buzzing between some 19 countries (purely by train and bus, no planes allowed) we are attempting to visit as many football grounds and matches as possible. As supporters of English League One (3rd Division) outfit Southend, we're hoping we might see someone of a lower standard, but we don't hold o... full info