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Europe » Albania » West » Tirana July 5th 2013

www.theredquest.com url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Balkan-Odyssey-Travels-Yugoslavia-oh-ebook/dp/B00DQ6V324/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372689617&sr=1-2&keywords=the+balkan+odysseyThe Balkan Odyssey Getting to the Albania border was as straightforward as the man in the bus station had said it would be. Ulcinj turned out to be another deliciously pretty coastal town, but all Michael and I saw of it was a cafe in the bus station. With a goal of reaching Tirana before nightfall, we decided to get straight on with the journey. After a quick cup of coffee, we jumped in a taxi to take us the short distance to the border. Once stamped into the poorest nation of the Balkans, we considered our options. There were a few minivans waiting nearby, as well as three taxis. "How much to Tirana?" I asked the first taxi driver. "Two hundred euro,"... read more
Tirana
Tirana
The Balkan Odyssey

Europe » Albania » West » Tirana May 21st 2013

Gelato flavour of the day - Blueberry (quality has gone downhill in Albania,this one not true to colour or flavour) We had read there were train services between Durres and Tirana, 38km away and although they could be unreliable for being on time they would at least take us to a point in the city that we could get ourselves back to when it was time to head home after some sightseeing. The buses we had read were another thing and although there was likely to be one bus station in Durres, the departure points in Tirana changed often, or so said the guide books. This was because there was a long ongoing dispute for business between the buses which we think are ‘Johnny come lately’ compared to the furgons who were probably as close to ... read more
Main boulevard,Tirana
Central square,Tirana
Palace of Culture,Tirana

Europe » Albania » West » Tirana September 7th 2012

Resumo: Muitas despedidas num dia so; Coracao apertado; Muitos pensamentos/sentimentos; Estou bem. Acordei cedo para caminhar um pouco. Tirana eh uma cidade bem colorida, bem mais do que eu imaginava. Por causa do comunismo nesta regiao achei que a cidade fosse cinza. Assim, aproveitei para tirar algumas fotos. A nostalgia comecou a bater ai .. estava me despedindo de Tirana. Apos 2 semanas, ja estava me sentindo em casa. Conhecia a moca do caixa do supermercado, a sra da padaria, o moco do cafe, a faxineira do hostel .. e assim vai a lista imensa de pessoas que faziam parte da minha "rotina". Imprimi as ultimas fotos que seriam entregues as educadoras do orfanato. Este foi o dia tambem que 2 processos de adocao foram finalizados. Assim, houve festa de despedida para elas. Que festa de ... read more
Byebye Tirana
ByeBye Tirana
ByeBye Tirana

Europe » Albania » West » Tirana September 3rd 2012

Yes that is how our journey into Tirana began. We thought we were prepared leaving Ohrid, we got up early caught the bus to neighbouring town Struga where we would find the bus station that would take us to Tirana. We learnt the worlds for bus station to Tirana and had told our bus driver who found someone on the bus who said he would take us some of the as It was now apparently a bit of a walk out of town. Well the small walk ended up being a lot longer. The man who walked us to the bus station took us to what looked like a main road and said “bus station” whilst pointing down the road. We had been told a ten minute walk so we decided to follow his directions. After ... read more
Skanderbeg Square
Murat Toptani Street all lit up
Tirana Castle walls

Europe » Albania » West » Tirana August 29th 2012

Resumo: Conhecendo pessoas incriveis; Aprendendo a tocar Ukulele; Estou bem. Trabalhar no hostel estava totalmente fora dos meus planos. Porem, a minha viagem tomou este rumo apos nao conseguir encontrar acomodacao barata em Saranda, lugar que eu queria ter ficado por mais tempo. Como eu mencionei no ulitmo post, trabalho como recepcionista, garconete, faxineira e fotografa dos eventos daqui (15h as 21h30). Se parar para pensar o quanto estou "economizando" e o quanto "valia" a minha hora de trabalho .. eh insano o que estou fazendo! Principalmente pq sou voluntaria no orfanato das 9h30 as 12h30 e na maternidade das 13h30 as 14h20. No orfanato eu ajudo a cuidar das criancas (0-4anos) e na maternidade eu fico com os bebes 'abandonados' no colo ou brinco com uma bebezinha que tem sindrome de down. Mas meu ponto ... read more
my Ukulele teacher
Lele

Europe » Albania » West » Tirana August 26th 2012

Resumo: trabalhando tambem no hostel; descobrindo o que sou capaz .. hehe; Estou bem. "Long Story Short": Uma vez me disseram que todos somos capazes de fazer "1 milhao de coisas". Isso veio quando me perguntaram por que eu trabalhava em banco. E eu disse "Porque eh a unica coisa que eu sei fazer" (2006 - Guatemala). Nunca me esqueci disso. Me questionava todo o momento o que mais eu posso fazer?? Conclusao era que eu nao sabia, mas eu teria que descobrir. Passaram 6 anos e nada mudou muito na minha vida. Continuei bancaria .. ate o momento que decidi tirar este periodo sabatico. Hoje, apos 2 meses de viagem, fiz diversas coisas que eu nunca havia feito: alem de cuidar das criancas no orfanato, fui professora no Haiti e aqui na Albania trabalhando no ... read more
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Macedonian Band - The John

Europe » Albania » West » Tirana July 6th 2012

Dax warned us. Efore going into Albania what crazy things we would see.... Well, here's what I saw! Creepy dolls hanging from half finished buildings to keep away evil spirits. Some were hand made, but a few were stuffed animals that seemed to be hanging because of some nefarious crime. I even saw a donkey kong doll lol So many donkeys! Donkeys walking alone, donkeys walking alone with stuff on their backs, donkeys tied up, donkeys in road, donkeys being ridden,... Donkeys!! Woman walking with a scythe with a 2.5 foot long blade! Goat crossings and little boys driving them Cars on the second floor of unfinished buildings with no explicable way for them to have gotten ho there Slaughtered goat on the side of the highway Cow tied up outside of a butcher shop Uncountable ... read more
creepy doll
HOxha's place
Slate roof town

Europe » Albania » West » Tirana June 12th 2012

Week 2 My second week here in Albania has been nothing short of emotionally exhausting. On my way to work today I was caught off guard by a man who had some form of mental disability, most likely Down Syndrome, sitting and begging on the street. This is the third mentally disabled person that I have seen who is homeless and ignored by the rest of society. Not only am I learning about women's rights here during my stay, but my eyes have been opened to the problems involving minority rights such as those of the disabled. Today, I visited the first government sponsored domestic violence center in Kamza. We stood and waited outside a large metal gate that blocked the entire center from public view, and when we were finally let in I was ... read more

Europe » Albania » West » Tirana June 9th 2012

Geo: 41.3317, 19.8172 GÜN 03 GÜNLERDEN CUMARTESİ:Sabah erkenden yola çıktım.. Hemen 10 dakika sonra hududa vardım. Bakmadılar. Devam ederek yoluma girdim.Qukes'i geçip Elbasan' a vardım . Sanayi kenti Yoldaki araba yıkama meraklılarının adedi beni şaşırtıyor . Bizim Fethiye yolu üstündeki gibi, tepeden suyu sallayan "Araba yıkarım" diye yolun kenarına dizilmiş. Elbasan 'ı geçtikten sonra tırmanmaya başladım ve yol giderek zorlamaya başladı. ... read more
tabak kopru
meydanda
kubbe

Europe » Albania » West » Tirana March 12th 2012

I have been home since August. I should have written this blog some time ago, but I never felt I could do it or I should say, do it right. Fifty months on the road were coming to an end. I knew I had only two months to go and I couldn't see myself spending three hours on a computer. I really wanted to do everything I dreamed of doing before I left. You know, before you leave for the first time, you are making a list of all you want to do and obviously most of it remain undone by the end of your trip. I was at one of those dead ends. For the first time in four years I was feeling the time passing by. I read that time was the last enemy. ... read more
serande
weird
bunker




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