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October 24th 2007
Published: April 12th 2010
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The Welcome signThe Welcome signThe Welcome sign

I had arrived

Albania



I cycled through Albania in about 4 days and 3nights and thought travelling through this country was like going back in time, with shitty roads, road-side abattoirs and unfenced oil-drilling rigs.
The roads were really shit, the people were great, really friendly and hospitable yet very financially poor, the term salt of the earth rings home. I battled the roads and cycled through oil fields and saw cows hanging from trees, I was given a ride when my bike broke and shared beers with restaurant owners and evangelical christians, and the latter was so generous he even chased after me to give me a bag of food.
The tourist spots I liked were Gjirokastra, a small hillside town in the south and the burial site of Skanderbeg with plaques to show off his victorious battles.



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The Paranoid DictatorThe Paranoid Dictator
The Paranoid Dictator

There were many of these concrete defense posts
The Paranoid DictatorThe Paranoid Dictator
The Paranoid Dictator

Cycling through the valley on way to Gjirokastra
GjirokastraGjirokastra
Gjirokastra

A Unesco world heritage site
First campsite in AlbaniaFirst campsite in Albania
First campsite in Albania

Next to the river 5 miles from Gjirokastra
Shitty RoadsShitty Roads
Shitty Roads

The average road for the first 2 days
Pretty CountrysidePretty Countryside
Pretty Countryside

The view just before the town of Tepelene
Shitty RoadsShitty Roads
Shitty Roads

A really annoying one
So SurrealSo Surreal
So Surreal

An abattoir on the roadside I cycled passed
So SurrealSo Surreal
So Surreal

He used a bike pump to seperate the skin from the body
The Oil LakeThe Oil Lake
The Oil Lake

Close to Patos
The Oil LakeThe Oil Lake
The Oil Lake

Black and smelly
An Oil RigAn Oil Rig
An Oil Rig

Close to Patos
Such Friendly PeopleSuch Friendly People
Such Friendly People

These Guys ran out of their restaurant and invited me to a beer
A Petrol StationA Petrol Station
A Petrol Station

A great idea - it had a bar in it
I Got A RideI Got A Ride
I Got A Ride

I needed a new inner tube and got a ride to the capital in a truck
TiraneTirane
Tirane

The main plaza
TiraneTirane
Tirane

The mosque on the main plaza
Albanian FlakesAlbanian Flakes
Albanian Flakes

Whilst leaving Tirane
The Evangelical ChristianThe Evangelical Christian
The Evangelical Christian

Such a generous man with a bag of food for me
Skanderbeg's TombSkanderbeg's Tomb
Skanderbeg's Tomb

Plaques for his victorious battles


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