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My collection of pictures is growing rapidly and only a few make it onto the blog. So here are some more pictures of Tirana that I have taken over the last couple of months.


vloraboy said…
Nice job with the pictures. It is aamazing to see the difference in Tirana even from a year ago when I came to visit. Please don't hesistate to post more pictures! Thanks!
We have an Albanian cleaning lady here in Athens and I showed her your page and she was impressed. Plus, my Greek mother in law didn't know Albania was so nice.

I told her to quit listening to the Greek news so much! Albania seems like a fine place.

I hope to visit Albania one day.
ITS said…
I love the old man with the grocery bag picture. Such a great shot. You can see the pain of a lost generation by the look in his eyes.

Good Job!
did you feel the earthquake in tirana? 6.9 here and we were shaking like a frape' in Athens.
Anonymous said…
I do enjoy your photos and comments. Hven't been in Tirana for several years, but it seems that it is getting more cosmopolitan, anyway.
ourmanintirana said…
Thanks everyone. Scruffy, it's true that there is a problem with organised crime in Albania, but they are not interested in people like you or me.
Street crime happens, but it is no worse than in any city. I've walked all over the city, day and night, and never seen or experienced any crime. You just take the same precautions you would when visiting any city.
The biggest risks to a visitor are the traffic - even worse than Athens - and the uncovered holes in the footpaths and roads.
Didn't notice the earthquake up here.
Dori said…
Hi there, is there any way you could release your pictures under a free license, such as CC-BY, CC-BY-SA, or the GFDL There aren't many photos of Tirana that could be legally used by other sites (such as Wikipedia).

It would also be nice to have the full size images if you could post them on or (this requires a free license)

ourmanintirana said…
Hi Dori. I will look into the issue of licences. As for the full sized images, you can access these by clicking on the image in the blog. However, I will also look into your suggestions and see about putting them all in the one place.

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Welcome to Our Man in Tirana. I moved to Tirana, capital of Albania, in October 2005 and left in October 2007. This blog is a mix of photographs, reports, links, impressions and, undoubtedly, prejudices relating to the city and the country.

Since I am no longer in Tirana I am no longer updating this blog. However, there are over 300 posts covering this two year period and I hope that they are still of some interest.

So if you are curious about Albania or if you are planning to visit I hope this blog will be of value.


And now the end is near
and so i face nanananana...

Never did like that crappy song.

But it's true nevertheless.

Tomorrow in the wee hours of the morning we will be heading for the airport for the last time. I suppose it was too much to expect that I could have kept this going while getting ready to leave. So apologies for the lack of postings over the last weeks. This is post number 380 something so I suppose one post every two days is not a bad average.

There were probably 380 more in my head or scribbled down on scraps of paper, but many of them are perhaps best left there.

I suppose I should be penning - or typing - my final thoughts and reflections on two years in Tirana, but right now I don't have any. Maybe in a month or two though I might come back with something.

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