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Europe's Rough Corner

The New York Times has named Albania as its Budget Destination of the Year. Matt Gross, the paper's frugal traveller, whose piece on Tirana was published a few months ago, writes this time about his trip to the South of the country, taking in Gjirokaster, Sarande and Butrint.


Anonymous said…
Why do these "morons" keep referring to Albania as "muslim" or "majority muslim country"????
This is Absurde and False. Most albanians are atheist and only a small minority practices religion.
ourmanintirana said…
OK. But aren't you at least happy that people are saying good things about the country and encouraging others to visit?
Anonymous said…
Yeah of course.
It's a good feeling to get such "rare" positive articles from major newspapers like The New York Times
Anonymous said…
Anynymous #1...

It's not right to call them morons. They referr to us as muslim probably because he wanted to let the American viewers know that not "every muslim" country country hates them.

But yea i agree with you, it's not right to generalize like that. They often do throw "muslim Albania" "poorest Albania" for no reason even when the topic has nothing to do about religion or economy.
MĂ«rgimtari said…
A man was walking down the street in Belfast when a masked gunman approached him and held a gun to his head.

"Are you Catholic or Protestant?" the gunman asked.

"I'm an athiest!" the terrified man replied.

Said the gunman, "Yes, yes, but are you a Catholic Athiest or a Protestant Athiest?!"
Anonymous said…
A man was walking down the street in Belfast when a masked gunman approached him and held a gun to his head.

"Are you Catholic or Protestant?" the gunman asked.

"I'm a Jew!" the terrified man replied.

Said the gunman, "Thanks be to Allah, who has led me to this Jew!"

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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.

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Petrela Castle

This is Petrela Castle near Tirana. The site has been fortified since the 4th century, but the oldest surviving parts are from the 13th century. Today the castle is a restaurant where you can enjoy lunch while taking in the views.