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Anonymous said…
The lady int he first picture is the "Mother Albania" statue from the cemetery of heroes. I don't know if you've been there.

On Mr. Elvis: I don't know if it refers to Presley or not. Many Albanian guys are called Elvis. Who knows maybe their parents were honoring Presley anyway.
Anonymous said…
Hey Our man in Tirana,
I'd love to be in Tirana for all these music events. What about these stupid bombs in our country?Why people still do silly things in that place?Maybe because they don't listen would help them be more peacefull!!!!
See U!
Eni me N si nata
our man said…
Hi. Yes i recognised the statue from photographs but believe it or not i still haven't managed to get there even though i've driven past it many times. Definitely this summer though.
strangeMAN said…
Did you do the checkup you talked about some posts ago. It took shorter than I thought for the anti-tobacco law to be forgotten. The worst part is to say: I knew it.
It was nice to hope for a very short time, though.
our man said…
Given some of the comments I decided to give it a week or two before checking.

But I have been in five restaurants / cafes this week and of those five only one still had ashtrays on the tables though nobody was smoking. One place had a large no smoking sign.

One waiter told me that he used to smoke 2.5 packs of cigarettes a day, but sine the ban he is down to 1 pack every two days.

Maybe if people smoke less and then realise they have a lot more money in hand it might help reinforce it as well.

Also, just from looking in the windows in passing it seems that the pattern I first described is still true.
GMG said…
I should have discovered this blog before getting to Tirana... But it was on October 2004, so the blog was not yet available. Anyhow, I've some pics of Albania posted under the same label on Blogtrotter.
our man said…
Thanks gmg. You beat me by a year. I only got here in October 2005. If you are ever back this way let me know.

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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.

Thanks to all of you who have read this blog - especially those of you who have become regulars. Thanks also for linking and thanks to all who left comments.

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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.

Miss Globe 2007

On Saturday, we were at the Rogner meeting with an expat friend who was leaving Tirana. It was breakfast time, and as our friend was finishing his tea the breakfast room started to fill up with over-dressed (or under-dressed) young women wearing blue sashes. These were the contestants for the Miss Globe 2007 beauty pageant being held in Tirana tonight at the Palace of Congresses. High heel boots and mini-skirts - or in a couple of cases micro-skirts, or possibly just belts - have never struck me as obvious breakfast attire, but the girls seemed happy enough tottering and wobbling around with their tea and toast. I'm not sure why they were wearing their sashes - perhaps in case they forgot which country they came from.
As we were leaving they were boarding a large coach which I had seen a number of times around the city in the last few days for their next trip. I'm not sure how some of them made it up the steps, or how they managed to sit down, but perhaps these are the kinds o…