In the New York Times the 'Frugal Traveler', Matt Gross, writes about his recent visit to Albania taking in Tirana and Gjirokaster.
I was watching Top Channel last night, first the news, then Fiks Fare. According to them Tirana's citizens now have a choice not only between Rama and Olldashi, but also between Rama and Rama. A minor right-wing faction, Parti 'Balli Kombetar' , submitted papers to the election authorities registering their candidate, Akile Rama. The people on Fiks Fare got hold of the papers and sent a reporter and camera team to the address listed for Mr A Rama. After much ringing of the bell the gate was reluctantly opened by a middle-aged woman who refused to speak to the reporter and tried to close the gate on her. Back in the studio Saimiri and Doctori - the two presenters of Fiks Fare - revealed that Mr Akile Rama was 73 years old, in hospital, and did not know he was now a candidate for mayor. They also compared two documents - the papers submitted on his behalf, and a genuine document he had signed. The signatures were not even remotely similar. There was an interview with the lea
Maybe he set out for Albania with unrealistic expectations, which is the quickest way to disappointment.
Anyway, I will be there first and third week of September. You up for a beer and a talk on how to solve the Middle East conflict?
Then everything seems natural and normal, even the noisy and dusty streets, and the trash everywhere.
You just get used to it.
People like the article writer go to places like this, without high different expectations, and thinking that they can have a good time and guide themseves in the country.
You can't really enjoy albania if you don't have somebody local with you. There are no street signs, no good guides, nothing to direct a normal toursits.
Welcome Klea and Ardit. I did hear somewhere that there was a scheme funded by USAID or some similar agency to train tour guides for Tirana. Not sure whether it is up and running yet, but it could be fun. Perhaps I should apply for a job.