Skip to main content


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.

As for the other stars of the blog, Bella now has her own personal hand made dog crate, and by tomorrow evening she will be stepping out of it into the crisp autumn weather of Wisconsin. I might post some photographs here later.

Dougal will be spending this weekend with some of our neighbours before moving in with a friend called Tommy on Monday. At the moment this is a temporary arrangement while we continue to find a permanent solution. But at least he will not be going back on the streets and we hope that temporary might be come permanent eventually.

If another blog appears I will make it known here.


PS I had another bash at Hotel California at Flares on Friday night and I was rubbish.


Miss Kim said…
Awww Alwyn... you will be missed (probably more than you know).

And you've left an impossible task... finding someone to fill your shoes... *sigh*

All the best to you and V.

Kim & Peter
Thank you so much for you inimitable contribution. You will be missed :-)
Anonymous said…
You have been an amazing blogger, thank you so much for all your news from Albania and best of luck in your new adventure
Anonymous said…
I know you won't abbandon the blog so I'm not worried.
You really managed to bring Albania closer to us. Thanks for all the posts... far :)
Anonymous said…
So sad to see you leave our man, i can't believe it!!!!
I wish you and your family health, success, and a beautiful life!
ak said…
It was a pleasure to have met you. I sincerely hope you and your family have a healthy and prosperous life! And I hope you don't forget about this beautiful piece of land of which you wrote about in the pas two years. Again, I wish you the best!

Please, let us know if you become Our Man in Bombay, Paris, Cincinnati...or whatever that is.

I echo everyone else - A good trip to you and yours (including Bella, of course) and best of wishes for all your future endeavors. Meantime, do enjoy Wisconsin, which, am sure it's great in the fall, and keep in touch.

PS - glad that Dougal will not be back on the street!
Ll.T. said…
Alwyn, you will be greatly missed :(

I wish you all the best, wherever life takes you.

Anonymous said…
Hands down - yours is my favorite blog. Thank you for all the time poured in to "bring Albania closer to us".

We'll miss you and blessings on your journey...
ITS said…
Bon voyage dear sir!
You will certainly be missed!
Anonymous said…
Thanks so much for having written your blog, esp for the photos, and for not resting until you had placed the dogs.

Best wishes on your next endeavor,
Anonymous said…
It's been great to read your blog here in the UK and like others here, I really will miss the read -and the arguments your words have sometimes raised!

With very best wishes to you, your family and Bella.

Take care and ......

Qofsh mi're in the USA.
Anonymous said…
The best of luck to you Alwyn and thanks for two years of bringing Tirana closer :)
Anonymous said…
I just recently discovered this blog and I love it! I wish you luck in your future endeavors and hope you don't abandon this blog. I will start reading everything now, so please don't delete it. Much thanks for this beautiful contribution!
Anonymous said…
OMT, your stories will be greatly missed. You have been a great source of reality from Albania. It is all the more amazing that most of your readers seem to be Albanian. Thanks and good luck.
Anonymous said…
I have wanted, thorughout the time that I have been here, to send you a picture of my place in Alwyn Street so you can post it in the blog with the note, "The Albanian living in Alwyn and the Alwyn living in Albania, find the irony". Maybe I will send it to the next Alwyn that decides to live an Albania, starts a blog, is from America and is as entertaining.

You take care of yourself and have a safe trip. Thanks for the good times.

P.S Goooooooo Red Sox.
Selfmaderadio said…

have a nice trip. I wish you and your family all the best.

Thank you so much for the great time you gave me while reading your blog. You will be missed. Certainly!
The PC said…
i'm sorry. i cannot accept this. I want to know about wisconsin. you must become ourmaninwisconsin.

anywhosle, i hope you make it to new york soon.
too bad I created my blog long time after you leaved :)

thanks again for your contribution !

Popular posts from this blog

Dy Rame Per Tirane

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

Albania and the Perils of the 21st Century

Another article on religion in Albania appeared yesterday. Patrick Poole, writing in the American Thinker , argues that Saudi funding for the construction of mosques and the training of imams is a threat to Albania, since these mosques and imams reflect the fundamentalist interpretation of Islam dominant in Saudi Arabia.

Guide Turistike

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council , the future is bright for Albania. The Council ranks Albania ninth out of 174 countries for tourism growth over the next ten years. A summary of the Council's report is available, as is the full report complete with many pages of graphs, charts and spreadsheets. This summer I have seen a number of tourists on the streets of Tirana. Some of them may well be Albanian expats, or people of Albanian descent returning home to visit family, but others are genuine 'foreigners'. Judging from their appearance, they are probably best described as 'independent travellers' - the kind of people who are not interested in luxury hotels or crowded beaches. This is a good start, but independent travellers are not the kind of big spenders that the tourist industry likes. In the longer term, if Albania wants to bring in the kind of free-spending tourists who currently holiday in Croatia or Slovenia, there will have to be a huge invest