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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.

Comments

Alwyn:

nice of you to leave your blog as a reference about Albania - it's much more than that. It was a labor of love, and thank you for it!

Personally I miss its updates, but ....Dougal's face it's always haunting!

Hope that it maintains also for you memories of two years of experiences in a harsh, but hospitable and loving land.

Best to you and your wife in all your new endeavors.
Anonymous said…
I have followed your postings but never left a comment, until now. I would like to thank you for your work and for keeping my long love for the country fully alive. My Albanian wife and I lived in Tirana from 2004-06 - we visit regularly. Thanks again

Best
Mads
Wondering said…
Hiya,
I'm in DC 1-7th March. Free to meet up?
Cheryl
Anonymous said…
Tirana rocks and it will rock even more after this project!

http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/7851/tiranarocksjz4.jpg
Unknown said…
Bravo!
Andrea said…
I just finished reading a number of your posts about Albania and have learned a lot. Thanks for the info. I look forward to reading how you are finding life in Munich.
bluecross said…
You are missed!
You have a very supportive personality,a dn especially in the 2007 pre independence stressful year, I enjoyed reading this blog!
warm regards

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