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Started by Shadrack22 on Sep 19, 2016 5:20:32 PM
Have you ever been to Albania?

What was it like?

Shadrack22 - 20 Dec 2016 07:56:00 (#26 of 52)

Sounds encouraging. Yes, I like a bit of concrete; the prospect of plunging to a sudden death, less so.

FrankieTeardrop - 20 Dec 2016 08:15:07 (#27 of 52)

Stay in Ohrid, pop over to Albania.

Ebadlun - 27 Dec 2016 03:30:41 (#28 of 52)

the prospect of plunging to a sudden death, less so.

I forgot to mention the worryingly numerous roadside shrines at the sites of fatal accidents.

Shadrack22 - 17 Jul 2018 21:50:58 (#29 of 52)

Romesh Ranganathan visits Albania. Very interesting, but to be honest not making me any keener to visit. Tirana looking very drab. Stunning mountain landscapes though.

dottie30 - 19 Jul 2018 16:27:04 (#30 of 52)

I saw that programme. The TV presenter woman came across as overly desperate to show a visit to her country was better than being ducked in a barrel full of shit and vomit.

FrankieTeardrop - 19 Jul 2018 16:27:51 (#31 of 52)

Go in summer. It doesn’t look as bleak then.

Better still, go to neighbouring Macedonia.

HouseOfLametta - 19 Jul 2018 16:28:08 (#32 of 52)

I liked the horse restaurant.

FrankieTeardrop - 19 Jul 2018 16:30:06 (#33 of 52)

My first impressions were that it looked a lot like Europe’s version of Afghanistan. My second impression was arriving at the hotel in Tirana, desperate for the toilet, and being told the water was off for an unspecified period of time.

moto748 - 19 Jul 2018 17:15:13 (#34 of 52)

I went on one of those day trips from Corfu. It was hot and dusty and looked very poor.

FrankieTeardrop - 19 Jul 2018 17:35:13 (#35 of 52)

Great food, though. All the Brutalism one could wish for. And a lot of hand car washes - every other house displays a hand drawn “Lavash” sign.

Shadrack22 - 19 Jul 2018 18:28:28 (#36 of 52)

They need to renovate that pyramid.

I wondered, given his vegan diet, how he got on staying at that farm.

Pinkgum - 19 Jul 2018 19:53:02 (#37 of 52)

My ex husband is Albanian, his family make great coffee and even better borek.

I'd like to go for the architecture and food.

HerrWalrus - 19 Jul 2018 19:58:45 (#38 of 52)

My ex husband is Albanian, his family make great coffee and even better borek.

Now you've got me sold (no idea you had had a husband though). The few Albanians I have met in this country have all been great cooks. I would have put that down to coincidence, but if they make great Borek as well..( my bh is a fan of Borek as it's a widespread dish in her part of the ME)

djsuggz - 19 Jul 2018 20:01:00 (#39 of 52)

I watched the RR programme yesterday and it hasn’t put me off. Always wanted to go, and still have boxes to tick, over that way. Visit a mate in NW Greece, potter through Albania, dip into Kosovo and then head over to Bosnia, the other country I am as yet to see.

Selling this to Mrs Deej is probably more of a challenge than spending any amount of time in any of those places.

Pinkgum - 19 Jul 2018 20:08:57 (#40 of 52)

The marriage was convenient for all concerned, I wore a shiny pink frock and got to walk down the aisle* to the spice girls. Then we went to see the remake of Dawn of the Dead.

I still see my mil, I am her "bushka" (apparently I have the face of a baby).

*not really an aisle, more a path between chairs at the registry office.

RosyLovelady - 19 Jul 2018 20:38:26 (#41 of 52)

I met an Albanian family (three generations of them) in London on the number 7 bus. They were very friendly and charming. That is my Albania story.

TheVoiceOfReason - 19 Jul 2018 21:09:33 (#42 of 52)

Kosovo is a bit like Gibraltar and West Belfast in a “they’re fighting over this?!?!?” stylee.

Sabacious - 19 Jul 2018 21:18:09 (#43 of 52)

Ha! My local barber is Albanian and is considering moving to northern rural British Columbia as there is apparently a dearth of barbers. I tried to suggest that may be because the local male popukace are plaid-wearing extravagantly bearded lumberjacks but he’s still keen.

Goneril - 19 Jul 2018 21:30:04 (#44 of 52)

I know an Albanian woman who has lived in Vienna for many years. Her take on the difference is: They have everything here, but they don't know how to have a good time. Back home we have nothing, but at least we know how to party!

dottie30 - 19 Jul 2018 21:32:38 (#45 of 52)

They drank an awful lot of raki in that programme - not sure what the rate of liver disease is in Albania.

In Turkey they rationalise copious raki drinking by saying that islam only bans wine - not other alcoholic drinks.

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