Journal - Napló

Days 22-27. In the mountains (Albania 2.)

Posted on April 6, 2011 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Days 22-27.

 

Day 22.

 

   Only in the afternoon did we start walking out of the capitol, on the road leading to Elbasan. We were given a ride by the ’head’ of the Albanian motorway constructions. After 20 kilometres of winding mountain path, the town and a huge, in most parts forsaken factory and grounds in a valley appears suddenly as if from nowhere. In the country there are many factories, factory-systems like that whi...

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Days 19-21. Tirana (Albania 1.)

Posted on March 30, 2011 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Days 19-21., Albania

Day 19.

   …The atmosphere was great at the border, we got through without a problem. We walked ahead a few hundred metres surrounded by gentlemen enthusiastically offering taxi rides, and we started looking for a ’normal’ ride. We were just trying to communicate with the nice old men on bikes when a minivan stopped. We made them double sure we were hitch-hiking and not taxi hunting.


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The mountains of Albania

Posted on August 3, 2009 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (4)

   Everything blue on the map, whether it is a thin line, a dot or whatever: it is usually a good bet in this heat. Sometimes the color on the map can be deceiving, but here in Albania the blue has never been a disappointment. White and gray also attracts great attention for us, so we were anticipating great things from the southern parts of Albania where mountains, rivers and canyons are abundant. A Norwegian girl we met in Tirane recommended Corovode and the regions south of it. W...

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The road to Tirane

Posted on July 28, 2009 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

   I am sitting in the shadow and looking out on an explosion of colors. What used to be a straight and uniform street lined with communist style housing blocks has been completely transformed. Every block is different. The building opposite is white with various parts in red, blue, yellow, green and orange. Down the street, there are buildings painted pink, light blue, orange, blue and red with dots and trees painted on in different shades within a color theme.


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