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... largely due to the fact that Hoxha was a lunatic. There was a culture of paranoia fostered by Hoxha, which included building tunnels, nuclear bunkers under government buildings and civilian apartment blocks, and underground arms factories scattered all around the country. I even read something about a massive network of bunkers and tunnels beneath the town of Gjirokastra, which the locals are hoping to open up as a tourist attraction.
One of ...
... to make sure we made it there, though it meant him having to backtrack to his home in Kucove. Feeling bad for all of Bledi's help (he even carried Nikola's backpack a fair distance, and tried to carry my day pack, as well), we checked in and took him out for a traditional Albanian meal of salad, french fries, bread, grilled pork, and ... fried frog legs??? Yup, frog legs - the Albanian surprises continue! Pork and frog legs ... the Albanian version of Kermit and ...
... main town area and wandered along the streets of small shops and markets. I walked past the 'bus station’ aka the place the buses sometime hang about, and then went into a supermarket and bought more things for a ridiculously low price, and then went and bought stamps for 40lek which is about 20c! I then decided to walk back to the hostel, with all eyes on me as they had ...
... the proper names. Hopefully I spelled most of them correctly.
We are going into one of the churches to see the altar and the icons. Of course, it is a place where I am not allowed to take photos. I would have loved to break this rule but as a matter of course, I try not to break the rules in churches/temples/mosques, etc. and have sometimes been lucky enough to be allowed to take photos. This church had a beautiful ...
... So Durres is still regarded as an important town of independence and freedom. As we are driving through the town, there are large congregations of men on a few street corners near where a ferry must dock. These are the local money changers and each one of them held a large stack of money in their hands. Some more freedom and independence right here!
Durres has½ million people, on the coast, with Byzantium walls around the old part of the ...
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