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We drive west from Tirana this morning to the port city of Durres on the Adriatic. It is quite modern, but right in the middle of everything are important Roman ruins, including a large amphitheatre, a Venetian tower, and parts of the old encircling wall. We have a guided tour of the archeological museum by the young curator who organized the impressive collection. It has only recently reopened after a major reconstruction.
... I ordered!!
I also need to mention the Albanian national drink - Raki. This spirit comes in a shot glass although it is customary to sip it not shot it and feels like it scortches your insides! Although it does actually kind of grow on you. The strength of the drink varies depending on how you acquire it, it seems everyone and their grandmothers make it! Everybody you meet seems to have some in an unmarked plastic bottle and it can be up to 80%!! Lethal!
... me during my life time at resisting being ticklish has finally paid off. There was a small restaurant near the start of the trail that lead to the waterfall. The restaurant was selling €1.50 lamb head soup. Lamb head includes chunky pieces of brain, eyes, tongue and cheek. Nathan bravely (or foolishly) decided he would give it a try. It looked so disgusting with big chunks of brain and a long slimy optic nerve dangling from his spoon. This didn't put ...
... the communist regime people were not allowed private cars.. So they are all crazy drivers since being able to buy motor vehicles from 1991 on!
- People hang teddy bears on their homes for good luck
- King Nicholas I of Montenegro is termed the 'father in law of Europe' as he had 12 daughters and married them out to many different European kings
- Ilir our guide housed 5 Kosovian ...
Lorenc is a passionate man, as I suspect most Albanians also are - perhaps it's what makes this country so intriguing, the fact that people are so passionate about everything they do, and everything they believe in. In Lorenc, you see a jaded man who is struggling with the pace of change in Albania, of the ever-so-slow rise to democracy - though Communism fell in the early 90s, it seems that not all that much has really changed here. ...