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Travel Blogs from Tirana
... with these small concrete scars. Enver Hoxha was his name, and being a complete crazy f**kwit, was his game.
There is paranoia; and then there is Enver Hoxha's brand of paranoia. Hoxha was the dictator of Albania for more than 40 years. He pushed the entire country to the brink of starvation, stamped out any form of economic trade between other countries, then between his own people, and also decided that Albania had enemies from all angles and on every border. ...
... we were jamming there again, it was super nice time! We went home and sat in the balcony for the bit! Next morning we went through Tirana to take a bus to Skopje, Macedonia! We decided to avoid Greece, because we didnt want to spend much money there. The way from Tirana to Skopje was pretty and we were already tired of taking photos, because all around it was amazing!
... seems to know how he did it)! He was the son of an Albanian prince but was handed over to the Turks as a hostage. He converted to Islam and was trained in military tactics in Turkey, where he became known as Iskander (after Alexander the Great). Sultan Murad II promoted him to the rank of Berg (Governor), hence the name Skanderberg.
We headed straight up the hill to Kruja Castle, where there were lots of tourist-tat stalls lining the streets. There wasn't much left ...
... 20th century and my lasting impression is that Albania is this mysterious wildcard.
We then headed on to my favourite part - the Enver Hoxha pyramid. Hoxha was the leader of communist Albania after WWII until his death in 1985, after which his architect daughter built a pyramid mausoleum for him in the center of Tirana. Ive included a picture of what it once looked like. Now it has become a decrepid, abandonned skating ...
... were then made aware that "internet no work. Go bar down street". I wasn’t impressed but Tom convinced me to stay.
We popped straight into town for some food and a beer but unfortunately we again got caught in torrential rain so we had to head back to our hotel tail between our legs. That nights sleep was again compromised, twice actually. At first I was awoken at around 2:30 by men outside yelling (fighting?), and then again at 5.20 by a cock next door ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility