Highlights: The places, the people, the architecture.
My first day in Tirana was a bit of a blur. After the near death experience traveling from Pogradec to Tirana, I was a bit pessimistic about the country in general. Arriving at Tirana Backpacker Hostel was like entering an oasis in the middle of a desert. A desert full of honking cars and traffic. I don't want to bore you all with the details of every day I spent in Tirana but I'll give you the highlights: The market, the park, and the people (locals, travelers and ex-pats).
|An entire chicken for $3.50|
|Sun setting at the park|
|Jay and Luisa|
Very briefly I have to say something about this: the pyramid. Usually it has a few local children climbing the steep sides. I did climb it one night... only half way though. I chickened out... and also my shoe started to really fall apart mid climb. Should it stay or should it go? It's such a strange landmark. I don't think there is anything inside. It just is.
When I finally decided to leave Tirana (a sad day indeed) instead of leaving the country I went south to Berat. The physical journey from Tirana to Berat is as straight forward and simple as it gets in Albania. In Tirana there is a bus station that has buses departing for Berat every hour from 8am 'til 3pm. Easy. Just about every local knows where to find these buses. (Walk along the "river" it is behind the European University). Three hours later I was in Berat.
Next post: Berat: I might not be able to leave.