Generally I try not to park my car outside on the street. Thankfully we have an underground garage, which is quite handy considering the maxed out number of cars driving and parking everywhere on the streets of Tirana.

However, this past week, I decided to leave the car parked outside for quick access in the mornings. Normally, I take our son to kindergarten and am always running late as we always wake up late in the morning.

This morning I could not help but realize that the entire car was covered by a thin, but very obvious, reddish layer of granular dirt (adobe color). At first I thought it originated from some nearby construction or road, but it was unusual. The previous night the wind had been blowing relatively hard as the weather changes to become warmer. But, somehow, all that wind had brought with it plenty of dirt which I later realized had blanketed the whole city as I traveled to the other side and found it on other cars as well.

On ongoing challenge

For several years now, Tirana has suffered the continuous fight with air pollution, mainly from dust originating from ongoing constructions and ruined roads. The fact is that most people do not even leave their windows open because it is sure to fill up their house/office with a layer of granular dust.

Personally, I’m very worried by this fact and despise it very much, but am left with little choice in the matter.

The multitudes of people, traffic and constructions in the city are sure ways to maintain this level of pollution for several years to come.

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  • Amit

    Hello, I am travelling to Tirana on third of May, its my first visit, i wanted to thank you for these informative pages, they are quite helpful in understanding the city and the surroundings although i have heard only the nice things about tirana, but now i am also getting to know the other side of it, but i guess the country side like Vlora, must be more peaceful and calm than the Tirana city.


    • Elvis Plaku

      Pretty much any city outside of Tirana is rather more peaceful and calm. Tirana it’s the metropolis it’s “doomed to be such” :)