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Poverty has many faces, by Mia

Poverty has many faces, by Mia

There is a friend of mine who often has a camera in her hands and takes pictures of people and things which catch her attention. Many of her pictures speak about the reality of everyday Albanians and our shared experiences. This most recent one, which she published on Facebook pushed me to write about it […]

Earthquake shakes up to 5.2 on the Rihter scale

Earthquake shakes up to 5.2 on the Rihter scale

Last night I awoke suddenly at 3 am to discover that there was an earthquake going on. The sight is always frightful, but even more so when this happens at night. As I tried to figure out how severe it was and how long it would last, my only other thought was to figure our […]

Great Eateries in Tirana by The Culture Trip

Great Eateries in Tirana by The Culture Trip

The Culture Trip website recently published an article about some of the great restaurants in Tirana, which don’t offer just good food but also some cultural aspects to be enjoyed by all food lovers. I agree with their list, though it was rather limited to just 10, and I would have probably switched a couple […]

Updated: Need your help locating smoke free coffee places in Tirana

Updated: Need your help locating smoke free coffee places in Tirana

Hi everyone, I have been thinking for some time now to come up with a list of smoke free coffee places in Tirana and other cities. Personally, I am very frustrated by the fact that smokers continue to do their thing freely, without impediment from law or conscience, any and everywhere possible. I am extremely […]

Public transportation situation in Albania

Public transportation situation in Albania

I’m an irregular user of public transportation. At most I get to use it three times a week, but average is probably twice. It’s not that I don’t like it as much as want to walk since I’m sitting most of the day. But that is beyond the point here. The point is that good […]

Life is harder when you have to carry a big load!

Life is harder when you have to carry a big load!

The other day, as I was walking back to my apartment, I could not help but notice this guy passing me on the street carrying this large bag full of cans. The load did not seem extremely heavy, though enough for him to strain somewhat under it. It just reminded me of the constant hardship […]

Dancing in the autumn!

Dancing in the autumn!

The rainy season is finally here. Despite it being mid-autumn (November) the weather in Tirana has been unbelievably warm and sunny. So much so that you could mistake it for spring. An often quoted verse by our famous writer Kadare, says: “Ca pika shiu ranë mbi qelq. / Për ty unë befas ndjeva mall.  / […]

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