It’s Friday, 13 March 2020, here in Tirana and due to the Coronavirus pandemic the city is in lock-down. Cars and urban traffic is restricted, only food supply, urgency, police, government and army vehicles can travel, otherwise everyone else is forbidden under penalty of steep fines.
I could not stay home the whole time so decided to take a bike ride around some of the main streets I go through almost daily and wanted to document most of the trip on my cell phone.
I was riding my bike, which you should be able to tell, though I should confess it was not the safest way of doing it.
Edi Rama greets you on every phone call
There is a pre-recorded message that you get every time you use the phone, where the prime minister, Edi Rama, warns you about staying safe, washing your hands, and gives you a ‘distant’ hug!!
It is a bit creepy but I can understand that it is necessary measure in such a time as this.