Parallel Universes

One of the many characteristics of the  Communist world was the insistence that the ‘ideal’ be  constantly portrayed as ‘reality’ and that reality be relegated to  the...
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Feet on the Brakes

When I first visited Albania in 2005 I had one overwhelming impression: ‘This country has a lot of potential.’  I saw, as others before and since have...

The “Moving Albania” series by Belgian photographer Frederik Buyckx

These pictures were truly an exciting discovery for me. At first, they looked like they were taken years ago, but the sad reality is that they are...

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...

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...
Michelangelo's David (Circumcision)

Circumcision: an Albanian cultural tradition!

As much as I dislike the experience, I found myself again at the children’s hospital, however, this time it was because our son was getting circumcised. The practice...

Why is “maintenance” such a difficult concept for many Albanians?

The second law of thermodynamics states that things are in a constant state of decay, thus anything and everything in this world is in a constant state...

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