The third leg of the Albania tour takes me to the "City of the Thousand Windows" and the "City of Stones". Two cities shaped by the Ottoman cityscapes, which can not be more different.
For weeks, I am looking forward to the Albanian mountains. Kruja and Tirana make a first impression. But it works better. With the car, it goes into the Albanian Alps: Valbona and Theth ... still unknown? Soon no longer…
Where are you driving to? Albania? Is it possible to travel there normally? I start my round trip through Albania: two weeks through the country with the rental car.
Tirana: How do I encounter the city, whose stones are inscribed 46 years of socialist history, the capital of a country that has been almost half a century separated from the world? Gray concrete buildings, wide streets, laid out for flag-waving infantry, plus some grim monuments, such as the picture that formed in my mind's eye at the word "Tirana".
"Do not be surprised if you look at it suspiciously. The Albanians just do not understand why they come here voluntarily. Here everyone just wants to get away ", Eri tries to explain the slight discomfort that may come to Albania travelers in many situations with locals.
Recognition number 57: If the drinking water bottle is frozen next to the bed, it was cold at night.
When exactly did Albania get involved in history lessons? My interest in history was initially paralyzed by the never ending Stone Age, maybe that's why I missed the part where it was said that Albania spent until 1990 in complete isolation; like North Korea until today.
However, I can probably blame this educational gap on German school lessons, which Albania considers to be seriously negligible.
The route Germany - Greece, I felt flown 100 times. I wanted to know now how the whole land mass, what we call the Balkans, what I usually pass unseen in a few hours of flight time, looks down on the earth.
Albania, July 2010. Klys spends four nights in the bunker on the beach, and has enough time to record one and a half hours of sunset, which will later be shortened to twenty seconds in the film "The Albanian Beach". Great.
The Albanian Alps are called the "damn mountains" on the Montenegrin side. Perhaps it is the rugged rocks that thrust into the sky from the beech forests and flower-covered pastures. In any case, people are a bit theatrical ...