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My experiences in Albania

So here my experience of my trip to Albania last week in a nutshell with some links to pictures I took .

Tuesday
Today I left for Albania, as my team FC Utrecht had drawn KF Tirana in the Europa League I decided to travel with them to a country I don't know at all. I didn't travel just for the game, but to see somewhat of the country too.
My flight brought me directly from Liège airport in Wallonia to Tirana where numerous cabdrivers were waiting to bring me to the capital centre. I had to hurry because at 18.00 CET the Dinamo-Sheriff game kicked off and my flight was quite early, I landed about 17.30. But as you know it takes a while before you're out of the plane, then continue to the border checks etc. At 18.05 I arrived at the Skanderberg square where I changed cabs (the first didn't want to take me to Qemal Stafa, he said 'too much traffic' but I negotiate a low price, hehe) and several minutes later I arrived at the stadium. The main stand was full so I had to run to the other side of the stadium to enter but I was too late, I just missed the goal but still saw about 80% of the match, unfortunately without goals and Dinamo couldn't qualify.
After the match I checked in in my hostel close to Skanderberg square, did some walking in the night before I went to bed.

- Dinamo - Sheriff pictures

Wednesday
Today I planned to see the city, I went to see a lot of things in Tirana like you all probably know. I came across some traditional market close to the bus- and trainstation, checked the Skanderberg square with the mosque and clocktower, went to the Taiwan complex, walked through Blloku, went to Qemal Stafa again and also saw the Selman Stermasi stadium. During the day I took some siësta because it was too hot for me and in the evening again I went to Blloku and drunk a bit with some locals there.

- Selman Stërmasi stadium pictures
- Tirana pictures

Thursday
The day of the match, in the morning and afternoon I did the same as yesterday but walked to the big park a bit too. Then in the evening I went to the stadium and found out we were with fourteen away fans at this match which was quite funny.
In the stadium we met a group of Frisian (Dutch) people who were doing volunteering work in a town closeby. As we were singing to eachother in Dutch the police got panic and didn't know what to do.
The match wasn't of any importance, Tirana did well and deserved the draw, after the early goal we knew it was over.

- Tirana - Utrecht pictures

Friday
Today I went to Durrës which I experienced as really different. First in Durrës I went to see the old town and amfitheatre, as it was very, very hot I rested a bit and ate an icecream to cool down before I went to walk to the beaches where it was really, really crowded with a lot of people from Kosovo and Macedonia as well as Tirana they told me.
At the end of the afternoon I went to the Niko Dovana stadium from Teuta, for the second time, where I got my banner before I returned to the bus station to return to Tirana. Then I tried to sleep early before going to the airport and fly back via Ljubljana to Amsterdam.

- Durrës pictures
- Niko Dovana stadium pictures

To conclude I can say I experienced the Albanian people as very hospitable and friendly. Also they're very curious and trying to sell anything on the street, very uncommon over here.
Albania over here is a very unknown country and it really surprised me in a positive way, it's quite poor compared to here but the people seem to be happy and that's what counts.
Also, everyone seems to be driving in a Mercedes , with that I saw many people burning corncobs on the street, very funny and it smells very well I have to say.
Would certainly return some time to see other parts of the country and visit more clubs outside the Tirana-Durrës region, like for example Vllaznia or Flamurtari.

Anyway, hopefully you enjoy the pics.
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thanks for sharing. im glad you had a nice time in our country

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Those people were some kind of solution.

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^^whoever took those pics, seems like they were purposely looking for the ugliest things to photograph.
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^^whoever took those pics, seems like they were purposely looking for the ugliest things to photograph.
Not at all unless we have some top class stadiums I'm not aware of.

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Not at all unless we have some top class stadiums I'm not aware of.

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Lol Selman Stermasi mann that needs to be demolished or renovated soon boy
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^^whoever took those pics, seems like they were purposely looking for the ugliest things to photograph.
Couldn't you just say something smarter ? :rollani:

Very nice experience. Next time, be sure to visit Saranda, Vlore, Kruje e.tc Those are beatiful cities
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no i wasnt talking about the stadiums, i was talking about the cities itself. i mean albania is a beautiful place, especially elbasan, vlora, himara, saranda.
but as for stadiums, ruzhdi bixhuta is a much better stadium in elbasan than niko dovana.

Himara
http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&q...w=1280&bih=539

Elbasan
http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl...=&oq=&gs_rfai=

Saranda
http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl...=&oq=&gs_rfai=

Vlora
http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl...=&oq=&gs_rfai=
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^You don't get it. This thread is about his experiences and he only visited Tirana and Durres. I thought he took pics of everything that seemed "interesting". Nothing wrong with that. Tirana is basically under construction but has developed massively and same goes for Durres.
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^You don't get it. This thread is about his experiences and he only visited Tirana and Durres. I thought he took pics of everything that seemed "interesting". Nothing wrong with that. Tirana is basically under construction but has developed massively and same goes for Durres.
ok so you tell me what was the point of taking these pictures?

















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Hi CityBlue, those pictures I took because of these are very uncommon and rarely seen here where I live.
It's possible to photograph only the 'nice' things (although I like these pictures too), but I want to photograph also the things who're not 'popular'. Otherwise people don't get a fair view of the cities in my opinion, any city has got its nice and bad things, I want to show them all, although there's nothing wrong with these pictures, I just like them because over here where I live it should be unique.

Also, I told already I want to return sometime to see other cities but that wasn't possible because I didn't have the time.

Hopefully you get my point .

EDIT: I once made this picture in Belgium, hehe.

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Knoert, ignore that blueass guy. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip and got a taste of Albanian hospitality.

At the touch of her lips it grew long and swollen. He gasped as she squeezed and pulled expertly. It was the best balloon giraffe he'd seen.
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Hi CityBlue, those pictures I took because of these are very uncommon and rarely seen here where I live.
It's possible to photograph only the 'nice' things (although I like these pictures too), but I want to photograph also the things who're not 'popular'.
Thanks Knoert. I really appreciated the photos. I wish I knew Dutch to read your blog. Thanks again.

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Thanks for sharing Knoert.

Nice to hear that you had a good time. Probably, it wasn't the best time to visit Tirana or Durres but anyway, you've seen a bit of Albanian life and yeah as you mentioned, hospitality.

I would just like comment/add on some points:

First, Durres sucks imo. During the season it's extremely crowded. I usually visit Durres in September when the National Team plays and we go swimming at 5 am. That's nice.

I and other people here mentioned as well, if you wanna see the beautiful Albanian Reviera, you should visit places like Vlora, Dhermia, or Ksamili (Sarande). But as you said, you didn't have enough time, so hopefully, the desire to see these places, will push you come back again.

Second, Blloku! Man, you loved the chicks, didn't you? I'll tell you a short story. I live in Prishtina (Kosovo=Northen Albania ) btw. The last time I was in Tirana was in March (saw Albania - N. Ireland). I went with one of my friends at Blloku in a coffee, and guess what, excluding the waiters, we were the only guys in the coffee/out of 50 chicks maybe lol. I love Tirana and Blloku especially. There are some very nice places to hang out. I guess the spring is the best time to be there. It's not very hot and it's the time girls start wearing mini skirts.

Sad that you had to be in Tirana during a time when they are constructions going on in the main square. You should have visited Dajti as well. Dajti is a 'mountain' from where you have a very nice view of TirOna. I was trying to find some pics, but I'm having problems with the internet (in the country of internet = USA lol). Next time I'll post some though.

Also, I don't know if you have tried (and honestly, I don't know if it's an Albanian specialty or not), but there's a kind of cake called "Trelece" that you can find in Tirana (and other cities as well). It's so special that when you eat it for the first time, you gonna fell in love with it.


And lastly, about the Mercedes. hahaha. It's about BENZ buddy, B E N Z!


Thanks for sharing your experience again, and have fun.

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Blloku was really cool, and Albanian girls are indeed really pretty, hehe. Also I met some Kosovan girls, very friendly, they couldn't keep talking about 'the new state', hehe, very pretty too.

I know about Dajti, does anyone know from where you can get to the top of the mountain from Tirana? There must be some cable track or something, I didn't have time anyway, but also couldn't find it on the maps...

Just posted an envelope to Teuta with some Dutch posters and banners, because they gave me theirs I promised to send something back, I'm just somewhat late hehe.

Also sorry for my late answer, but I was in Switzerland for the Utrecht next round match versus Luzern .
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Blloku was really cool, and Albanian girls are indeed really pretty, hehe. Also I met some Kosovan girls, very friendly, they couldn't keep talking about 'the new state', hehe, very pretty too.
Yup, they are.


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I know about Dajti, does anyone know from where you can get to the top of the mountain from Tirana? There must be some cable track or something, I didn't have time anyway, but also couldn't find it on the maps...
Yeah, there is a cable 'car' that sends you up there. There are some signs that to help you orientate, but still, I guess you should have asked someone.

http://www.dajtiekspres.com/

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Just posted an envelope to Teuta with some Dutch posters and banners, because they gave me theirs I promised to send something back, I'm just somewhat late hehe.
Hehe. Great!

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