Albania, like any other Balcanic country, displays a mixture of religions… what’s not usual is that in Albania, all religions (and atheist people as well) live peacefully, without any kind of conflicts.
Albania has 67% of muslims, 20% are orthodox christians, 10% christians and a 3% of aromanians.
We should say that in Kosovo (where 88% of the people comes from the albanian ethnia) this “religious proportion” is quite different, because muslims are more than that: 90% of kosovar people are muslims.
This Kosovar religious trend is due to the need to separate themselves to the serbs, which are orthodox.
I would like to highlight that a paper [written by Gallup] said that Albania is the most tolerant – in religious terms – country in the world. Is also the country where we can find more interfaith marriages (between muslims and catholics).
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“The dictatorship and the literature can only coexist in a single way: fighting each other all day long”.
Ismail Kadare was born in Gjirokastër, January 28th 1936, and he has recently won the Prince of Asturias Awards of Literature  due to “the beauty of his work and his deep compromise with literature“.
The prize was not a surprise, specially because he’s a world wide famous writer and poet and because he has been a candidate for the Nobel Prize of literature several times.
No doubt about it: he’s the most famous albanian writer. In fact I’m not able to write down another albanian writer.
In the Reykjavík‘s antipodes, in the wonderfull island of Iceland, in the region of Öxarfjörður and far away from civilization, we can find a little town with 170 inhabitants called Kópasker.
Kópasker is maybe one of the best equipped towns in the world: it has got a school, a seismological interpretation center, a football field (with an athletics track as well), a harbour, a youth hostel, a camping, basic services… and also an airport!
We will briefly list our route through Albania [by car] day-to-day with information about where we slept and the distance in quilometers.
Our trip starts on the 11th of July and ends the 26th of July.
You can read about our route more extensively by clicking here.
11- Girona (Catalonia) – Pisa (Italy); by plane
12- Pisa (Italy) – Tiranë (Albania); by plane
13- Tiranë – Berati (150km)
14- Berati – Fier – Apollonia – Vlorë (100km)
15- Vlorë – Dhërmi (57km)
16- Dhërmi – Himarë – Dhërmi (30km)
17- Dhërmi – Sarandë (64km)
18- Sarandë – Gjirokastër (62km)
19- Gjirokastër – Ersekë (144km)
20- Ersekë – Korçë – Pogradeci (83km)
21- Pogradeci – Shkodër (268km)
22- Shkodër – Thethi (68km)
24- Thethi – Krujë – Tiranë (155km)
26- Tiranë – Pisa – Girona; by plane once again
And now, we’ll list all the hostels and hotels where we’ve been:
Tiranë: Tirana Backpacker Hostel
Berati: Hotel Berati
Vlorë: Hotel Delfini
Dhërmi: Hotel Dorian
Sarandë: Hotel Xhaferi
Gjirokastër: Hotel Kalemi
Shkodër: Hotel Rozafa
We should add Katie’s and Matt’s houses in Ersekë and Pogradeci respectively (We found Katie and Matt via coach-surfing web site.); and Çarku’s family house in Thethi; which is fully and formaly adapted for tourists.
This post is a simple reference for future travelers. We have to say that there’s no problem in order to find hosting in Albania!
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I’ve got an albanian neighbour.
We will call him S, because he seems to be a Salim “namekind”.
S is a tall man, brown skin and I see him sometimes in the flat’s staircase [because I live in a flat with lot of floors]. He seems to come from eastern Europe. In fact, he seems an Emir Kusturica character; allways dressed in white.
S is proud that someone (in this case, his neighbour – ie. me) had been to Albania.
Anytime that S meets my father, he hugs him: S is really excited because of the fact that I’ve been to his country.
When S enters to a bar where my father is also there [in fact, this is the reason why I know that he's from Albania] S starts to tell everybody in the bar that the son of his neighbour had been to Albania.
S knows that I really enjoyed Albania: this makes him proud of his country
Such a reaction helps us to consider that people from [and living in] Albania will foster us from the very beggining; which is in fact what it really happens.
Thanks to my trip to Albania, I could know that S comes from Albania. And I’m very proud of it.
One of the places that we highly recommend in Albania is the Archeological City of Butrint: the most important complex of ancient greek and roman ruins. All of them are in great conditions.
One of the best details is that in the entrance there are some commemoratives plaques, in memory of the political personalities that have visited the ruins…
But in a place where there are no “contemporary” walls, put those plaques on it’s not so trivial. So they’ve decided to put them on the floor… but the thing is that the entrance seems like a cementery… a cemenetry full of personalities.
One of this personalities is… the unpresentable [among other adjectives] Berlusconi which, the albanian people, with ¿goodwill? dedicate him a premature death… Vaffanculo Silvio!!
McDonald’s and other bullshit like MTV or Starbucks have got the ability to conquer the “global market” spreading their tentacles like a virus…
…luckily there are still oasis.
The unique european country where you cannot found a McDonald’s is [as you can assume] Albania. But they’ve got an alternative: Kolonat.
You can play the Spot the Difference game with it, which is not easy as you can see!
Althought you can find McDonald’s in Poland, they’ve decided to do some competence on them [with pizzeria included]: it’s the McKucharz.
Finally, we shoud say that the most profitable [and realistic] alternative to both McDonald’s and Burger King is french: it’s the Quick.
In fact, the ones who are able to replicate a succesful corporate model in their own domestic market, are the french. For sure, their extreme narcissism help them to compite with such a giants.