Albanian Wedding Traditions (Interview, Part 2)

“We in Albania have weddings like before, we have it about 8 days, a long week.”  Me: Maybe a day is too short for a wedding. “But a week is too long. You get exhausted.” “Relatives come and stay after midnight, talking, laughing, decorating the house. And each day they meet each other. On ThursdayContinue reading “Albanian Wedding Traditions (Interview, Part 2)”

Interview: A Post-Communist Childhood

Antonella Bogdani (pictured on the left) was born and raised in the lovely mountain town of Korce, Albania. She works as a traveling English teacher to students in the surrounding villages, some of which are quite remote. She lives with her parents and her younger sister Kristina, who works as a radio host for aContinue reading “Interview: A Post-Communist Childhood”

Bunk’Art 2

The museum that is Bunk’Art 2 couldn’t have a better, more appropriate setting – a large, concrete, underground nuclear bunker. Like almost all of the much smaller pillbox bunkers littered around the country, it was never used, not even during the fall of communism in Albania in 1992. Bunk’Art 2 is perhaps one whole blockContinue reading “Bunk’Art 2”

Fun Facts About Albanian Culture

After living in this unique, easygoing place for about six months, here’s what I’ve learned. Now, this list focuses on the positive or neutral aspects of life here instead of the negatives, because no one in the entire world wants to hear one of THOSE expats whine about little stuff like bad drivers. (Insert eyeContinue reading “Fun Facts About Albanian Culture”

Vila Ebel

Cozy, homey, historic, and charming, Vila Ebel is like nowhere else. It feels like going back in time in a place so aesthetically pleasing it must be straight out of a movie set, or at least one of your Pintrest boards. This coffeeshop in Korce, Albania is exquisitely, earthily picturesque and everything I’m looking for.Continue reading “Vila Ebel”

5 Albanian Foods to Try

Albanian food is good, first of all. It’s heavy on meats and cheeses, but with Greek food alongside to balance things out. The nation Greece is just to the southeast, which explains the presence of giros as pretty much the only available “fast food”. (Hey, none of us are complaining!) This also means that GreekContinue reading “5 Albanian Foods to Try”

Top 5 Places to See in Korcë, Albania

Korcë may not be a large town, but it is quite well known in Albania. Its mountainous climate is noticeably different from the lower Mediterranean areas, making the winters snowier and the summers cooler. People from the capital of Tirana like to come up to Korcë for summer getaways. This town has so much toContinue reading “Top 5 Places to See in Korcë, Albania”

Christ and the Chapel Above the City

Nothing. I walked into the stone chapel and felt nothing, of course. Two days after my arrival in Albania, my brother Freeman and sister in law Natalie drove me up the hill to see the large white cross and the small stone chapel overlooking the city of Korce. We parked the car in the lotContinue reading “Christ and the Chapel Above the City”