A family escapes Europe’s most oppressive communist regime. No big deal, right?
Although neglected, destroyed, and forgotten many communist era monuments can still be seen today. Will these monuments survive or will they continue to erode from the Albanian landscape and Albanian consciousness?
The tale of the tortoise’s magic leaf, Medical science from the mountains, and the tale of the ugly sister are some of my favorite folklore from Edith Durham’s “High Albania”
In 1908, the people of northern Albania, specifically those who resided in the mountains, lived much as they had since antiquity. Foreign empires came and went but seldom did the conquerors possess the effort or the incentive to conquer the “wild tribes” of the north. In this way, Northern Albania had come to be seen by those of Western Europe as “the Land of the Living Past.”
The trip between my city and the capital is 5 hours of curvy roads high in the mountains. This leaves you with lots of time to look out the window. One day I noticed that outside of the town Burrel there are bridges in the middle of nowhere. Giant concrete monstrosities 100 feet high.
Imagine you’re sitting in a freezing classroom in a foreign country trying to learn a difficult language. Suddenly the class is interrupted by a distant yet very loud explosion. You […]
Prime Minister of Albania Sali Berisha conceded defeat tonight. His defeat marks the end of the two decade post-communist era that has, for better or worse, been defined by him […]