Tirana Travel Blog› entry 16 of 24 › view all entries
July 23rd, 2008 – by: cneoridium
The first thing we found here was that Albanians are really nice. We stopped in a cafe, ordered a coffee, and after some debate, reluctantly asked the waiter if there was any chance of leaving our huge backpacks there, just for a minute, while we searched for a place to stay. "No problem" was the immediate answer, and they disappeared behind the bar. Later, the guy wouldn't even accept a tip.
Our first mission was to find a way to get from here to Croatia and get some reservations and tickets.
We explored the rest of downtown, the headed to the local bus station to ride down to Durres, on the coast, less than an hour away. On the way we visited a market, basically a street that they had closed to traffic and covered with an aluminum roof for quite a distance, as it winds back between buildings. For some reason, they sell enormous numbers of shoes. I mean, there were shoes as far as you could see, on the ground, on tables, hanging from every surface.... Albanians must really love shoes.
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