Doing a good deed

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The Mangalem district

I start the morning early walking up a hill just behind Gorica where I stayed the night. If I thought the city of Berat were a secluded from tourist this place is absolutely deserted. There is sort of a trail - or maybe there is no trail at all - I am not sure if I am actually following a trail or just walking up the hill at a random place.

 

On the hill it is clear spring is coming to Albania now - on the back side of the hill are some orchards with some trees in bloom. I got no clue what it is - but I guess it is some sort of fruit - what else could it be? The last trees meant I got a bit of the trail - that is if I actually was on the trail in the first place.

Old church on the hill opposit from where I stayed
I get back to the trail and continue up the hill. I finally get to the end of the trail. And there is what I was aiming for - some ancient ruins of an Illyrian fortress. But there is not much up there - there are only a few stones spread around the top of the hill - some of which is still in place as sort of a foundation of the old fortress. I can’t say I am really disappointed because I thought of new there would be nothing much left of the fortress. I went up for the view in the first place - and from up here I can look out at the large part of Berat - you can see big parts of both Mangalem and Kalasa district of Berat. And part of the walls of Kalasa on the top of the other hill on the opposite side of the river. From up here I see the first part of graffiti which is indicating some fondness of the old time - somebody has painted Enver on a part of the wall of the fortress. I am not sure if it is people who would like the communist back or just somebody who could not find something more intelligent to paint. I walk around for a while taking in the view and then it is time to walk down - I find another trail down the hill. Ok I am not sure if it is actually a trail or part of a stream running down the hill.

 

The trail is pretty steep and when I walk down the hill I meet a little fellow hiker - a tiny tortoise - unfortunately it has had some problems on the hill and is just laying on the hill with its feet pointing up in the air.

Gorica district
I decide to do a good deed and turn the tortoise back on its feet - after turning the tortoise I wait for it to come back out from its shell but it don’t. I seems like it is scared coming out with me standing too close - so I take a few steps back and the tortoise comes out and starts to walk very slowly up the hill. I am very satisfied with my good deed - I mean how often do you make a significant contribution to the survival of the highly endangered species of Albanian tortoises? Yeah sure maybe I exaggerate my effort but come on I still have not had breakfast so I feel I can brag about saving a tortoise.

 

I get back to get some breakfast and try to figure out how I can continue on my trip from here. It turns out a lot easier to get breakfast - it’s included - than getting on with my trip. I am not completely sure about the route but I got two different options for it. I just need a bus to get me in the right direction. But unfortunately buses in Albania leave really really really early in the morning. It turns out there will be no direct bus to any of the places I want to go. I will need to take a bus to somewhere else and get a connection from there - from this city there may or may not be a connection to the next place.

Poor tortoise - it is time for a good deed - saving a tortoise of a highly endangered species
But nobody really knows if there will be a connection today or not - it always seems a bit random. I decide I don’t want to leave to go to a place where I don’t know if I can get a connection.

 

I decide to stay and look a bit more around the city. I walk a bit around the Mangalem district going into the narrow streets and walk up to a small church just in the outskirts of the area. Up there is a bit a noise coming from the scrubs next the path - it is from four tortoises spread around the hill. So maybe the tortoise I saved earlier were not really a member of an endangered species but instead quite common. How should I know I thought the number of tortoises in Albania would be the same as at home which would make a tortoise a highly endangered species given I never seen one at home.

 

Time to get supplies and do nothing the rest of the day.

Koralifix says:
Good on you! Bet the tortoise was thankful anyway. Nice writing, by the way!
Posted on: May 06, 2009
hummingbird50 says:
Hey it is a good deed to save that poor wee tortoise...I bet he is a happy camper by now! :) Thanks for the walk:)
Posted on: May 06, 2009
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The Mangalem district
The Mangalem district
The fortress on the hill
The fortress on the hill
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Old church on the hill opposit fr…
Gorica district
Gorica district
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Poor tortoise - it is time for a …
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Still scared to come out of it sh…
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I moved away and now it is coming…
Starting to move
Starting to move
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Turning around
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Ready to run up the hill
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The fortrees on top of the hill o…
Mangalem in the early morning
Mangalem in the early morning
The fortress up at Kalasa
The fortress up at Kalasa
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One of the bastions in the wall o…
Orcard in bloom
Orcard in bloom
Orcard in bloom
Orcard in bloom
The view from the orcard
The view from the orcard
The view from the orcard
The view from the orcard
Orcard in bloom
Orcard in bloom
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Flowers on the trees
Flowers on the trees
Flowers on the trees
Orcard in bloom
Orcard in bloom
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The ancient Illyrian fortress - o…
The ancient Illyrian fortress - or…
The ancient Illyrian fortress - o…
The ancient Illyrian fortress - or…
The ancient Illyrian fortress - o…
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The top of the hill opposit the m…
The top of the hill opposit the ma…
The top of the hill opposit the m…
Mangalem district from the hill
Mangalem district from the hill
Gorica district from the hill
Gorica district from the hill
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Mangalem and Gorica and parts of t…
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New city
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Still a few who liked the old man…
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Looking down at the fortress at t…
The little church on the hill
The little church on the hill
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The walls and the bastions of Kal…
The walls and the bastions of Kala…
The walls and the bastions of Kal…
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Restaurant in Mangalem district -…
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Mangalem district
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Gorica district
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Church in Gorica district
The ancient Illyrian fortress - or…
The ancient Illyrian fortress - o…
The ancient Illyrian fortress - or…
The ancient Illyrian fortress - o…
The ancient Illyrian fortress - or…
The ancient Illyrian fortress - o…
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Little house in Gorica
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Street in Gorica
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The church next to where I stayed…
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The church next to where I stayed…
The church next to where I stayed …
The church next to where I stayed…
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Doors in Gorica
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Street in Gorica
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Houses in Gorica
Houses in Gorica
Houses in Gorica
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Local transport
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Tired horse
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The river
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Mangalem district on the other si…
Mosque in Mangalem
Mosque in Mangalem
New houses - but they still keep t…
New houses - but they still keep …
New houses - but they still keep t…
New houses - but they still keep …
The Gorica district
The Gorica district
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Houses in Gorica
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The church and the house I stayed…
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Houses in Gorica
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The little church up the hill - I…
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One tortoise
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Another tortoise
Yet another tortoise
Yet another tortoise
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Number four - ok maybe they can t…
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The little church
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