Tirana Travel Blog› entry 11 of 18 › view all entries
I had imagined I would leave quite early in the morning from Tirana. But instead I start talking to one of the people who is running the place I am staying. It is always a bit surreal to talk to people who lived during the communist era - life back then were just so different from anything I have been used to in my lifetime.
He was just a kid during the former regime - but back then when he was 10 years old he had to get up at
As we are talking something happens to the ashtray - it was empty when we started talking - but by now it is almost full holding about half a pack of cigarettes buts and ashes.
After we talked I got convinced I should do one last piece of sightseeing in Tirana before I am leaving. I want to go to an old cemetery just south of the town. Out there are the old partisan heroes from the war buried and on top of the hill is a big statue of Mother Albania. Hoxha used to be buried here as well - after all he was the supreme comrade and he was actually also the supreme commander of the Albanian resistance during the war. But after the fall of the communism he was dug up of the ground and removed to another cemetery on the other side of the town.
If gets time for me to leave town and go to the bus station which is somewhere down along the river. I guess it is only a nice short walk. Or maybe not but I get there eventually.