Travel to Albania
• Albania Travel
Albania wants to leave forever immediately after crossing the border. In principle, such a desire arises when you visit many countries. The uniqueness of Albania is that this desire does not disappear with time.
Forget everything you know about Europe, if you are traveling to Albania - the country to Europe only geographically belongs.
After the collapse of the socialist regimes of Eastern Europe and the elimination of the Albanian socialist republic new authorities have chosen liberal course. The Soviet system of permits, certifications and regulatory bodies was essentially dismantled and public long-awaited economic freedom was granted. The results of this can be seen today in Albania with the naked eye:
We talk to Ghent - the only way he considers representative of the creative class in Albania "Here are all live in families and clans Can you do not know how to do (which characterizes the majority of the population), but you have to be part of the family and clan. . All therefore live in large heaps, and when I was 10 years ago, told the parents that I would shoot myself separate apartment, all were in shock. They believed that with me that something is wrong! " Now Gent after many years of work as a translator at the international organizations in Tirana is trying to promote a web-design. Initiative does not meet a lot of understanding among potential customers, that is. To. The majority limited to the creation of the page in Feysbuke.
Virtual elimination of the licensing system in the construction led to the fact that the owners of the apartments began to build up and expand their balconies, and the happy occupants of the first floor and did add illegal extensions, grabbing the pavement:
The level of real unemployment in Albania, according to some experts, up to 40%, and gaining employment can in practice only through family ties and clan. Some clans are better than others - the right family name still defines much of Albania: on which side your salary will differ from the average of 250 euros per month, before you and I will talk to traffic police.
Illegal markets occupy city squares:
permeates all corruption over the past 20 years, again gave rise to the phenomenon, which is almost finished by the communist regime - a blood feud. Deliberate killing of one member of the family / clan leads to the fact that the clan is obliged to kill the murderer or his family member - otherwise the family loses their status in society. As a rule, does not end here, that is. To. The killer's family begins to take revenge too. It can reach up to the fact that all men die in both clans. "It would be logical to stop, killing the killer seems to be a negative one -. All converges, revenge accomplished, you can go home, but for some reason so few turns They must have something with mathematics.." - sad joke Ghent.
Stray dogs have become one of the signs of Albania:
In Albania, all signs of poor Asian countries: stray dogs, broken-slum houses, seized private business public space, the intricacies of wires in the streets, garbage and natural markets. In this case, all the right laws exist, but they are not enforced: in cafes and restaurants all as smoky ( "But no longer smoke in city buses but" - says Gent), car parked in several rows on the sidewalks, and in any place there is an illegal advertising . Illicit trade:
Road traffic is a chaos of cars, pedestrians and cyclists traveling in all directions:
Another resident of Tirana, Sokol says, "I tried to speak with the owner of the restaurant who put tables on the sidewalk, and people are forced to leave the road and risking my life, I asked him to explain why he did Does he not understand what it is.. everybody's way ?? He told me that he does not know that some customers like to sit on the sidewalk, but this is our sidewalk -. me and another two million Albanians! " Falcon did not stop talking, and made a statement to the police. "They looked at me like I was crazy, turned away and just left! You do not need anything to anyone!" Six months later, the tables and standing in the same place.
Here the sidewalks are busy with fish:
A typical street near the center of Tirana - no asphalt, lighting, sidewalks, and travel along it by car is fraught with serious damage:
10 years ago, the mayor of Tirana became Albanian immigrant artist from London. Having inherited a city with huge problems in almost everything he did not find anything better than to paint Soviet five-story building in the center in a different color. "He was a draftsman, and that's done, he can," - joking Ghent. Our homegrown urbanists recently admired how he changed the face of great dull Soviet city. "It's just tasteless - to paint it all in cheerful colors Instead, he virtually eliminated a system of permits for the construction, resulting in Tirana became similar to the Asian shanty-town, filled with illegal buildings is to call into the yard -!. There's just no place for all . there is not even built on house numbering If I need to get to a certain address, I had to call and ask friends to come across. "- says another Falcon. Mayor emigre was not talented nugget of Bohemia, and the heir of a powerful clan party. Now the former mayor became the Prime Minister of Albania, and the five-story building 10 years later again and peeling are a sad reminder of how dangerous amateurs to operate:
The tanks on roofs accumulate tap water, which is fed on schedule. There are great restaurants generators - power outages are also not uncommon.
Another characteristic of Albania, which is hard to find anywhere else in Europe, people are digging in the trash. This Roma who have traditionally engaged in the collection and sorting of plastic waste:
As in Cairo there its like the city scavengers. We accidentally got there at night, wandering around in a car on rough urban cuttings to find the right address. Finally, at the end of the street there is dark glow - a Roma harness them unnecessary garbage. Not being included in the clan system in Albania, Roma became the default lower class of the local community. Murad's family lived in this place for over 100 years:
already sorted the trash:
During all this time they have managed to build only a primitive huts made of pieces of roofing and metal found in landfills wooden parts. Heating is carried out using small stoves:
Authorities regularly promised resettlement in a more comfortable housing, but so far nothing is happening. When he left, we leave the children chocolates, which they greedily pounce.
Murad with family
Most of the working population is employed in agriculture, and has only the most basic education. It leaves its mark on the appearance and the mentality of the local people: severe frowning faces, black leather jacket and gopnicheskoe behavior unmistakably recognizable by those who lived in Russia in the 90s. Such repulsive people I have not seen more than in any other country. Try to find at least one is a nice person:
Trying to find on the navigator a cozy coffee shop with internet in the center of Tirana (McDonald's or BurgerKinga not here), I do not find among the dozens of names no one where we would like to go: in the eyes dazzled by Café "Sport", "Maria", " Valentino "and" Mercedes. " "Mercedes," especially. "In Albania, there is no any special cult" Mercedes "Just Mercedes -.... It's a good machine Since many cars are stolen in Europe, that is to the government does not ask questions about the origin of the car, then why not steal a Mercedes, if the machine is still comes for free, "- Gent explains.
In 2010, the citizens of Albania visa-free travel to the Schengen area has been resolved.