June 5, 2011

Walking along a road on the Albanian side of Lake Ohrid, I met this friendly farm couple.

Wash day by an Albania village

Albania was the poorest of these Balkan countries
but was not as backward as one might have imagined.

Albanians were friendly. For example, these guys (all entering
a police academy) invited me to join them for dinner and drinks.

This modern pyramid in Tirana was to be a museum and mausoleum
for Albania's brutal communist dictator Hoxha, but it's now a
wonderfully vandalized place where kids trample on his ersatz tomb.