Albania

June 5, 2011

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

Wash day at an Albanian village


While Albania was the poorest of the Balkan countries, it did not seem as impoverished as those to prior photos of a horse-drawn cart and washing clothes by the river would suggest.

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

Great graffiti
This modern pyramid in Tirana was to be a museum and mausoleum for Albania's brutal communist dictator Hoxha, but when I was there it had become a gloriously vandalized place where kids trample on his ersatz tomb.