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Tirana, Albania

Tirana, the capital of Albania, is going through profound changes. Old and dilapidated collective dormitories stand side by side with tastefully renovated boutiques. Some of the major intersections have been torn open as part of road construction plan, sending dust to fly in the air. The average salary of a city dweller is said to be between 250 to 550, the streets are full of second-hand Mercedes cars. The main boulevard, the King Zog 1 and Martyrs of the Nations, with the Skanderbeg Square in the middle, is the heart of this metropolis of over 1 million people in a country of 3.5 million. A visitor from China can easily gets stared at in a crowd and the presence of a foreigner still causes visible unease among the Tirana residents, especially when being photographed . Once the initial language barrier overcome, the Greek and Italian being the most widely spoken foreign tongues, however, I've been greeted with warmth and genuine feeling of friendship. While not exactly a top tourist destination, a short stay is still quite a novel experience for anyone looking for vestiges of a bygone era.
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Skanderbeg Square
Skanderbeg Square
King Zog 1 Boulevard
King Zog 1 Boulevard
Et Hem Beu Mosque
Et Hem Beu Mosque
Mosque Entrance
Mosque Entrance
Mosque Interior
Mosque Interior
Skanderbeg Statue
Skanderbeg Statue
Skanderbeg Statue
Skanderbeg Statue
National History Museum
National History Museum
Adolecents renting bikes
Adolecents renting bikes
A City Bus, taken straight from Rome streets
A City Bus, taken straight from Rome streets
Government Ministries, the most elegant buildings in town
Government Ministries, the most elegant buildings in town
One of the ubiquitous second-hand Mercedes cars
One of the ubiquitous second-hand Mercedes cars
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