Getting settled into Tirana
Over the weekend, I’ve spent a lot of time with the folks I’ll be working with on the campaign discussing the website and online efforts, but also just getting to know each other.
We’ve eaten at a few decent restaurants where I’m starting to get a sample of the Albanian cuisine. I had meatballs on Friday night, which were good but nothing like my Mom’s. Yesterday, I had a traditional chicken and stuffing meal, similar to what we have at Thanksgiving, along with some Albanian cheeses and different pepper appetizers. While at this restaurant, I wish I had my camera because the restaurant is by a large park and a herd of sheep went grazing by my window. I’ve heard a few stories (good and bad) about eating bear meat, so I’ll have to give that a try before I leave.
As you can probably tell by some of my photos, the traffic here is interesting to say the least. No one really abides by the lanes, meanwhile stop signs and traffic lights almost seem optional. It’s not just the drivers though – pedestrians walk out in front of cars anywhere on the street instead of at cross walks. I’ve been in a taxi that comes within inches of other vehicles in roundabouts or pedestrians crossing the street. It’s a little nerve racking at first but somehow they don’t actually have that many accidents in the city. All in all, I thought South Florida traffic was bad, but it’s not even close.
I’ve started working on some new website designs, which would be coming along nicely if I can just shake off this “designers block.” That’s the extent of my weekend. Nothing too exciting – just getting settled in.