Albania is not normally near the top of a person’s ‘to visit’ list, but for us it is. For most people, their knowledge of Albania extends to the bad guys from Taken and / or Voldemort spending some time in the forests recovering strength.
My Handsome Man lived in Albania for two years; he was assigned to work there when he volunteered for charity work within our church. He soon grew to love the country, the food and the people. Ever since we started dating, he has talked about visiting Albania as a couple to show me around this country that he loves, and experience together its wonderful culture.
When My Handsome Man was assigned to Albania, the church organisation within the country was incredibly small. A couple of years on and the organisation has grown considerably. About the time of our one year wedding anniversary, a meeting was to be held in Albania commemorating the growth of the church, we decided to have a honeymoon / one year anniversary trip / commemorative meeting trip all in one. We stayed with our close friends in Albania and they were amazing hosts. Our days were filled with activities and sights to explore.
1- My Handsome Man is popular in Albania.
It was an amazing experience to see My Handsome Man in a country that he loves so much, but also to see how many people remembered him. I had the opportunity to listen as they spoke about the impact he has made on their lives and see the love that they have for this amazing man I married.
2- Albanian people have hearts of gold.
We were inundated with offers for dinner appointments, invitations to explore with others, and places to stay that there was no possible way we could visit with everyone.
3- Natural red hair is uncommon in Albania.
As a natural red-head it was hard to blend in. People would turn and look at me on the street because my hair colour is so uncommon there.
4- Tall women are uncommon in Albania.
I am about 5’7” – although not incredibly tall I am above average height for Albanian women. This combined with natural red hair meant that I didn’t walk down a street without someone turning to watch me.
5- Albania is a really colourful place.
6- Road laws are optional.
We hired a car in Albania, and I am grateful that it was My Handsome Man driving and not me! Albanians don’t believe in queuing, if they can get there before you, they will. There doesn’t seem to be a set amount of lanes on a road; it felt like mass chaos in cars.
7- Every culture has different rules and customs.
I knew this before my trip to Albania but it was emphasised to me as there were a couple of things that would be considered acceptable in England, and highly rude in Albania and vice versa.
8- We are incredibly lucky living in the U.K.
9- Albanian food is delicious.
Albanians know how to cook a meal. They often spend the day preparing, baking and cooking with mouth-watering results. We also ate out often, allowing me to try all the Albanian treats.