Vacation In Albania

Editorial / June 18, 2010

Ky postim ekziston gjithashtu në Vesionin Shqip

A few days ago, I was thinking to dedicate a considerable place in our magazine’s editorial to the talented youngsters, those who are transporting the image of their own country to some thousands kilometres away. But it did not happen so! Today I would like to talk about vacations. Simply vacations, especially those spent in Albania. This is not only because I am a nationalist but because I would like to remind once again that Albania is a small paradise which is unfortunately not yet certified as so. Such thoughts had occupied my mind when some of my friends left Tirana lately to spend a weekend in the South. Surely when one is caught by the daily job routine, he/she forgets how beautiful Albania is. Not much is needed to find out all the reasons inside us why this country should be loved. This does not mean that all the tourists who decide to travel to Albania will find resurfaced roads with nice pavements and white neon lights. Unfortunately we run even into some roads, which make us curse ourselves for taking the initiative to visit such places. That was my experience with Qafe-Shtama, a fairytale-like place with springs flowing everywhere but without roads to extinguish our thirst with their fresh water. Whoever likes to explore such places, should forget about luxurious cars if they still want to drive theirs for some more time. However, there is still hope that this country is viewed under a new light. This is in the air when you travel to Vlora. You can see that this place is wonderful to be seen as you understand that Albania lacks a proper promotion. Little time is needed to convince your friends to visit the Monastery of Zvërnec. Some of them, may be even from Vlora, who though live not far from this breathtaking place, have no idea that the road leading there is resurfaced and that you can travel to the destination place smoothly and comfortably. “The Monastery is an isle!”, – said to me one of my friends, hurrying to add that in fact, Albania does not have only the three isles of Ksamil and that of Sazan. So much impressive is something else. The sea takes the emerald’s colours here and there while in most of the cases, it is simply blue. On the way to there, people run into cars with foreign number plates mainly from Macedonia. They are exploring the Albanian coast for two years now. One time was enough for them to get to know this place and then… There are exactly the foreigners who, besides their cars, take small boats with them to fully enjoy the place. In fact, that’s what the Albanian coast is considerably miss- ing. This is more evident when one holidays on Saranda’s beaches. Kilometres away, innumerable yachts move on the other side of the coast conveying the idea of freedom and well-being. In spite of that, Albania offers you the necessary abundance: a good food to taste… This food is cooked so masterly and offered at tempting prices. But what is missing is a good service. Sometimes, the waiters do not listen, or they bring something you have not ordered. However, they remain polite and willing to make you leave the restaurants with a good impression. The impression of an Italian tourist makes me welcome to our country all those people, who are flying with Albanian Airlines or others who are reading our magazine in various public places. After he visited the small fortress of Ali Pasha in Porto-Palermo, he said that if he would be asked where the paradise is, he would surely reply “In Porto Palermo.” What I like most is that differently from some years ago, the vehicles are no longer driven on some bumpy roads fearing to be turned in to a wreck from one moment to the other. All these reasons, which might look insignificant, make me invite all of you to turn your eyes to Albania. Peaceful and soft like a woman, who is aware of her values, this country knows how to allure the people. Explore it!

Ky postim ekziston gjithashtu në Vesionin Shqip


Irena Shabani
Is an Albanian freelance journalist and human rights activist specialising in investigative journalism. She co-founded Panorama, the leading newspaper in Albania, where she served as managing editor from 2002 to 2003. Prior to Panorama she was a journalist at Shekulli and Gazeta Shqiptare and has been part of the Albanian Human Rights Group from its beginning. She has collaborated on programmes for the International Research and Exchanges Board, investigating topics involving crime and political corruption and continues to collaborates with foreign organisations and local media focused on social problems and minority rights.

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