Albania


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1st July 2015 – Mamallapuram, India The memories will remain etched for ever Of a year that went by in poetry and pics. But its not the places that will spring to mind. Its only – and always – the people who will stick. I thought this day would never come, but it’s day 365 today!   Its been 35 countries (and Kosovo), spread across 3 different continents. With 21 international flights, 23 international border crossings by land and couchsurfing in 20 countries. Riding a motorbike through 12000 km of the indian subcontinent, including the cold Himalayan roads of Nepal and […]

Project 365: Day 365 – That’s all, ladies and gentlemen!


Pyramida of Tirana, Albania
7th May 2015 – Tirana, Albania I finally got around to visiting Tirana’s prized possession. One that was built in glory, and then crumbled to ruin. People come and go, and so do short-lived governments. But all that remains of their rule, is their own doing. This morning saw me waking up early, to go to Tirana’s bus station and buy a ticket for my onward journey. Took a slightly different path on my way, intent on passing by one structure which everybody in Albania tells me to see. The Deshmore e Kombit, or the International centre of culture, was built in 1987 […]

Project 365: Day 310 – Albania has a pyramid too!


Tirana park on the artificial lake, in albania 4
6th May 2015 – Tirana, Albania Little rabbit. Tricks are for kids. And so are the mosques and clock towers. You must play with more artificial lakes To be counted among Balkan’s powers. I played the typical tourist today, trotting through Tirana. Hows that to begin a post with alliteration? I was staying in Tirana’s trendy Blloku area, which is pretty much the centre of the whole town. So, I took a walk to the clock tower, and the Ethem Bey Mosque, but found nothing new considering that I have seen grander clock towers in Warsaw, and grander mosques in Istanbul. But […]

Project 365: Day 309 – Swinging by an artificial lake



Luna park in Tirana, Albania
5th May 2015 – Tirana, Albania The greek legends are fine and dandy, But restlessness creeps into me, like fine liquor. I have little time left on my Europe visa, So, I am off again. Into the Balkans. Much quicker. Last night, I took a bus from Athens to Tirana. What awaited me was a 14 hour long bus drive. Well, the distance was manageable, if only I could sleep through it. But I kept getting woken up by toilet breaks, dinner breaks, supper breaks and breakfast breaks. And then the border crossing at Kakavia, where I had my first Shengen area […]

Project 365: Day 308 – I am in Tirana. Balkans, baby!


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This was the first post of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 1st July 2014 – Singapore From dust we rose and to dust we shall go And dust is […]

Project 365: Day 0 – The beginning