Our first building in Albania - not a good omen at this early stage!
James sorts out our insurance at this very high tech 'office'.
After an ordeal getting into Tirana, James gets handy in the kitchen making burgers for the bbq.
BBQ for Greg's (far left) 19th birthday. Joined by Elka and Juliet (German and living in Tirana); Fraiser (in Tirana working on a thesis); and Claas and Lira (hostel owners).
Mechanic sorts out the twisted steering on my bike, following small accident, and charges nothing - bonus!
Sampling a spinach filled pastry - a local speciality.
George Bush street and the dodgiest scaffolding in the world (see high rise behind) - only in Tirana!
Er, James watch out, you're about to get run over...
No real rules in Albania; you want to ride your motorbike on the pavement, you ride your motobike on the pavement!
Under scaffolding but still impressive - classic Soviet tableau.
Shopping for flipflops in the bazaar... hard to find among the high heels that Albanian women seems to favour!
Tirana's almighty river.
Just half of Hoxha's old house in the Blloku district. The Communists lived here in luxury while the rest of the people had no idea.
James orders a bitter lemon... clearly lost in translation!
Trying to water it down with my iced tea.
View from the Sky Tower (it's not very high!) The only green space in the city!
Open air book stall. We spot a book by Hoxha (cruel Albanian dictator) entitled 'Stalin and Me'. Sounds like a lovely read.
James updates the diary in the Youth Park.
Random grandad takes grandson round the park. No seat, no helmet. Albania style.
The Opera is a building site but that doesn't mean it's closed to the public.
The local neighbourhood.
The road to our hostel.
Dinner at a place recommended by the hostel owners.
We cooked at the hostel the last two nights, honest!!
Tirana goes crazy - flares and fireworks in the street - after Champions League final. Albania has massive German and Italian connections so the town was split 50/50.