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ItinerArts 4:41am, 11 February 2007
As I'm in Taiwan, my photo year will begin on February 17th--Chinese New Year, the Year of the Pig.
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Dragonhide 11 years ago
Aww .
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago

10-10: Detail, men's room, Tirana.

There are three Elvises in my classes. I asked the students if Elvis is a common name in Albania and they replied, Yes. I then asked if it is an Albanian name and they replied, No-- they are all named after Elvis Presley.
friuduric 11 years ago
*snort*

OK, I guess I assumed too much about Albanian culture based on one cool building.

--Imperatrix
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ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
friuduric--Still, better than the thousands of Britneys who have probably appeared in the U.S. in the past few years.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Keep up the good work - watching with vagabond interest...

CollardGreens: Oops!
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago

10-11: Might the preceding illustration be more profitably considered as a question of teleology or psychology? Discuss.
Mmmm hard to say maybe I'll go with teleology
sunshinecity 11 years ago
why did the rooster cross the road???

LOL... lmao @ Elvis names...
Meelifluous PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Meelifluous (member) 11 years ago
Hmmm, it'd be better if the rooster had on blue suede shoes. . .

BTW - the name Nicholas Beckett is wonderful.
friuduric 11 years ago
What? Professor, I thought the quiz today was going to be on the Agricultural Imperative!

I totally studied the wrong material. (I am so gonna fail this course.)

--Imperatrix
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Dragonhide 11 years ago
*scratching head*

hah!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Hey, I tripped over this.. and thought of you.

Maybe you could get some ideas for your new pad from this

www.flickr.com/photos/chanadaal/sets/72157594450233060/

:-)
I am away for one month and you and Helen go ahead and have a beautiful baby and then you are in Albania. Wow.

Congratulations on that little sweetheart.
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
Mee-- Thanks! I like it, too.

Imperatrix-- See me in my office, please.

Jallen--Thanks! Too bad it's too late for the "bachelor pad."

La Ma--Thanks!
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago

10-12: Mobile pumpkin vendor.

This week I discovered Skype-- talked to Helen for 2 hours in the evening.
friuduric 11 years ago
Skype is fabulous! And has gotten so much better in the past year (no more echo-y calls). I recently found out that Ebay owns Skype (WTF?)

--Imperatrix
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ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
Welcome
10-13: Passed this doorway and wondered what was inside....
Probably is the entrance to a parallel universe full of bizarre versions of ourselves.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
dank dank dank...

Skype rocks ! We can talk to the kids free AND with video !! Good stuff.
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
Horse
10-14: Albanian horse.
ItinerArts 11 years ago

10-15: I took this one to show Helen that I'm getting too skinny--I haven't been to the gym in weeks.

There are frequent power cuts here--usually about an hour a day. Fortunately, they usually occur at about the same time each day, which helps me avoid beng plunged into darkness when cooking or taking a shower.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
aww noo.... you really hadn't head of it yet? Darn it, if I'd have known, I'd have told you about it sooner! It's simply awesome isn't it?

You need some home made italian cooking methinks...
eelend PRO 11 years ago
mmmm and spanish cooking, too

i think sunshine and me could cook a big meal for some flickr friends some day
;)


eelend's 2007
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago

10-16: 67?
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago

10-17: Happy one-month birthday to Nicholas. Wish I could be there.
Natacha.troiscafes 11 years ago
Oh !!!! ... happy birthday !
how beautiful he looks like !
sunshinecity 11 years ago
aww adorable cutipie!!
I bet you miss him and Helen like crazy!!
Really expresive eyes
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
When do they follow you to Albania ? With communication as it is it helps to soften the times away.
ItinerArts 11 years ago
CG-- Helen is still dealing with all the unfinished business in Taipei, which is taking longer than expected, plus it takes longer for her to get a visa. (I can just show up at the airport with my passport.)

I HOPE in 10 days or so.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Interesting pictures from Tirana - contrast that school building with the dank doorway. Next time you pass that way, step inside and let us know what's there. Oct 11 - cock of the walk? Skype sure eases the pain of being apart. Happy one-month celebration to young Nikolaos (Greek/Albanian spelling).
friuduric 11 years ago
That doorway is straight from a horror flick.

I think it's funny that for you not going to the gym = getting too skinny. I think for most people I know, not going to the gym = getting a bit tubby. ;-)

Nicholas *is* looking so alert. Here's hoping the visas come through SOON!

--Imperatrix
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ItinerArts 11 years ago

10-18: I discovered this Chinese restaurant. It was closed for renovation, but I got a menu from the Chinese owner, who spoke no English and was surprised and impressed by my wretched Mandarin. Helen said if she goes, it will probably turn into a political debate.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
lmao... I can just imagine the scene with Helen and the owner busy talking it up!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
and I'll help cook Spanish! I've gotten pretty good at Paella over an open fire :)

One month, ALREADY? Here's to hoping your family gets reunited SOON... That must be so difficult for you, no wonder you've lost weigh. :(
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
The Chinese are everywhere! I'm sure there are many Chinese clothing shops there, as there are all over Greece.
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
Jallen-- It hasn't been a month that we've been apart yet; I left Taipei on Oct.3.
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Tiranastreet
10-19: Mercedes, Mercedes, Mercedes.... Maybe 50% of the cars here.

View of the main street, which runs on both sides of the river.
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago

10-20: Office supplies. I was obviously short of inspiration.
ItinerArts 11 years ago

10-21: People here spend a lot of time in cafes. A good place to mark student work.
Glow* 11 years ago
coffe looks nice !
friuduric 11 years ago
10/19: At least they're not Yugos, right?

10/20: I think even without "inspiration", your photos come out great.

10/21: Add a gingerbread cookie, and it's perfect!

--Imperatrix
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sunshinecity 11 years ago
as short as you might have been for inspiration, I love the pencil and paper clip shot!!
Might like to check out the Office Porn group.... it's pretty neat!
ReeBeckiSupergirl PRO 11 years ago
That coffee looks delicious...I need to go to the cafe now.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
What was in the empty shot glass? Sambuco? Goes so well with espresso, made for each other. I like the austerity of your office shot, the white background, and I also liked the wide main street shot, with Venetian-style buildings in the background.
The office suplies are quite creative even so the missing inspiration.
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
Rob--There was nothing (liquid) in it. Here, the waiter will often place your bill in the little glass.
ItinerArts 11 years ago
The key
10-22: Key.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Ah yes! We use the same system here (or should do). The till slip in the glass.
friuduric 11 years ago
Are you the Key Master?

--Imperatrix
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ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago

10-23: Another day, another cafe.
At least this one has a cookie
Dragonhide 11 years ago
*giggles at Imperia's reference to ghostbusters*

That picture is private... btw, Itiner.. you prolly know that by now, we cant even see it here.

Anyway. It looks like you are acclimatizing to your new surroundings. How are you getting along communication/language-wise?
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
The market - what about the street markets, surely there are weekly/daily fresh markets in this region. There is always something to take a photo of there...I'll do it this sunday...(alors en principe).

I would love to take a vagabond ride through - east eu was a hub of aristocracy not so long ago and I think the design and buildings reflect this heritage??
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Great pics!

And I note that Eelend said "I think sunshine and me could cook a big meal for some flickr friends some day"...

Great pics, loved the one from the mobile pumpkin seller...
ItinerArts 11 years ago
CG--Yes, there are fruit/vegetable markets and vendors; I should get some shots.
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Taiwan
10-24: This food-entertainment center in the middle of Tirana is known as "Taiwan." No one can explain why.
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
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10-25: General goods shop in Tirana. See my comments on 10-10.
ItinerArts 11 years ago
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10-26: Cafe across from the American embassy.
Nice
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
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10-27: Albania doesn't have so many foreigners and is pretty racially homogenous, and Helen has been a little concerned about being cut off from her language & culture and being the only obviously foreign face in town. I sent her this shot to prove there areat least 2 non-white guys here in Tirana.
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
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10-28: Helen sent this photo by e-mail today. He keeps getting cuter without me....
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Bar Kennedy !!

Cuter by the day...for sure.
Really cute
Jissy 11 years ago
I've really enjoyed catching up with your diary and your adventures in Tirana- must be so hard to be away from Nicolas- how much longer do you have to be apart from them?

And your boy is adorable- love his sparkly eyes!
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
Jissy-- At least another week... visa issues...
sunshinecity 11 years ago
totally adorable! Biteable, as we say here in Italian...
Woudl you believe we'd eat little children?
LOL
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Sunshine-- OK... I guess we'll go to Hungary instead....
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
It's been interesting to catch up here!

He really IS cute.... I'd love to bite him too! :)
Erica Day by Day 2007
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
More interesting views of life in Tirana. Interesting to me to see similarities and differences in neighbouring countries.
friuduric 11 years ago
I can understand Helen's concern. But Tirana is the capital, right? So hopefully there won't be too many double-takes and weird behavior.

Nicholas is definitely staying cute! How much longer until they can come, do you know?

--Imperatrix
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ItinerArts 11 years ago

10-29: Kitsch of the day-- fake flowers.
ItinerArts 11 years ago

10-30: Mosque of Et'hem Bey and clock tower. In the center of Tirana.
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago

10-31: One corner of the Halloween party. Raj, a colleague from India, with an Albanian devil and witch.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Colourful fakes! And that is a graceful mosque and especially minaret. Most of the minarets in Greece have been torn down, although there remain buildings that were recognisably mosques. Is this one still used as a place of worship?
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Nice peek into your world...

Here's hoping there is no further delay and you are reunited with your loved ones!
Creepy fellows if you ask me
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
Rob--Sadly, most of the old Turkish architecture in the city center was torn down by the dictatorship. This is really all that's left. It's still a placeof worship, but very few Albanians are practicing Muslims.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I like the perspective on the mosque...and the colors too...please keep up the local photos - very interesting insight.

CollardGreens: Oops!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Hey... that's no reason to not visit LOL... I hear most people are turning vegeterian anyways LOL
Glad you got to have some Halloween fun even in Tirana!
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
Pig
11-1: In the wee wee wee hours.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
ok scary stuff! lol
Talking about the year of the pig
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Hahaha awesome mask, man!!!

(um, it's a mask, right? :-))
Loca.... 11 years ago
Eh eh... you seem to have had a great time.
:))
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Marc is right...it is possible to drive there and not too far really when you think about it...probably 10 hours or so from Munich...nice mask -
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
Have you had a chance to listen to much Albanian music. The traditional stuff is fantastic--a capella polyphonic groups; but the Albanian gypsy music is wild!

If you haven't had a chance, if Laver Bariu is still performing or Ensemble Tirana. ........
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
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11-2: Sign: "Chinese goods."

I discovered a cluster of small and rather dingy Chinese shops on the opposite side of Tirana. I looked inside one, and the grumpy owner asked in Albanian what I wanted; "Just looking," I replied in English, which he didn't understand, then he was taken aback by my awful Chinese. He asked where I learned it and I told him "Taipei." He replied, "Oh, Chinese Taipei." When I told Helen, she said she should walk down that block carrying a big Taiwanese flag.
ItinerArts 11 years ago
cafes
11-3: Cafes everywhere!
At least they're not starbuks's
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
Door
11-4: Just a scene from a small alley in an old district of Tirana.
lovely
ReeBeckiSupergirl PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ReeBeckiSupergirl (member) 11 years ago
Oh! This is fantastic! I love the composition.
friuduric 11 years ago
That's a wonderful alley shot.

It looks like it is still warm out there, huh?

--Imperatrix
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CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I too like the old town shot...perhaps a wrinkly old man sitting on the scooter...in my mind's eye anyway.
Jissy 11 years ago
so its been more than a week- hope there is some progress on the Visa front! I am loving this last pic- think it would be gorgeous framed on a wall!
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
friuduric-- It's actually very chilly: 2 degrees celcius last night.

Jissy-- Still waiting....

LaMa-- I've heard a bit. There seem to be 2 traditional categories: Greek-sounding dance music and polka-beat stuff with accordian that reminds me of Mexico. I'll look up the groups you mentioned.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
i love the beat up scooter!
ItinerArts 11 years ago
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11-5: Albania has 3.5 million people. 15 years ago, there were only 600 cars in the whole country, all driven by high-ranking communist party officials. The streets of Tirana were full of horses and donkeys. Since then, the population of Tirana has more than tripled, and there are hundreds of thousands of cars in the overcrowded streets. The few rare horses still to be seen are pulling carts of the Roma (Gypsies) as they scavenge for recylable materials.

This photo was taken from my office building.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Ah, I see that Tirana has the same traffic and parking problems that I was describing in Zakynthos in yesterday's shot, uploaded about the same time as yours. Same syndrome, very few cars 20 years ago, now everyone has one. There are 100's of thousands of Albanians working in Greece, and they all send money home to support family, buy cars in Greece and take them back to Albania, and go back in winter to build a house before coming back to work in Zakynthos again in the summer. A doctor told me that 8 of 10 babies born in the local hospital are to Albanian mothers. Very few Greeks work in the building trade any more, all is done by Albanians. All of the public works done for the Athens 2004 Olympics was done with immense overtime by Albanian workers.
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