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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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What is everybody looking so interested?? (in the photo)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
fascinating look into Albania. My wife remembers very well being a youngster in Madrid, and people still using donkeys to get around.. I'm talking late 70s. I think part of the communism regimen of Franco... however after Spain government changed, they bounced back with a vengeance and is as modern as they come. Looks like that might be what's happening to Albania.

The gypsies are referred to as Roma also.. fascinating.
The gypsies refer to themelves as "roma" "gypsy is a derogatory term sort of equivalent to the word I can never say that we call African-Americans.
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
Pablo-- No se que estan mirando!

jallen-- Franco's regime was fascist, not communist-- more like Chiang Kai-Shek's right-wing dictatorship in Taiwan. In any case, oppression is oppression.

LaMa-- Very true. Everyone here says Roma. I added the parentheses just because lots of people in America and Asia have no idea what the word means.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
what contrast to see VW Beatles and horse buggies!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
I stand corrected- thank you ItinerArts... I was thinking oppression and got mixed up. My bad :)

La Maqui- you;re right... the very ultimate insult anyone could throw at my grandmother is to call her a gypsy- she migrated to America from Hungary, and does everything she can do downplay that connection.
(P Granovsky) Are you suggesting coconuts migrate? Posted 11 years ago. Edited by (P Granovsky) Are you suggesting coconuts migrate? (member) 11 years ago
It seems to me they're quite interested on something, maybe a car crash or the president was passing by.

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

11-6: Just another view of the clock tower and mosque, from across Skanderburg Square..
Nice clouds

Era de mañana o de tarde??

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CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Very nicely done indeed - just the kind of insight I like to discover. Good stuff here...

CollardGreens: Oops!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
i like the clouds!
Loca.... 11 years ago
Great colours on that sky.
:))
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Another nice urban view. Did you have the same wind that we had yesterday? 11 Beaufort, wow! I have to go go and clear away all the tree branches that fell, luckily with no damage, although a fence was blown down.
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Rob-- Windy and COLD!
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11-7: :^(
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11-8: ..........
sunshinecity 11 years ago
awwww, even a shop in her name!!!

My don't babies grow fast!!
ItinerArts 11 years ago
I know.... Too fast, when I'm not there.
It's quite a big baby, how old is he or she?

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ItinerArts 11 years ago
He was born on September 17th.
well it's a bug fellow and seems quite healthy
congratulations

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ItinerArts 11 years ago

11-9: For the last week, work on my building has started promptly at 8:00 every morning, just outside my window. So much for sleeping late.
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Wretched humans, the time of your dominion is at an end.
11-10: Wretched humans, the time of your dominion is at an end.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
I like how Helen's namesake is a place where local women buy beauty supplies.
friuduric 11 years ago
Chiming in late. I love the Nov 5 shot! As usual, lots of vibrant colors in Tirana.

--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
7 NOV...reminds me of an old story too long for here but ends in Helen Wait....as in if you need something done go to Helen wait...oh - you had to be there.
What an scary warning, specially coming from a teddy bear

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RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
You're clearly missing your loved-ones, and your son is indeed getting tall. Nov 9 is a familiar scene to me - Albanian building workers on the job. I almost recognise some of them. The team of four guys putting in our irrigation system at the moment are Albanian.
Jissy 11 years ago
ha ha- isnt it funny how when you away from and miss your loved ones you see them everywhere? lol- literally in your case! Your boy is looking good!

Hey Rob- are you trying to say all Albanians look the same? lol!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Albanian building workers do - it's their style of working.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Looking good, kid... Your boy.

I don't know how I am going to sleep tonight.. I'm going to have teddy bears tormenting me all night...
sunshinecity 11 years ago
lmao, i love that last shot of the teddy bears and such... ehhe cute line too!
hope you manage to get more sleep!
ItinerArts 11 years ago

11-11: Awhile back, I posted a shot of one of the ubiquitous Taiwanese BLUE TRUCKS. Surprise-- they're in Albania, too. Same sgade of blue, made by a Chinese company-- though here, some have 3 wheels.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Bringing new meaning to the phrase "Light Delivery Vehicle".
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
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11-13: Another shot of Nicholas, e-mailed by Helen. He's getting fatter and fatter.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
aww what an adorable little smile!!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
So the visa thing is still up in the air?? I like the little "5wheel" delivery scooters - makes perfect sense in tight spaces. Courage.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
What a smile! He seems to be saying "Hi Dad, keep your chin up, we'll be seeing you real soon".
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11-14: As is the case with some other Mediterranean counties, "efficiency" is not the first word that comes to mind when one thinks of Albania. After pestering the IT staff for a month, I finally got a printer in my office.
ItinerArts 11 years ago

11-15: I don't own a car, but if I did, buying fuel here might make me feel a little...anxious....
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Is it named after how much you have to pay to fill your tank a couple times? Some places might charge an arm and a leg...
friuduric 11 years ago
11/14: I bet the reason is took so long is that they wanted just the right "compact and stylish" model to match your office.

11/15: *snort* What is their symbol supposed to be? Is that a goat playing accordion? I just can't figure it out. (The best gas station name I had seen prior to this was Q8 stations, financed by a particular Middle Eastern government. Incredibly lame compared to this one!)

--Imperatrix
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Ohh god I don't think I'll even get near that place

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

11-16: Blatant copyright infringement-- all too common here!

I've had some serious connection problems, so I'm trying to catch up!
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11-17: I was happy to tell Helen that I found an excellent (and cheap) Chinese restauant! Here, beef fried noodles.
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11-18: Kolonat, Tirana's famous "deconstructed McDonald's."
I love chinesse food too.

The Kolonat is really strange, it reminded me when I saw the Superman stories and there was a villian called bizarre (in spanish at least) and he did everything up side down and his planet looked exactly like that.
He also sayd : hello when leaving and goodbye when arriving, so:

Hello

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11-19: More blatant copyright infringement. Why would a fast food place want to steal an internet company's logo???
ItinerArts 11 years ago

11-20: Self-portrait in bedroom mirror during power outage, holding camera and very small flashlight.

Power cuts are common here, but fortunately they usually come at predictable times. This one was a surprise.
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11-22: An American colleague invited me to a big Thanksgiving dinner at his place. Here's on corner of the room, long after dinnner and much wine.
ItinerArts 11 years ago

11-23: Musical / literary event at the National Gallery of Art. There was a lot of good wine.
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11-24: The end of mid-term exam week. I have this massive stack of essays to grade.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
wow.. I am amazed with all thse copyright violations.. makes me chuckle though.

YAHOO! Fast Food! YAY! hahahahaha

The blond guy in the chair looks like he had too much wine... :)
friuduric 11 years ago
I like the Kolonat logo -- much more 21st century than the big M.

And I love that the Yahoo! has the exclamation point. 'Cause if you don't have it, you get in trouble from the legal department, y'know.

--Imperatrix
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ebilflindas 11 years ago
I can't help but see the KOLON in Kolonat...kinda like the slogan "I [a]m loving it" is an acronym for "ailing vomit"!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
LOL trust you to always find the worse in everything LOL

I think those copyright infringement thingies (or just plain old copycatting) is kinda cool! LOL
I mean sure, not legal, but you have to admit, rather clever lol
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
OK - I've read them all and now feel up to date in Albania but am a bit worried about buying gas ! The stolen logos are part of the territory...buzz through downtown mumbai sometime and you will see worse. Glad to hear you had wine and company on thanksgiving...how is the visa thing crawling ??
(P Granovsky) Are you suggesting coconuts migrate? Posted 11 years ago. Edited by (P Granovsky) Are you suggesting coconuts migrate? (member) 11 years ago
Maybe later you'll see paint called "coca-cola" jaja or something like that.

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RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
A great collection of ripped-off logos and creative names. A country which is catching up fast.

I think you should post that noodle picture to LBT's theme of the month and lend her some support - come on guys! What's cooking?
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago

11-25: In response to Tirana's frequent power outages, I bought an emergency exit light. Not bad general illumination, actually.
ItinerArts 11 years ago

11-26: The classic I'm-drinking-at-the-pub-and-realized-I-haven't-taken-a-photo-today-so-why-not-just-shoot-myself-in-the-men's-room-mirror-and-add-a-cool-purple-filter shot.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
why purple suits you!!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Emergency exit light, and emergency daily shot in the men's room. Good that you zipped up first!
We all have been in that situation sometime

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friuduric 11 years ago
"Purple haze all in my eyes,
Don't know if it's day or night
You got me blowin, blowin my mind
Is it tomorrow, or just the end of time?"

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

11-27: A couple of American colleagues (one with a car) and I drove to Northern Albania. The destination was the mountain town of Theth, near Montenegro; it's supposed to be beautiful. We got close, over terrible roads, but eventually had to abandon the car because of snow-blockage. We continued on foot for a while, but we weren't equipped for the weather. This is a shot from our drive back down, as we passed a small village.
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11-28: An abandoned cement plant near the small town of Puke, where we stayed with a Peace Corps volunteer my colleague knew.
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11-29: Coming home-- misty mountains on the outskirts of Tirana.
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11-30: Loony Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha built this pyramid as a monument to his own magnificence (originally supposed to be his mausoleum), but it's now used as a cultural center-- and, as you can see here, a popular slide for children.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
what a cool perspective!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
wow, that is one humongous slide.. Looks like FUN!

Where's the waxpaper? Tear off a piece, and sit on it... ZOOM!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Looks like wild countryside up north, nice to see. And that pyramid is weird.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
That's something you don't see too often--a slide that ends with a flight of stairs that lead to a parking lot. Of course, there's also a town called Puke...
friuduric 11 years ago
*Love* the 11/29 shot.

Yeah, ebil, A Town Called Puke had me doing a double-take, too!

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

12-1: Your guess is as good as mine.
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
By the way, I should have explained that it's pronounced poo-ka, just to head off the jr. high humor!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
My guess is worse than yours. Sounds beastly to me....
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago

12-2: Christmas tree and minaret.
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago

12-3: I had to pick up two packages (from myself in Taipei) at the blindingly inefficient Tirana post office. Next time, I'm having a couple of drinks first.

By the way, I got invited to show a couple of my photos in a group exhibition at the National Gallery in a couple of weeks.
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sunshinecity 11 years ago
hey how wonderful!! congrats on the exhibit!!!

btw i love the cultural contrast of the two religious symbols...
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago

12-4: Tirana is small, so I usually prefer to walk, except when the weather's bad. As there's no city train system, buses are the only public transportation and can be suffocatingly packed at peak times. Plus, there's no automated payment system, so the ticket seller has to squeeze through the length of the bus every time people get on. Not a pleasant job, unless you're a serious frotteur.

Most of the buses are purchased 2nd-hand from other countries. Notice the French still on this one!
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12-6: A few weeks ago I met a Thai painter, and today was the opening of her first exhibition in Tirana (or anywhere). It was very well attended. Good wine and great Thai food-- cooked by the artist!
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12-7: Today they rounded up the foreign faculty members to take us to the police station to get our work visas appoved. But first, a Christmas tree shot. Looks like a holiday police lineup, doesn't it?
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Would you give visas to these guys? Congrats on being invited to exhibit - are you going to make Chinese food?

And I liked the incongruity of the Christmas tree and the minaret.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Hehehe what a cheerful lineup indeed!!
ItinerArts 11 years ago

12-8: Helen sent me this photo. She says he gets his frequent frowning from me. And look at those fat cheeks!
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago

12-9: See 12-4. This time it's a 2nd-hand German bus. It's hilarious that they don't even bother to remove the old writing from them.
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12-10: Second World War resistance memorial.
friuduric 11 years ago
12/8: OMG! That *does* look like the serious you we see in self-portraits! I've said it before and I'll say it again: he is such a cutie-pie!

12/9: But removing the writing means funds they probably don't have, right? Tirana just wants to be known as a veritable international city.

--Imperatrix
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RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
That expression says: "I don't recognise that dude, but he looks vaguely familiar".

LOL at the polyglot buses. Evil minds might think that they were stolen from their countries of origin and pressed into service. Is that what you mean by "second-hand"?
sunshinecity 11 years ago
wow... i justy saw that pic of your son and right next to it was your buddy icon... the resemblance is incredible... no joke!!
Hehehe
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
I love the shot of the mountains around Tirana with the haze, and the juxtaposition of the minaret & Christmas tree!
The resistance memorial is great, I really liked the concept.

Your kid looks exactly like you on my opinion

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Dragonhide 11 years ago
I thought the same.. looking back and forth between your icon and your son. Very cool.
ItinerArts 11 years ago

12-11: See 11-26. Same story, different color.
ItinerArts 11 years ago

12-12: Nicholas, in a happier mood this time, e-mailed by Helen.
ItinerArts 11 years ago

12-13: Out for drinks with new friends and colleagues.
friuduric 11 years ago
mmmm. What was in the glass with the orange? Now I've got a hankering for a drink with an orange wedge!

--Imperatrix
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Dragonhide 11 years ago
Maybe a good wheat beer? Nah, the glass' wrong for that... :)

Funny, I can totally see Helen now in Nicolas' face... :)
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