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Booklet Albania I have a dream

  1. 1. Wellcome toALBANIA
  2. 2. Welcome to Albania FromTeam This info booklet will give you a wide array ofinformation to help you to have a perfect idea about country where you are coming.It will contain information about culture, places, info, people, ect... For any doubt or question just send an e-mail 2
  3. 3. Do you know where is Albania?Albania is part of the Mediterranean basin. It is part of the Balkan peninsulaand of Europe, bordered by Greece to the south Kosovo and Montenegro tothe north, Macedonia to the East and Adriatic and Jone sea separate Albaniafrom Italy to the West.About AlbaniaAwaking Sleeping Beauty–like in the 1990th from her hardline communistisolation, Albania was a stranger from another time. Her cities weren’t chokedby car fumes, her beaches were unspoilt by mass tourism, her long-sufferingpeople were a little dazed and confused. While things have changed a lotsince then, this ancient land still offers something increasingly rare in Europethese days – a glance into a culture that is all its own. Raised on a diet ofseparation and hardship, Albania is distinctly Albanian. 3
  4. 4. You’ll continue to find beautiful pristine beaches on parts of the Ionian Coast(try the charming town of Saranda), fascinating classical sites like ancient Berat,and dramatic mountain citadels, but the mad traffic of Tirana is symptomatic ofa bustling, bright city shrugging off its Stalinist grey patina. Squat toilets areno longer the norm and you can even sip cocktails at hip bars while listening torock bands. Meanwhile, Northern Albania keeps the country’s reputation as awild frontier alive and well, with bleak mountains and the occasional blood feudArriving in AlbaniaEntry by AirAll international airrrivals enter throughMother Theresa International Airport,located 17 km northwest of Tirana. Linkagewith the city is provided through a shuttlebus service, the Tirana Rinas Express,running between Skanderbeg Square andMother Theresa Airport. Shuttle buses depart every hour at the top of thehour, with an approximate cost of 2 euros. Taxi service available at all times. Entry by Sea Albania can be accessed by sea through its main ports: Durrës: Italian ports of Ancona, Bari, Brindisi & Trieste Vlora: the Italian port of Brindisi Shëngjin: the Italian port of Bari Saranda: the Greek Island of CorfuEntry by Roadways • Montenegro • Kosovo • Macedonia • GreeceHistory of AlbaniaAlbanians call their country Shqipëria, and trace their roots to the ancientIllyrian tribes. Their language is descended from Illyrian, The Illyrians occupiedthe western Balkans during the 2nd millennium BC. They built substantial 4
  5. 5. fortified cities, mastered silver and coppermining and became adept at sailing theMediterranean. The Venetians occupiedsome coastal towns, and from 1443 to1468 the national hero Skanderbeg (GjergjKastrioti) led Albanian resistance to the Turksfrom his castle at Kruja. Skanderbeg won all25 battles he fought against the Turks. AfterSkanderbeg’s death and for more than 400 years Albania w a s under Illyrians settlements Illyrians coins findings in Teuta treasure Ottoman rule. Further uprisings between 1910 and 1912culminated in a proclamation of independence and the formation of a provisionalgovernment led by Ismail Qemali at Vlora in 1912. In January 1946 thePeople’s Republic of Albania was proclaimed, with Enver Hoxha as presidentand ‘Supreme Comrade’. Hoxha died in April 1985 and his long-time associateRamiz Alia took over the leadership. In June 1990, inspired by the changesthat were occurring elsewhere in Eastern Europe, around 4500 Albanianstook refuge in Western embassies in Tirana. After student demonstrations inDecember 1990, the government agreed to allow opposition parties. TheDemocratic Party, led by heart surgeon Sali Berisha, was formed. After theresignation of Alia, parliament elected Sali Berisha president in April. A severecrisis developed in late 1996 when private pyramid-investment schemesinevitably collapsed. In spring 1999 Albania faced a crisis of a different sort.The general election of 2005 saw a return of Berisha’s Democratic Party togovernment. Albanian politics and the economy have been stable, but workstill has to be done to ensure that there is an end to electricity shortagesand other infrastructure deficiencies that plague the country. Hopes are highthat NATO membership will be achieved by 2008, while an invitation to the EUclub remains an elusive goal. 5
  6. 6. Mother TERESA Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on 27 August 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia. When she was just 17, she joined a Catholic order that did charity work in India. She founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950, which was a new order devoted to helping the sick, disabled and poor, and continued to tirelessly minister to the world’s most needy people. Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, “for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which Mother TERESA also constitute a threat to peace”.SkanderbegGjergj Kastrioti-Skënderbeu (1405-17 January 1468)was born in Kruje and Ottoman Empire took since he wasa child and trained him. In 1439 he escaped and camein Albania to protect his own town. He became a heroby wining 24 battles and made greater enduranceOttoman conquest for 34 years. Skanderbeg Ismail Qemali Ismail Qemal Bej Vlora was born in Vlorë in 1844 and died in Italy in 1919. He was a great leader of National Albanian Movement and he wanted to release Albania from Ottoman conquest. In 1912 with Luigj Gurakuqi they took the independence from Ottoman and they raised up the Flag of Liberty in Vlora Ismail QemaliCulture of AlbaniaAlbanian kitchens commonly used clay pots, wooden and copper for cooking,baking bread and maintaining dairy. Using more of one group or the otherdepends on the family’s economic strength and geographic environment of theestablishment of the facility. In poor rural families overpowered earthen andwooden vessels. Their report differed depending on the location of the villages. 6
  7. 7. In mountainous areasdominated by woodenvessels such as those ofeating, Milk or those Zahirstorage (canned foods).In the plains dominatedby earthen vessels suchas those used for diningand food storage, theyare for keeping dairy andwater dishes. Rarely anycontainer can be woodenor copper. In middle-income families and moreaffluent families, dominated Albanian traditional carpetby copper and porcelain dishes. Furnitureused for sleeping environments variedaccording to geographic location and economic strength of the family. Usuallythese environments were quite simple. In mountainous areas with cold climate family members slept on wooden beds quite simply paved with dry fern or straw, covered with woolen coat. In the high plains of Albania and especially in Myzeqe slept on bedding placed on the floor. In cities these facilities was paid more attention, equipped with beds, mattress and sheets woven in “avlëmend” houses. Concurrent with these environments pitch and portmanteau of different sizes, which guarded the clothes of the couple and their children. Special care was devoted to certain rooms for the reception of guests. In some cases they resemble small ethnographic exhibits environments in which you can admire the best seating types as carpets, “velenca”, cushions etc; Albanian traditional clothing during a traditional dance different carving 7
  8. 8. wood ceilings, cupboards lids, etc., etc. . In addition to those in these roomswere always present different pots of copper or porcelain clay, grave goodsof coffee, the province’s popular instruments, guns hanging on the wall etc..Especially in cities distinguished guests rooms for multiple devices made withskill, especially in affluent families, could be seen revenue from equipmentfurniture centers developed European countries as well as from the east. Allthese facilities and other equipment were part of the lifestyle of the differentregions of Albania. While working tools used by cowman farmers or differenttrades workers, reflect the lifestyle.Place of accommodation 8
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  10. 10. Why should you visit Puka?Puka is a small turistica town in the North part of Albania with 8000 inhabitant,when most of them deal with agri-culture and mountain tourism. Puka is a townwhere is combined traditional values​​ culture and tourism with the production ,of organic foods (fli, tave dheu, pule fshati, lakrore etj.). Is a town who basethe economy in extraction of Coal, Chrome ect. minerals. Mountain tourism isa key point that worth mentioning places like Koman, Pears, Munella etc.. Notleave without mentioning that the town offers many wonderful landscapes withthe combination of natural beauty with traditional characteristic of a small town. 10
  11. 11. An important detail to be specified is the cleanliness of the city, maintenanceand greenery that this city offers. Mirkpritja in this area is inherited fromearlier generations and is at the highest levels throughout Albania.MoneyCoins in Albania is “Lek”. Start banknotes with denominations 200, 500,1000, 2000 and 5000 currency and coins with denominations of 5, 10, 20,50 and 100 lek. However, some hotels, bars, restaurants, stores set pricesin foreign currency, with payment also can perform well in ALL. In numerousATMs located in Tirana can be used as cards: Visa Electron, Visa Classic,Business Card, Master Card, Gold Card and Maestro. Albanian ATMs willnot impose upon transaction costs, but your bank will probably do so. If wetake your foreign currency (EUR or USD), you can switch to banks or foreignexchange agencies. In Albania, you can use the check of the passenger, whichcan break the bank for a certain fee. Exchange rate: 1 € - 138.6 ALL; 1 $ - 108.9 ALL; 1 £ - 174.4 ALL 11
  12. 12. Night Life in TiranaTirana is full of night life’s and most of the people for going out are young. InTirana you can find amazing clubs, girl, DJ, cars etc., bars.We suggest:MUMJA - It’s a fancy club who you can enjoy every alcoholic cocktail andwonderful DJ-s and girls.OLD HOUSE - It’s a bar who you can go out for a dring or maby for a beerand to have some conversationOn Top of Pyramid - It’s the place that youcan see all the city, but you have to climbup and you can make some drinking gameson the top.Blloku - Is the most popular place that all the youth go. It is a square with buildings and with fancy clubs and bars. Imperial - Is the most popular cinema network which play’s the latest movie 2D and 3D. The price is from 300 ALL -700 ALL (depends on the day and on the time). TAIWAN - Known as youth park from Albanians. It’s a green place in the middle of Tirana and you can go for a coffee, drink, casino, restaurant, bowling ect. QTU, TEG, City Park - Those are largest shopping 12
  13. 13. cenre in Albania that you can buy everythingin cheap prices and you can also enjoy thecofies and ice skating.Some words in AlbaniaThank you - FaleminderitGood - MirëGood bye - MirupafshimGoodmorning - MirëmëngjesHi - ÇkemiDude - PlakoWat’s up - Ça bereSchool - ShkollEducation - EdukimMistake - GabimProblem - ProblemFind - GjejFood - UshqimMeal - VaktBus - AutobuzBus station - StacionClock - OrëLate - VonesëFriend - Miq 13