20 Things I am Sure You Didn’t Know about Albania

Impress your friends over coffee with these interesting tidbits stemming from Albanian history, tradition, culture, and folklore. Did you know that many years ago, a bat was considered an omen of death? If one flew into your house, it was believed that someone would die. Scanderbegs sister-in-law was an Orthodox saint called Angelina of Kruja? […]

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Concerns over decreasing fish stocks in Lake Shkodra

On the placid shores of Lake Shkodra, a debate is raging between Albanian fishermen on one side, and Montenegrin fishermen on the other. The Lake that straddles the two countries is home to a wide variety of fish- notably the European eel, leaping mullet, thinlip mullet, and twait shad. Unfortunately now, all of these are […]

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The Legend of Rozafa

When I visited Shkodra in the summer, I fell in love. Rivers, hills, mountains, beach, a vibrant city, a vast lake surrounded by picturesque coves, and of course the Castle of Rozafa overlooking it all- what is not to love? The city of Shkodra and the surrounding area has been occupied pretty much continuously throughout […]

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