We visited Kruja, the birthplace of Albania’s national hero Skanderbeg on our day off from meetings. We toured the rebuilt castle and got some great views from the castle tower. Later some of us toured an ethnographic museum that showed what life was like long ago in the village. The man leading the tour had his whole speech memorized in English, he did a great job. After that we visited a Bektashi mosque where we got a tour from a man who spoke no English. We did our best to communicate across the language barrier with minimal success.
After Kruja we went to Tirana. It was just days before President Bush was going to visit. An American President hadn’t been there in years so it was quite a big deal. We grabbed a bite to eat at the Albanian answer to McDonalds and then arrived at the radio station offices. I went to go find an ATM and saw some of the colorful concrete buildings. For dinner we took cable cars to the top of the mountain overlooking the city and enjoyed one of the nicest restaurants in the city.
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