Category: From Catherine

Gezuar Viten i Ri – Happy New Years, the School Party

The room is large, and painted white, so it’s full of light. At the far end are black boards, and above them, slightly squiffy, hand colored drawings on A4 paper demonstrate the Albanian alphabet from A to Z (or Zh?). Q is Qukupiku, which I know! To the left, the wall is full of windows, […]

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Something New is Happening : The Albanian National Park of the Alps

Today is the day after. And like Cinderella I am back in my sloppy house clothes, sitting here in the morning, in front of the computer, thinking: I should tell someone! After the excitement and rushing around, we slept late today – the long peaceful sleep of the justly satisfied – but this also means […]

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In for a Penny . . . .

Oh boy.  Right around the time I managed to convince Alfred to keep Zana, we noticed she was getting really FAT.  Puppy, anyone?

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Zana Lost

‘Zana’ showed up here about . . . 2 weeks ago?  Some tourists said they’d seen her down in Rrogam earlier that day.  She’s super clean and fluffy, and of course friendly, which makes me feel that she must be someone’s pet . . . . especially as the shampooed fluffy-clean thing is NOT normal […]

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Hint: When we say “Maybe NOT a good idea?” … LISTEN!

      NB:  This is of course a staged photo using a professional actor.  Hee hee hee . . . .   On the other hand, every year there are a couple of people who get lost and wander around in circles.  THIS year there were the pair of Poles who decided to ignore […]

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Eek! Has it really been Five Months!?

Well, there goes another summer!  Mostly, this has been the year that wasn’t.  Somehow, Alfred and I were never able to get more than a few meters away from our own front door, which is of course frustrating for US – although the reason we couldn’t get away was because of having more-than-ever-before guests, more of […]

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Weather Report! May 22, 2014

For those of you asking if there is still snow, here is a picture I took out the window yesterday morning.  Spring!!!  There is still snow hovering up around 1800m on South-facing slopes, and it’s still difficult to find the path to the pass to get to Theth, but it’s beautiful down here, and there […]

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Beautiful Article in Shije Magazine – Full Text!

Hello again!  We were recently contacted by Shije (“Taste”) magazine, a very nice and elegant Albanian culinary magazine and asked to write a contribution for an upcoming article on restaurants in Valbona.  It’s on the stands now and really beautiful!  However, since the very kindly didn’t print the (funny) part of the article, I thought […]

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Promises: TEDx Tirana Lecture

on the topic of “Blissful Uncertainty”  Tirana, 3 May, 2014   I would like to talk to you about children. I do not have children. I’m not a teacher. I don’t work with children. I am not myself a child, although I sometimes play one in my everyday life. When I was an actual physical […]

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