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Albanian Trip Address & Telephone Numbers
If you want to send us a postcard, or pop in to say ‘Hi!’, our address in Tirana is Villa with , Rruga e Dibres, Nr 261/1, Tirana, Albania. We’re about a five minute walk from Skanderbeg Square, just past the junction where Rruga Siri Kodra meets Rruga e Dibres (there’s a huge tree and a very shiny mobile phone store.) Nr 261/1 is the brown door with a golden star above. Best is to send an sms or email with the time of your visit. If not, please knock at the door or ring!
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You can also phone us:
Office @Castle + 355 4 220 8414
If no one answers then try us individually:
Elton (English, Italian, French) +355 68 405 85 29
Vilma (English, German, Italian) +355 68 406 62 07
Alda (English, Italian) + 355 67 605 60 55
Olsi (English) +355 67 405 33 33
In order to give you a more comfortable and interesting trip, we recommend bringing:
Comfortable waterproof walking shoes
Raincoat or waterproof jacket
Car sickness medicine (note that if you suffer from getting car sick, Albania and the region are linked with very curvy and windy roads)
Torch or lamp for the nights in the countryside or some of the visited areas
Some cash (for the areas where there are no ATMs – especially in the mountains.)
Definitely read Ismail Kadare books before coming. Start with “The General of the Dead Army,” “Chronicle in Stone” and “Broken April.”
Another one of the readings we would really recommend in order to give you the most professional insight into Albanian history, culture, literature and tradition would be the emblematic Robert Elsie that left this world in a young age in October 2017 but still managed to leave to all of us a huge patrimony. Please find some of that on his website http://www.albanianhistory.net/
Some more great reading specially if you’re interested in the very charismatic and excentric Albanian traditions of the North, you should definitely check out what’s left from the journeys of a young British traveller in Albanian speaking regions by the beginning of the 20th century. Her name is Edith Durham and her “High Albania” https://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/durham/albania/albania.html is quite a must for real travellers.
See if you can watch “Slogans” and “Dear Enemy” by Gjergj Xhuvani.
Listen to Saze Permeti by different usta (as maestros are called in the jargon of this tradition), various polyphonic singing bands, Eda Zari, Elina Duni, Shkelzen Doli and ask us if you need more in depth advice relating to what we believe is the very tastful from traditional and modern Albanian music (or some of it at least). Don’t forget the tradition goes on and a great source of information regarding that can be found through the best musicologist in the Land of the Eagles right now Vaso Tole http://www.vasiltole.com/English/Index-EN.html
Please don’t leave batteries in Albania. We are not good at recycling them. Please bring them back home and put them in specialized disposal.
Please firstname.lastname@example.org in case you need more specialized info relating to your trip to Albania and the Balkans.