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I'M NOT HOSTING!!!
1. Please don't send me requests. The profile is open because I wrote on it info that you can't find elsewhere. If you are thinking to come to Tirana (or Albania, see below), read this info. I am a local, so I know. Also, I heard the feedback of all the travellers, so I'm sure I can suggest you a lot of things. Stay tuned :)
2. I am "The Guy". I mean, if you ever need Anything here in Tirana, let me know and I will do my best to help you. A place to rent, a personalised tour, tips, music, friends etc, I'm here for you :)
Tirana: What to see, do, eat, drink.
Lake. Located in the south. Perfect for running, it also has a kind of a gym when you arrive there. romantic sunset, a playground for families with children. For sportists, writers, painters and couples.
National museum, located in the centre. Usually it has free exhibitions on the right once you enter. Also perfect to pass your time if it's raining. Close by is the oldest mosque in Albania. Worth seeing, don't forget the dress code. Very close to it is the Clock Tower. Don't pay to climb, it's just a clock we bought from Germany once upon a time. After it, they opened Bunkart 2, 27 rooms the communists designed underground to save their selves in case of atomic attack from the enemies (rest of the world). Bunkart 1 is 5km on the east. Take the orange bus direction Kinostudio and continue walking. After seeing it, take the Teleferique that brings you in the mountain of Dajti. Amazing view.
Wanna pee but you don't have money for a coffee? Go to Ring center, first floor. You're welcome :)
Eat: search for "Gjelltore", there is always food for less that 1$. I suggest you try: (vegan): Bambje, Speca te mbushura, Fasule or (with meat): Patelxhane te mbushura, Kim me veze, anything that has a weird name in the menu, surprise yourself.
Drink: A glass of cold beer beer for 0.5$ in every Zgara Korcare more or less. Albanian coffee (turkish coffee), Dhalle (kind of ayran) it goes well with Burek.
Burek: Burek should have its own webpage. A small burek costs 30 lek, 0.22$. You can have one with spinach (for vegans, ask if there is cheese, usually there isn't but you never know), with cheese and yoghurt sauce, with tomatoes and onions, with meat etc... a big one costs 80 lek, 0.55$.
Money: Exchange as fast as you can, or people usually round up the prices. Ex: for a Burek of 80lek, you would pay 0.80$, and if you pay in lek, it will be 0.55$ :)
Shop food: Buy from locals, the mney is used for their children's education, while Coop and Lidl will use it to open one more store somewhere else :)
Sleeping: CouchSurfing doesn't work well as you all know. We aren't a lot, so... Hostels are cool, they cost 10 bucks, but if you arrive and start asking around, you can find unofficial hostels for 5, a local's trick ;) Just ask, where can I sleep with five, not in the centre though.
Urban bus: Just don't take it, you can walk everywhere. Take it if you arrive in the interurban station, or, of course, from the airport.
Airport: There is a bus every XX:00 till about 18:00 from the airport to the city centre.
Albania: where to go:
Berat: The city of 1001 windows.
Gjirokastra: The queen that jumped from the castle's wall, birthplace of dictator Enver Hoxha and Nobel candidate for literature Ismail Kadare.
Borshi: 7km beach, field, mountains, nice people and birthplace of Juliano the Great CouchSurfer :P
Shkodra: North, bicycles and culture.
Valbona: More north, take a tent and go camp there. It's in the Albanian Alps. Yes, we have Alps.
Blue Eye: The water that changes colour every day.
Butrinti: 2000 years old amphitheater.
Tirana is the ugliest city, so don't be a pessimist about moving around.
I can't think of anything else. If you have extra questions, drop a message here orwe go for a tea, for the whole Albanian story, specially the communistic times and the civil war of 1997.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Just realised that I'm the most experienced Albanian CouchSurfer in Albania. I don't know if I should be happy or sad. In a country where everybody is hospitable and kind, it's sad that there aren't hundreds of experienced CSers. I'll continue spreading the word :)
Everything that exist, and somethings that don't
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: Sick Pijamas, Dapa Dupa, Rocky Tijuana, Blast the Last.
Movies: Pain in the Asphalt, Hamamontro, Around the Corner in 80 Seconds.
Books: Never Sleep, Tas Qebap, Yoga Friction.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Lived one month without internet/phone/electricity.
Teach, Learn, Share
Learn everything, it may be useful someday
What I Can Share with Hosts
Please read the "My home" section. Thank you :)
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Andorra, Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In