I loved the tall Albanian mountains, especially during the sunset. It’s such a beautiful spectacle.
After the National Symposium in Tirana, which brought a very lively discussion and a lovely lunch with the participants, we went to explore the city. I really liked Skanderberg Square – the main plaza in Tirana. It was full of people, with the National Museum, the Opera, and a mosque around the square and with a view of the mountains in the distance – this truly is the center of Tirana. We also went to the BunkArt 2 museum, an underground bunker in the city center dedicated to the public persecution by the “Sigurimi” political police during the communist reign in Albania.
It was a very interesting museum and a humbling experience to learn about how the state enemies were persecuted, with a strong emphasis on not forgetting our pasts. This quote displayed there made me really think about our current world – “Progress depends on the ability to remember… Those who are unable to remember the past are condemned to repeat it”.
Afterward, we had a wonderful seafood dinner in the city center and had a “baklava party” on the terrace of our hotel. After a long day, we retired to our beds to be fresh for our next destination – Budva, Montenegro.