|Early in our Albanian tenure; we were all younger, thinner, and
had more hair (I was even a red head)
We've grown and matured and we've seen Albania grow right along with us; new roads, many with actual pavement, have reduced travel times from one end of the country to another; new shopping malls, movie theaters, and grocery stores have all introduced a variety of services and amenities to the country inching Albania one step closer to her western contemporaries. But through all of this the house across the street from us remains as occupied and unfinished as the day we arrived while the number of old Mercedes, battered furgons, and over the top expensive vehicles plying the roads has drastically increased. During the past two and a half years airlines have come and gone, we witnessed national elections and a new government come to power, and are watching Albania's ongoing quest to be welcomed into the EU. From The New York Times to Lonely Planet, travel writers continue to rate Albania as an up and coming place to visit. (And, in my opinion, Albania is well worth a visit). Yes, the past two and a half years have been quite the adventure.
So what does the future hold for us? For sure, there will be more adventures, more memories to be made and new opportunities to be had. This blog will continue with the same URL but a new name. (I'm testing out names so if you have any suggestions, please send them my way). So stay tuned to find out what the future holds for us!
|Our most recent family picture; we are all older and
wiser but still enjoying our adventures