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Here are stories not tied to my Albanian experiences. The stories may be about travel, food, DIY, or things I don't want to forget.

 

 

Either way, I hope you enjoy.

June 27, 2019

...The funny thing about my Albanian family is, they truly believe that I understand everything they say. There is no baby talk for the dumb American—Do. You. Want. Me. To. Iron. Your. Underwear?—When the truth is that I, at best, understand two words out of 10. That’s not a lot. Knowing just two words from a huge sentence can lead to a lot of misunderstanding…unfortunately on my part.

June 26, 2019

Bleary-eyed and negative from the get-go, I awaken and figure out what to feed my two peacefully sleeping mini-Albanians. I’m jealous that they got their father’s blood that repels mosquitos and allows them to sleep through the heat…punks. At three in the morning I “WhatsApp-ed” (Can I make that a word?) my mom since I knew the time difference worked in my sweaty favor. She suggested I go sleep in my rental car with the air co...

June 23, 2019

Why packing for Albania what different this time...why? Read more and you'll see it's almost impossible.

February 11, 2019

As a young girl, I longed for the day when I could build my own home. There was nothing I loved more (besides reading cookbooks) than going through a home decor magazine. Sunset Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, and Architectural Digest offered endless hours of escape from my suburban childhood. I loved dreaming about a romantic balcony that I could someday stand upon and watch the days slip in and out.

December 4, 2018

Over a year ago, around the holidays, I welcomed not one, not two, but three Albanians. It should also be noted that not even a week prior to this, my Albanian brother-in-law who had been living under my roof for nearly a year, finally moved out. Then came the guests.

November 27, 2018

Get a taste of Texas through its cultural history, serious wine scene, epic barbecue, and Southern hospitality.

September 5, 2017

It is easy to say that Albanians are some of the most loving people on the face of the Earth. Let us look at Mother Teresa, she was Albanian. Albania even prou....

August 12, 2017

...With all these coincidences, and even due to the fact that today also happens to be the 11th, my lucky number is most fortuitous because it is my 11th wedding anniversary today.

July 24, 2017

Figs have been loved and sought after for thousands of years. Adam and Eve needed the fig tree to assemble clothes from it after being cast out of the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 3:7) Some religious scholars also believe the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was indeed a fig tree and not an apple or pomegranate tree. Admittedly, I don’t think I would have needed the assistance of an evil snake to tempt me into eating a fig.

July 12, 2017

First and foremost, after you get through the throng of other tourists in the 'Foreign Visitors' line at the passport checkpoint in Nënë Tereza Airport, you will quickly realize how kind and generous the Albanian people are.

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