...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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.