10 Euro entry tax
At the moment most foreign visitors are charged an entry tax of 10 Euros on arrival in Albania.
At the airport in Tirana this is collected at a booth just after passport control. To avoid any complications or delays, please have your 10 Euros with you on arrival.
Tirana, Maternity Hospital.
I have not written down in 1988 what was this building. It looks like some kind of official building. In the front door, there is a guy with a white coat. Then my wild guess is that it is either a hospital or a Sciences University. Who will tell me the truth ?
February 2008: Thanks to VT Brikena that wrote me that this was the Maternity Hospital of Tirana.
Tirana, bus stop
In 1988, it was forbidden to private persons to own a car. Consequently, people walked a lot and public transportation was very developed. However, there were obviously not enough busses and each one was assaulted by dozens of citizens that queued along the street at every bus stop.
These slogans built into the brickwork may explain why some buildings have been painted over in such lurid colours, but if you keep your eyes peeled, you may come across a couple of slogans that have yet to be covered up. This example is on Bulevard Bajram Curri, a fair distance from the centre heading west, close to a slum area. PPSH are the communist party initials.
Whats that !!
yeah i was attonished looking from the train station doors ...the sight was like a city collapsed after bombing. A spot in cahos.. piles of rubble on the street pot holes everywhere no tarmac, no kerbs.. a scary train station ....lol... Albania needs to improve so so much !!