During summer it is very typical for places to close for a few hours in the afternoon for "pushim" or rest time. Don't expect everything to be open from 2pm till about 4pm. This is a less common trend in Lezha but in Shkoder it is very common and in other neighboring cities as well.
Going for coffee is a national past time in Albania. If you meet up with any locals they will most likely invite you for coffee. It is polite to accept. Know that you don't have to drink coffee. You can order anything you like to drink, coffee, soda, beer, tea, water, etc... If you spend all day with locals, you will most likely have at least 4 coffees.
Do You Mean Yes or No?
When speaking with Albanians, do not be confused if they shake their head from left to right and say "po" or "yes". This is their way of saying yes. It is also more like a head bobble than a real shake from left to right. Also, if an Albanian clicks their tounge at you or shakes a finger at you, or does both at the same time, this is their way of saying "jo" or "no". It can be confusing for visitors if they are trying to talk to locals and something simple like "yes" and "no" cannot be figured out!
Lezha, dinner at Restaurant Uldedaj-Liss
Photo 1 shows the three dishes we chose. The waitress brought us a special bread (in the center of the photo) which was more like a thick cake. I do not know the name of that bread but it was excellent. The other dishes are better seen as close ups on the other photos.
Photo 2 should show (not absolutely sure) Tave Kosi, a very tasty dish made with chunks of lamb baked in a sauce made with eggs and yogurt.
Photo 3 shows Tave Dheu, a dish very popular in central Albania. It is a very tasty dish made with chopped liver baked in a sauce made with lamb cheese (almost the same as Greek feta), eggs and yogurt
Photo 4 shows Xhaxhik, a dish made with thinly sliced cucumber in yoghurt added with garlic, almost like Greek Tzaziki.
Photo 5 shows the bottle of local wine that we drank
- Food and Dining
Lezha, amazing outfit!
I took this photo on Beselidhja square, in front of the 2 March 1444 monument. I felt that it was more or less a figure of Albania in 2007, a mix of tradition and modernity: the lady wears more or less a traditional clothe (trousers, robe and scarf) but has added a Nike jacket!
Lezha, school police
We had stopped in Lezha to look for a restaurant. That was about the end of the morning class. On several occasions, we saw people that obviously were not policemen but parents of children. They wore a yellow reflective jacket and helped children to cross the street. I was a bit surprised. We did not see that practice anywhere else in Albania but perhaps, we were not at the right hours.