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Archive for Kas覺m, 2013

Bye bye Connext

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Creative department of Connext Tirana. Levin, me and Marsel. Today it’s my last office day here and for sure I will miss these guys. We had such nice times together. These pictures are some of the photos we were taking daily. I don’t reallyremember how it started but we just keep taking one picture everyday. It looks like the green lollipop effected us in time. We should quit that thing.Anyway, thanks a lot for all your friendship and warmness. Never forget me dudes and see you in Turkey.

Bug羹n ofiste son g羹n羹m. Marcel ve Levin’le bu ofiste g羹zel elenmiiz 繹yle bir bak覺yorum da 3 hafta ne h覺zl覺 ge癟iverdi. Bu 癟ocuklar覺 繹zleyeceim. Neyse ki Marsel yak覺nda bir T羹rkiye yolculuu d羹羹n羹yor. Onu yak覺nda tekrar g繹receim. u her g羹n 癟ektiimiz fotolara biraz da Istanbul’da devam ederiz. :) Arnavutluk ilgin癟 bir tecr羹be oldu. 3 hafta buras覺 i癟in 癟ok uzun bir s羹re asl覺nda. Neyse ki g羹zel insanlarlayd覺m da nas覺l ge癟tiini anlamad覺m. 襤 temposu da 癟ok youn deildi. Hatta kendi ilerime eilme vakti bile buldum. Sakin, bol bol d羹羹n羹p plan program yaparak hayaller kurarak ge癟irdim burada zaman覺m覺. Tiran dediin ey sonu癟ta 3 g羹nde bitiyor. 3 hafta g羹zel soyutlan覺p sakinledim buralarda. Hadi istanbul’da g繹r羹羹r羹z.

Reflections to my inbox

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Some reflections I found in my inbox after the presentation I had in Polis architecture and Design University. I feel awesome! Thanks dudes and dudettes!

Ge癟en g羹n Polis tasar覺m ve mimarl覺k okulunda yapt覺覺m sunumdan sonra 繹rencilerden ald覺覺m harikal覺 d繹n羹lerden baz覺lar覺.

Presentation in Polis University

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This is Polis University of architecture and design located in Tirana. It looks like a science fiction movie set with it’s interesting architecture. I loved the flying rooms around and the big hall.

Buras覺 da Polis 羹niversitesi. Ad覺 Polis ama polislikle falan alakas覺 yok. Tasar覺m ve mimarl覺k okulu. Biraz bilim kurgu setine benzeyen bu okul Tirana’n覺n genel g繹r羹nt羹s羹nden o kadar z覺t ki anlatamam.

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I checked the student’s works on the road the presentation saloon.

Havada duran manzaral覺 b繹lmeleri 癟ok sevdim bu okulda. renciler de tatl覺 ilgili kiilerdi. Koridorlarda ileri inceleyerek sunum odas覺na girdim.

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The conference room was already full of people when I step in. I quickly set up my laptop and stuff to start my show.

襤癟eri girdiimde salon neredeyse dolmutu bile. Apar topar bilgisayar覺 癟覺kar覺p sunuma balad覺m. Do it now not later fazla eskidi, Abnormal ise 癟ok uzun diye ilk kez Tedx Alsancak sahnesinde sunduum “Hayat Okulu” sunumunun 羹zerinden 襤ngilizce anlatmaya karar verdim. Gayet de zevkli oldu. Onu bitirince Abnormal’覺 a癟覺p oradan da baz覺 ileri g繹sterdim. G羹zel g羹ld羹k elendik. Kar覺覺kl覺 bir sunum oldu son derece doa癟lama. Yaln覺z yeni bir sunum daha yapmam覺n zaman覺 geldi gibi g羹ncel ileri ve bilgileri de ekleyerek.

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Meeting with young designers and architectures of Albania. Presentation gone very well, I received nice messages to my inbox after the talk. Some students wanted to have photo with me and I was the rock star designer again.

Gen癟 tasar覺mc覺larla ve mimarlarla buluup sohbet etmek kadar keyifli ne olabilir. Sunumdan sonra en 羹st kataki kafetaryalar覺nda kahve de i癟tik. Profos繹rleri gelip bizim okulda gelip zaman zaman ders verir misiniz dedi. Ben de u癟a覺m覺 kalacak yerimi ayarlarsan覺z tabi gelirim dedim. Pek tabi dediler ve 繹n羹m羹zdeki tasar覺m etkinliklerinde beni davet edeceklerini s繹ylediler. Design week Tirana vb bir ka癟 etkinlii d羹zenliyorlarm覺.

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Group photo with some of the students in the conference room.

Sunum bitti, ekipman覺 toplad覺m, tebrikleri ald覺m ve giderken kalan arkadalarla bir de grup fotosu 癟ektik. Mis gibi gen癟ler hepsi pek tatl覺yd覺.

Wine and delights

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Marcel and Levin agreed on a new business named “Boobs mania” I don’t really know what they are planning to do with this brand but I gave them some Turkish delights to celebrate.

Macel ve Levin yeni bir ie bal覺yorlar. Anlama an覺ndan bir foto bu. Arkada yeni ileri Boobs mania logosu g繹r羹nmekte. Planlar覺 ne pek bilmiyorum ama kutlamak i癟in son lokum pakedini a癟man覺n tam vakti.

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We have a hand made dart game in the office. It’s made by Marcel by needles, matchbox and some rubber. :) It’s fun to play it. Another good new is I just learned there is an awarded super tasty wine in Albania. Some say it is one of the best wines of the world. I asked Marcel’s help to find a bottle and finally I have managed to get it. It’s from 2008 and it has a quite affordable price for such an exclusive wine.

Ofiste s覺k覺l覺nda Marcel’in kendi yapt覺覺 dart oyununu oynuyoruz. 襤ne ve kibrit kullanarak yapt覺覺 dartlar gayet iyi i g繹r羹yor hatta duvara yere falan bile giriyor. Bu arada bu topraklardan 癟覺km覺 efsanevi bir arab覺n varl覺覺ndan haberdar oldum. Marcel’in de yard覺mlar覺yla bu 繹zel araptan bulmay覺 baard覺k ve bir ie almay覺 baard覺m. antaya s覺覺p s覺mayaca覺 konusunda pek bir fikrim yok a癟覺kcas覺 ama b繹yle 繹zel bir arap i癟in 癟ok g羹zel de fiyat覺 vard覺. Ka癟覺rmak istemedim. Bir 癟ok 繹zel 繹d羹le sahip 2008 羹retimi bu arap 癟ok 繹zel bir insanla t羹ketilecek pek tabi.

High as Lollipop

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I have no idea why there are half naked woman in the sports page of Albanian newspaper. WTF!? And right picture is a lollypop with marihuana. Last day all the creative team had one of these on desks. We heard that the boss dropped them here as a gift. Well I thought it was an apple lollypop but no. It’s a lollypop with marihuana.

Solda Arnavutluk gazetesinin spor b繹l羹m羹n羹 g繹r羹yorsunuz. Spor sayfas覺nda neden yar覺 癟覺plak k覺zlar var diye sorarsan覺z inan覺n bilmiyorum. O bana da garip geldi. Sada ise patronun t羹m yarat覺c覺 ekibe da覺tt覺覺 yeil lolipoplardan birini g繹r羹yorsunuz. Bata elmal覺 sand覺覺m覺z bu lolipoplar meer ot aromal覺ym覺. Baya baya tatl覺 uyuturucu? Sonu癟? Ekibimiz art覺k daha yarat覺c覺.

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I told you about Fake Mc Donald’s and KFC… this is another one. There is no Hard Rock Cafe here but there is Tirana Rock.The logo and the concept is almost the same. :) I don’t think they have Hard Rock’s legendary burger but you know what? the bars was quite nice if you ask me. I don’t see the reason why they are coping stuff and look super fake. (right one is the Hard Rock Dubai. Left one is Tirana rock cafe)

Solda Tirana Rock sada Hard Rock Dubai. D羹nyan覺n bir 癟ok ehrinde Hard Rock Cafe’ye gittim. Burada da gidiyordum ama meer buradaki olay sahteymi. Ad覺 da Tirana Rock! Sahte Mc Donald’s ve Kfc’den sonra bir de Hard Rock kafe 癟覺kt覺. Bu arada buran覺n gsm operat繹rlerinden “Eagle mobile” logosu ayn覺 android logosuna benziyor. O da bir baka olay.

DOTR postcards!

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I just didn’t like the postcards here and I created these by myself. They will be hands of the lucky followers next week.

Burada kartpostallar覺 beenmeyince kendim yap覺y覺m dedim… F覺r覺ndan yeni 癟覺kan 繹zel DOTR kartpostallar覺 繹n羹m羹zdeki hafta ansl覺 takip癟ilere doru yola 癟覺k覺yor.

 

Prate brands of Tirana

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Albania is one of the very few countries where you can’t find a Mc Donald’s or KFC kind of brands. However they have the fake ones in Tirana. AFC comes as “Albanian Fried Chicken” and Kolonat is just a copy of Mc Donald’s…

Arnavutluk Mc Donald’s ya da KFC gibi Amerikan fast food restoran zincirlerini g繹remeyeceiniz bir ka癟 羹lkeden biri. Tabi bunlar yerine kendi kopyalar覺n覺 bulabilirsiniz. Albania Fried Chicken yani AFC ya da Mc Donald’s 癟akmas覺 olan Kolonat her zaman hizmetinizde.

A quick tour in the city of Tirana

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This is peace bell made by bullet shells used in the war. Built by the children of the Catholic Zadrima community. Shells of bullets from 1997 were melted and used to build the bell.

Savatan sonra ortal覺kta kalan mermi kovanlar覺n覺 toplayan 癟ocuklar bunlar覺 topluca eritip ite bu 癟an覺 羹retmiler. Bar覺 癟an覺.

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The pyramid of Tirana. International Center of Culture was a museum in Tirana, Albania, that was opened on October 14, 1988. Formerly known as “Enver Hoxha Museum.” This pyramid-shaped structure was designed by the daughter and son-in-law of the late communist leader Enver Hoxha. The guy who banned religions and made Albania the first atheist country of the world. It served as a museum about his legacy, but after 1991 it became a conference center and an exhibition venue. Today it is abandoned and nothing going on inside. Outside is full of graffitis and messages to the world.

Tiran piramidi. 1988′de m羹ze olarak a癟覺lan bu piramid Enver hoca’n覺n damad覺 ve gelini taraf覺ndan ina edildi. Enver Hoca m羹zesi olarak uzun s羹re kullan覺lan bina savata karargah olarak kullan覺ld覺. Daha 繹nce de anlatt覺覺m gibi Enver Hoca Arnavutlukta dinleri yasaklay覺p buray覺 d羹nyan覺n ilk ateist devleti haline getiren kii. Bunu yapmas覺ndaki nedense insanlar覺n sadece onu tanr覺 olarak g繹rmelerini istemesi ve dinlere deil sadece ona itaat etmelerini istemesi. Keza bunu baarm覺 da. Burada tan覺t覺覺m baz覺 insanlar biz k羹癟羹kken dinlerden haberimiz yoktu Enver hoca vard覺 ba覺m覺zda diyor. O ortadan kalk覺nca 繹renmiler baz覺 eyleri. 襤lgin癟 bir olay hakkaten.

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Of course I climbed to the top of that thing!

Ve tabi ki t覺rmand覺m bunun tepesine. Ka癟覺rmam!

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“Import some balls instead of trash” Thats what our banner says in the protest in the city center of Tirana. We are protesting the prime minister for not saying no to chemical weapons in Albania. Russia and USA are looking for a place to defuse chemical weapons of Syria. I have no idea why they don’t defuse it in Syria?

Akama protesto var. Suriye’nin n羹kleer silahlar覺n覺 Arnavutluk topraklar覺nda yok etmek istemiyoruz. Arnavutluk kimyasal silah 癟繹pl羹羹 deil diyoruz. Pankart覺m覺z da diyor ki “Import some balls instead of trash”

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A bunker from the war times at left. Picture in the middle is a piece of Berlin wall. Have no idea why it is here or how it came here. The statue on right isIsmail Qemal Bej Vlora was a distinguished leader of the Albanian national movement, and founder of the modern Albanian state as its first head of state and government.

Solda sava zaman覺ndan kalma bir s覺覺nak var. Hemen yan覺nda ise Berlin duvar覺n覺n bir par癟as覺 duruyor. Bu par癟a neden burada ya da nas覺l gelmi en ufak bir fikrim yok. En sadaysa T羹rk癟e ad覺yla 襤smail Bey heykeli var.Arnavutlukdevletinin kurucusu.

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Came back to hostel Propaganda. The decoration here is quite moody and interesting.

Hostele d繹nd羹m. Oda d覺覺nda da biraz g繹steriyim size buray覺. Dekorasyon iyi. 襤nternet gelip gitmeli, geceleri biraz souk oluyor. Odalar temiz ve g羹zel. Televizyon yok ama ihtiya癟 da yok. u kartonpiyer denen eyden oldum olas覺 nefret etmiimdir ama bi s羹r羹 olunca bi houma gitti nedense. 襤lgin癟 geldi bana b繹yle olmas覺. Yani nefret ettiim bir eyden daha 癟ok olunca houma gitmesi ironik bir durum.

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Corridors of Propaganda hostel.

Hostelin koridorlar覺… Kom羹nist liderler ve d繹neme ait eyalar her k繹ede.

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National art museum of Tirana.

Tirana ulusal sanat m羹zesi 繹n羹nde 癟izim yapan sanat 繹rencisi k覺zca覺z.

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I came here with no expectations. But it was much better than most of the museums I have seen in other countries. There are very old and important art works belongs to communist era. Most of them looks amazing and they are all made by Albanian artists. I couldn’t take much pictures since the security came and asked me not to take pictures but anyway. It was good and I advice you to visit it if you make your way to Tirana one day.

Buraya beklentisiz geldim hatta bir beklentim varsa bile bu beklenti s覺k覺c覺 bir sanat m羹zesi gezeceime dair bir beklentiydi belki. Fakat buras覺 beni 癟ok a覺rtt覺. Hemen hemen her 羹lkede bir 癟ok m羹ze gezdim ve buras覺 bir 癟oundan 癟ok daha iyiydi. Uzun s羹redir bir sanat m羹zesinden bu kadar keyif almam覺t覺m. Video artlar b覺d覺 b覺d覺lar deil saf geleneksel sanat var burada. Resimler heykeller y羹zlercesi ve hepsi Arnavut sanat癟覺lar taraf覺ndan yap覺lm覺. Komunist d繹nemi ya da 繹ncesini yans覺tan ve o d繹nemin ileri. En g羹zellerinin fotoraf覺n覺 癟ekemedim 癟羹nk羹 g羹venlik gelip 癟ekme bak覺y覺m h覺mmm diye azarlad覺. Yolunuz Arnavutlua d羹erse gezin buray覺. Ger癟i 癟oktan bu eserler yerine baka eyler gelmi olur.

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Some paintings from the old times when Ottoman Empire was in the region. At right you see Albanians fighting with Ottoman forces.

Osmanl覺 imparatorluu’nun buralarda olduu d繹nemi yans覺tan baz覺 resimler. Sadaki tablo Arnavutluk ve Osmanl覺 g羹癟lerinin sava覺n覺 resmediyor.

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Scenes from the museum.

M羹zeden g繹r羹nt羹ler.

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Another day after work. Me, Marcel and Lavin 3 designers from the agency came to Design overview. An event for designers in Tirana. It was too late and the event was already organized so I couldn’t talk here. But probably they will call me for the next years event. Last years of my life I was always on the stage in this kind of events running from talk to talk. So I felt a bit weird when I was just watching the show.

Baka bir g羹n i 癟覺k覺覺 Lavin, Marcel ve ben ajans覺n 3 tasar覺mc覺s覺 olarak “Design Overview” adl覺 tasar覺m seminerine kat覺ld覺k. Bu sene benden habersiz olduklar覺 ve t羹m program 癟oktan ayarland覺覺 i癟in burada konuam覺yorum ama gelecek sene sahnedeyim. 襤lgin癟 olansa son y覺llarda o kadar 癟ok sahnedeydim ki izleyici koltuunda oturup program覺 izlemek bi garip geldi. Bu arada yar覺n burada da bir tasar覺m 羹niversitesinde konuma yapaca覺m.

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Book fair in Tirana. Mostly Albanian books. So I had a look and got out.

Kitaplar Arnavut癟a olunca bak覺p 癟覺kt覺m.

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There is always a limo waiting in front of the book fair. I learned that it’s for rent.

Kiral覺k limuzin. Kitap fuar覺 繹n羹ndeydi. Kiralamad覺k.

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Prime minister of Albania is a painter. He is running a campaign to color buildings to make them look better. One example is on left. Right one is a billboard with wheels. Brands rent these billboards and some people take them around the city. Interesting medium.

Arnavutluk babakan覺 asl覺nda eski bir ressam. Binalar覺 renklendirmekle ilgili bir kampanya da y羹r羹t羹yor ve bunu destekliyor. Solda bir 繹rnek g繹r羹yorsunuz. Sadaki de tekerlekli reklam panosu. Markalar bu bisikletleri kiral覺yorlar. G繹revli kiiler reklam覺n覺z覺 ehirde gezdiriyorlar. Hedef kitlenize g繹re semt se癟mek de m羹mk羹n.

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Albania is interesting because there are bike roads in most of the sidewalks, there is also this bike renting system where you can take or leave it in any station. But meanwhile some other standard things for this generation is not here. So it’s weird and surprising to discover all these things.

u bisiklet kiralay覺p duraklara b覺rakabilme olay覺 buraya da gelmi. Harika bir olay pek tabi. Bir 癟ok konuda tekleyen ve daha bir 癟ok eyin gelmedii bir 羹lke olarak bunun gelmi olmas覺 ve kald覺r覺mlarda bisiklet yollar覺n覺n olmas覺 a覺rt覺c覺 olaylardan baz覺lar覺. Kimi eyler oturmuken 癟ok basit diyebileceimiz bir 癟ok eyden eser yok. Garip bi 羹lke buras覺.

Connext

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This is the agency that I am working in Tirana. It’s called “Connext” and it has colorful wooden crates for an upcoming zombie apocalypse. Just in case :)

Buras覺 Tiran’da 癟al覺aca覺m ajans Connext. Duvarlar覺nda olas覺 bir zombi sald覺r覺s覺 i癟in renkli kasalar var.

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First floor is mostly for brand managers and planners. Second floor is for the creatives.

襤lk kat m羹teri temsilcileri ve planlamac覺lar i癟in ayr覺lm覺. 襤kinci katsa yarat覺c覺 ekibin mekan覺.

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Agency is actually a villa with 3 floors. Has a nice ambient.

Ajans asl覺nda 3 katl覺 bir villa. S覺cak bir havas覺 var. B羹y羹k bir evde beraber 癟al覺覺yormuuz gibi.

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Marcel at left picture is my best friend here. New souvenir gifts for everybody in the agency. All from Istanbul. I also have a last pack of Turkish delight but I am keeping it for the next week since our boss is out of city this week.

Solda Marcel, buradaki en yak覺n arkada覺m diyebilirim. T羹m ajansa kalan hediyeleri da覺tt覺m. Patron ehir d覺覺nda olduu i癟in kalan son kutu T羹rk lokumunu haftaya sakl覺yorum.

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This is where I work at left picture. Second floor, the desk at the corner.

2. kat benim 癟al覺t覺覺m yer. Ajansta bi 癟ocuk var arada bir geliyor. Baya k繹t羹 kokuyor.

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You will see those papers all around the city. They are a kind of death announcement for people to see who is dead and when is the funeral. Right picture is a hole in the road I saw while walking around.

Tiran duvarlar覺nda bir 癟ok 繹l羹m ilan覺 g繹receksiniz. Kim 繹lm羹, nas覺l 繹lm羹 cenazesi neredeymi bu duvarlardan 繹reniyorsunuz. Sada ise yolun ortas覺nda 繹n羹me 癟覺kan delik. Muhtemelen burada bir direk varm覺 ve s繹km羹ler. Delik 繹ylece duruyor.

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This is an interesting place at left. It looks like a shopping mall but it is actually full with cafes next to each other. Its a mall of cafes! :) By the way it’s smoking free in Albania even indoors. At right you see me lost in plans. I have a lot of things to figure out nowadays in my head.

Soldaki yer ilgin癟, bata al覺veri merkezi sand覺m bir de bakt覺m i癟eride kafeden baka bir ey yok. Yanyana kafeler uzan覺p gidiyor. Kafe merkezi gibi bir ey. Sada ben planlar i癟inde kaybolmuken. Gelince 癟ok iim olacak san覺r覺m. 襤lgin癟 fikirlerim var.

New home for next 3 weeks

 

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Well my trip to Tirana became much easier than I expected with the helps of Darko. The guy who was travelling from Sarajevo to Montenegro with his car. A friend of his was also in the car and they were talking each other all the time in local language and they didn’t communicate with me much. So I was watching the beautiful mountains or sleeping most of the time.

3 otob羹s ve 3 羹lke deitirerek yapaca覺m Tirana yolculuu inan覺lmaz zor olacakt覺. Neyseki Karada’l覺 Darko ile tan覺t覺m da beni Saray Bosna’dan Karada’a bedava ve duraks覺z getirdi. Karada’dan Arnavutluk ise 癟ok k覺sa bir mesafeydi ve muhtemelen Tirana’ya direkt otob羹s bulabileceimi d羹羹n羹yordum. Yol boyunca Darko ve k覺z arkada覺 arabada hep kendi dillerinde sohbet ettiler. Bana bir ey soran eden olmay覺nca ben de arkada souktan b羹z羹羹p uyudum. Araban覺n i癟i buz gibiydi. Is覺t覺c覺y覺 a癟ar m覺s覺n da diyemedim Darko’ya zaten otob羹se g繹re yeterince rahatt覺m ve adamdan ekstra bir eyler dilemek istemedim.

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When we arrived to Montenegro, Darko dropped me to the bus station. I was expecting to find a direct line from here but no way again. They had a bus which goes to 2 other cities and then Tirana. I was about to deal with another long way trip. But 3 young people appeared next to me and told me that they are also trying to reach Tirana like me. While we were discussing what to do, they told me they are from Turkey :) So we changed the language to Turkish and I offered to share a taxi since we are 4 people. We went out and asked to taxi drivers about the price. First guy said 150 euros and we said no way. After a couple of drivers we found one who accepts to take us to Tirana city center for 80 euros. 20 euros per person sounds like a good deal for us instead of the long trip with a bus. It was a fun ride and for the first time I travelled between countries by taxi :) Here you see the Montenegro border in right picture. Passport control stuff.

Karada’da otob羹s terminalinde b覺rakt覺 beni Darko ve arkada覺. ok teekk羹r ettim ve gara girdim. Gar dediim yer bir evin salonu kadar diyebilirim. 2-3 vezne var. Tirana’ya bilet sordum. Sormamla tekrar ok oldum 癟羹nk羹 buradan bile direkt bir sefer yok Tiranaya. Biri Karada’da biri Arnavutlukta 2 farkl覺 ehire gittikten sonra Tirana’ya gidiyormu otob羹s. Gene uzun bir yolculuk beni bekliyor diye d羹羹n羹rken arkamda 3 gen癟 belirdi. 襤ngilizce olarak konumaya balad覺k. Meer onlar da Tirana’ya gitmeye 癟al覺覺yorlarm覺. Konutuk癟a birbirimizin T羹rk olduunu anlay覺p dili T羹rk癟eye 癟evirdik. Meer gen癟ler Romanya’ya erasmus program覺yla gelmiler ve bu ara s覺rt 癟antalar覺yla Balkanlar覺 geziyorlarm覺. Madem 4 kiiyiz taksi bakal覺m diye teklif ettim. 襤lk sorduumuz taksi 150 euro istedi. Olmaz dedik tabi. Giderken 120′ye d羹t羹 ona da yok dedik. B覺rakt覺 peimizi o da zaten. Yolda bir iki taksiye sorduk ve sonunda 80 euro’ya anlat覺k. Kii ba覺 20 euroya Tirana ehir merkezine ulaacakt覺k. Taksici amcam覺z 襤ngilizce bilmiyordu. Yol boyunca T羹rk癟e konuarak adam覺n kafas覺n覺 iirdik biraz ama uzun s羹reden sonra T羹rklerle iletiim kurmak iyi gelmiti. Sada Karada s覺n覺r kap覺s覺n覺 g繹r羹yorsunuz. B繹ylece ilk kez taksiyle bir 羹lkeden baka bir 羹lkeye ge癟mi oldum.

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The first 2 things I recognized in Albania. Some buildings are quite weird. Like an epic fail of architecture like you see at left. Another thing is there is written “shitet” everywhere. I was wondering what the hell is “shitet”. My friend Marcel from the agency told me it means “for sale” in Albanian.

lkeye girite g繹r羹nt羹 癟ok ho deildi. Taa ki ehir merkezine gelene kadar. Yol boyunca g繹zlemlediim 2 ey oldu. Biri mimari a癟覺dan s羹per sa癟ma binalar覺n olmas覺. 襤kincisi de her yerde “shitet” yazmas覺. Arabalardan binalara neden her k繹ede shitet yaz覺yor diye d羹羹n羹rken g繹rd羹m ki shitet “sat覺l覺k” demekmi.

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After a long long trip I arrived to my new home for next 3 weeks. It’s called “Propaganda hostel”. Well it’s hostel but I have my own room and bathroom. Free internet, hot water and even laundry service and free breakfast. It’s a really fancy and nice place. It’s located in the most active and stylish zone of the city. There are many bars, cafes and restaurants around my hostel. It’s probably the best district of the city. Albania is an interesting beautiful country with some political and economic problems. They can’t use the resources quite well and they keep importing things instead of making for themselves. Well that’s understandable considering the war they just had in recent history. Big percent of the population is having a difficult life standard and trying to earn basic living standards. There are some protests against politics nowadays because they can agree to disarm chemical weapons of Syria in Albania just because all the other countries refused this and Albania needs money. But people don’t want to have this trash in their country. They say Albania is not a junk yard where you can throw your stuff. And I think they are right on that. People are very nice and kind here and they have similar culture with Turkey in some cases. Tirana is not an extra dangerous place than any other city around the world. You know, shit can happen anywhere and for sure it’s possible here as well but that’s it. %70 percent of population are Muslims and %30 Christian.The Communist regime that took control of Albania after World War II persecuted and suppressed religious observance and institutions and entirely banned religion to the point where Albania was officially declared to be the world’s first atheist state. They shut down all the churches and mosques. Religious freedom has returned to Albania since the regime’s change in 1992.

Uzun bir macera sonunda 癟ok 羹k羹r Tirana’ya vard覺m. Propaganda hostel diye 癟ok ho bir yerde kal覺yorum. Hostel dediime bakmay覺n t覺pk覺 Bosna’daki gibi kendime ait odam ve banyom var. S覺n覺rs覺z internet s覺cak su hatta 癟ama覺r servisi bile bulunuyor. Sabahlar覺 bedava kahvalt覺m da var. ehrin en tarz ve hareketli semtinde kal覺yorum. Bulunduum sokak barlar, kafeler ve restoranlarla dolu bir alan. ehrin en g羹zel semti diyebilirim. Arnavutluk ilgin癟 bir 羹lke. Avrupa’n覺n en g羹zel su rezervlerine ve doal kaynaklar覺na sahip ama gene de su ithal ediyorlar mesela. Politik sorunlar覺 癟ok, yak覺n zamanda bir sava atlatm覺 olmalar覺 asl覺nda biraz zamana ihtiyac覺 olduklar覺n覺 s繹yl羹yor bana. Arnavut dostlarsa 20 senede gelmemiz gereken yerin 癟ok gerisindeyiz diyor. Keza burada 繹nemli bir beyin g繹癟羹 durumu da mevcut. ou insan覺n tek problemi hayatta kalmak. Siz bir park i癟in neler yapt覺n覺z biz en temel hayati ihtiya癟lar i癟in bile bunu yapam覺yoruz diyorlar. u aralar Suriye’de bulunan kimyasal silahlar覺n Arnavutluk’da yok edilmesi g羹ndemdeymi. 襤nsanlar bunun i癟in protestolar yap覺yorlar. H羹k羹metse para i癟in bunu kabul edebilir gibi bir durumda ama 癟ekingen tak覺l覺yor. lkenin %70′i M羹sl羹man iken %30′u Hristiyan. lkeyle ilgili en a覺rt覺c覺 ey ise d羹nyan覺n ilk ateist devleti olmu olmas覺.Enver Hoca d繹neminde b羹t羹n kilise ve camiler kapat覺lm覺 ve Arnavutluk, 1967 y覺l覺nda resmi olarak d羹nyadaki ilk ateist devlet olmu, ancak 1990′lar覺n balar覺nda dini anlamda 繹zg羹rl羹kler tekrar geri gelmi. Enver Hoca asl覺nda bir diktat繹r. Komunist rejimde insanlar覺n her eyine kar覺an, bat覺l覺 gibi giyinmemelerini, bat覺 m羹zii dinlememelerini ve ondan baka hi癟 bir kural覺 tan覺mamalar覺n覺 isteyen bir adamm覺. 襤nsanlar覺n hayat tarz覺na m羹dahele ediyor ve kendi koyduu kurallara tam itaat bekliyormu. (Tayyip level 60?) Dinleri yasaklamas覺n覺n ana nedeni de tanr覺ya deil insanlar bana tapmal覺 diye d羹羹nmesiymi.