At 7 o’clock in the morning, I took a bus to Gramsh with two girls who accompanied me. The bus was old and torn and the roads were bumpy.
Then we transferred to the girls’ grandpa’s car to get to Gramsh. His car dashboard fired a few problems in his car but it was disregarded like other run-down vehicles. If this car was in America, it would get fixed right away.
I started my day with breakfast of Pilaf….rice with some broth juice on it.
Here are few pix…
I walked around and explored until noon. Then I took the bus back to Cingar
At the house, I had a paparazzi who kept taking videos and pictures of me. It was a little red-head girl, a little bashful but nice.
During my evening stroll, I found 1500 leke, equivalent to $14-15 dollars, on the ground. I had no need so I gave it away. My new albanian friends were crazy excited and said it’s good luck. I opposed to the idea and think it’s bad luck to pick up money from the ground so they spent it on candies and coffee. We had pizza for dinner. The evening stroll, or what we Americans in Albania call it “bej xhiro”, is when many of the locals take a stroll around the center of the town with friends and family, chatting, and having fun.
My impression on Gramsh was a positive one. I enjoyed my time there and people were friendly and curious as always. I went to the souvenir shop to buy some postcards but the clerk refused my money and said it’s a gift. I was confused but kindly thanked her for the gift. How generous!