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Tirana

History:

"Tirana was founded as a city in 1614, although the area has been continuously inhabited since antiquity. One of the ancient monuments, the Tirana Mosaic is believed to have been part of a 3rd-century Ancient Roman house. Later, in the 5th and 6th centuries, a Paleo-Christian Basilica was built around this site. Tirana did not attain much significance until the early 20th century, when the Congress of Lushnjë proclaimed it Albania's capital following the country's declaration of independence in 1912."

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History:

"The government declared independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912. Then, in 1939, the country was successfully invaded by Italy. Shortly after that, in 1944, Communist loyalist took control. For the next several decades, Albania aligned itself first with Russia (until 1960) and then China (until 1978). Finally, in 1991, the people were able to end 46 years of strife when they once again declared independence and established a multi-party democracy."

Fun Facts and Trivia:

"Albania has over 750,000 bunkers spread out across the land.  They were all built during the dictatorship of Enver Hoxha in order to protect the country from an invasion. "

Customs and Culture

"Despite their poverty, Albanians are exceptionally generous and hospitable. A person invited to dinner will be given enough to "feed an army," even though the host may go hungry the next day. It is not unusual for an Albanian family to spend a month's salary to feed a visitor."

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  Quick Facts: Entry & Exit, Safety & Security  

Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations & Hepatitis A

Visas: Not required for a US citizen for a stay up to one year

What to Pack: "Albania uses 220V, so you'll need a step-down transformer to run appliances that take 110V. Also, don’t forget your 2-pin European adapter."

 

 

Berat

History:

"Berat is one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. In July 2008, the old town called Mangalem district, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List."

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Water Safety: Drink bottled water

Money: Currency: Albanian lek Exchange Rate

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