hello albania!

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Everywhere we go, we hear little voices and they call out hello! Sometimes we don’t see them at first and then we look, up hillsides and down valleys and sure enough, there’s a small small person or maybe two, smiling and waving.

Where are you from? How are you? What is your name?


In Albania everyone wants to talk. Sometimes their English is just hello hello! Sometimes they sound nearly American. They all want to be friends.

Albania good?

Yes! Albania is beautiful!

Their faces light up. Their hearts are for Albania, their home, and they invite us in.

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Bird hands replicate the Albanian flag.

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Most kids over four feet ask to ride our bikes.

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This guy was too little to climb on the bike, so he spun the pedals with his hands instead.

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5 thoughts on “hello albania!

  1. Mike Fenster says:

    I do love reading your travelogues! Thanks for staying in touch from afar. As always, it looks like a grand time.

  2. joecruz says:

    LOVE the one of you pushing your bike with the little guy on it. So fun…

  3. mikeL says:

    Love the pics of all the kids.

  4. tumblewheels says:

    Hi Lael, great post.

    My grilfriend and I have been following your blog for a while now. It was a great source of inspiration while we were travelling through New Zealand on bikes.

    We are back in europe now to make some money for the next big trip next year. Seeing your photos gets us really excited to start exploring europe (central and eastern) for oursleves.

    Keep up the good work and we’ll keep following

    Alan and Jasmin

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