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Western Balkans Event-Albania-Tirana Free Flow Yoga Studio

Western Balkans Event-Albania-Tirana Free Flow Yoga Studio

New Year, New Start. Announcing the first Ever Baron Baptiste art of assisting class in the Western Balkans. This unique opportunity will take place between January 20th and the 21st in Tirana, Albania. There are three packages that you can choose from and they are detailed below:   Guest package 1 Two day course 3 night stay in the 4* Boutique Hotel in central Tirana 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 group dinner with the instructor 525 EUR   Guest package 2 2 day course 4 night stay, 3 workshops, 2 full day art of assisting, 1 group dinner, 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches 625 EUR   Guest package 3 “Al a Carte” 2 day course tuition 350 EUR January 17th 2 hour Workshop 15 EUR January 18th 2 hour Workshop 15 EUR January 19th 2 hour Workshop 15 EUR Group dinner 30 EUR   Do not miss out on your chance to register for this... read more

Tis the Season the Sustainable way

I just read an interesting article on luxury travel but keeping it  sustainable at the same time. What better way to be conscious, impactful and make a difference in the most  superficial way while travelling the world, exploring new cultures, food and drink. Travelling to countries like Albania and having a great mystery behind not knowing what to expect is an adventure in itself. But what many people don’t realize that behind these “off the beaten path” destinations there is a bustle of work by the local government in placing new-found tariffs, standards, and infrastructure in place.  Mega NGO’s hunting after grants for training the locals on how to compete in the tourism industry. Local  tour operators attending MEGA travel shows spreading the word about their country and why you should visit. All this preparation and hope for the “big rush” of travellers to come visit; ultimately making these remote locations not so remote anymore. This is the tourism cycle, exploit unknown destinations to the maximum, damage the environment, raise prices than one day ‘back pedal’ to reduce the amount of visitors  and bring back the ‘good old days’. “The cause of over tourism has been identified as a lack of government understanding about the negative impacts of tourism or planning it well; the growth of the middle classes globally and growth of the Chinese market. All these things are true but they completely miss the real cause of over tourism, which is the collusion between airlines, cruise ships and Governments to create artificially cheap flights and cruises at the expense of the taxpayer and the environment.” Responsible Travel article... read more
Albania: in Byron’s footsteps

Albania: in Byron’s footsteps

It was close to midnight, without a soul on the road, and Auron Tare eased the Land Rover into high gear. A full moon pushed through the windshield. The motorway was new and gun-barrel straight until, suddenly, it wasn’t anything at all. We shot off the end of the road and into a cratered dirt field. For a moment, we were airborne.Синтомицин I wailed as the engine whined and a feeling of weightlessness expanded inside the truck. We slammed back to earth, bounced around and came to a crawl, shaken but fine. Read More... read more

Tis the season in Albania

Tis the season in Albania. For a country that has gone through so much  turmoil and  struggle over the past 23 years, one can finally say that the country is finally making  a turn and it feels like Christmas.  Even though this time of year was traditionally celebrated by engaging in festivities for the  NEW YEAR ONLY, its feels like Christmas too! Celebrating the holidays in Albania has become quite festive and still a good deal in comparison to the neighboring countries. Tirana for the first time (thanks to the NEW mayor) has dedicated most of the  festivities and lots of activities geared around families and children…the forgotten sector over the years. Sheshi Mother Teresa is blocked off and dedicated to spreading the cheer. Filled with small wooden houses, local artisans selling there charms and hot wine to warm your belly. Streets are adorned with  holidays decorations and puts us all in the mood. Don’t forget to check out the charming town of Korca which  is transformed into a little christmas wonderland with skiing options nearby. Once this desolate, dark, gray blighted country now welcomes you to taste the holidays “Albanian... read more

FALL….the right time to Travel to Albania

With the change of season comes the change of travel. No more desire to lay seaside. The itch to trek through the country side, sip on hot wine and raki, explore an ancient site in the middle of day is the ideal way to travel through Albania this time of year.  A country that is over 75% mountainous with vast mountain tops, sun shining bright during the day but a coolness in the evening allows for a wonderfully deep sleep which is a sure way to prepare everyone that winter is near.Ceoec Whether you driving through the country entering from one border and out the other, the colors of the land are magical enough to slow you down. Expect to see right wild yellow mums,  red thorny bushes, orange tree tops and lush green valleys, bursting pomegranite trees, ever so sweet presimins and juicy grapes trimming the road side. Birdwatching lovers can find over a few hundreds different species of birds which will vary throughout the country. New Birdwatching tours/trails have been created and ready to... read more

Happy Birthday to me…

Celebrating one’s birthday each year during the summer time in south Albania is easy and fun. For something that may take hours of preparation, these last minute planned events can’t get any better with the back drop of mountains, hills, sea and fresh catch seafood. As we off-roaded through the back area of Butrint for about 20 mins, we settled along the beach in a thatched style little cafe for some shade and cold beer. We feasted on the famous “wild Qefull” fish..white, filets with very little bones grilled to perfection. These “brackish” waters is home to some of the most well known fish in the region. During the 15th-16th Century during the Venetians period… archives indiscate the fish was so desired that Ventians in Butrint transported it back to Venice for upper class delight. Along the beach you will still find signs of Roman period bricks for the once existing Monastary and baths that existed 2,000 years prior. But before we began our party celebration we kicked off celebration with a 2 min beach clean-up. This is one of the consequences as to being so closely related to the Coastline Agency in Albania with their second year in a row “action” of cleaning our beaches.... read more