Immersion Trip: Day 8

Today we went on the Hash. The Hash House Harriers is an international running club, organized primarily wherever there are English-speaking ex-pats, although there are many non-English-speaking adherents. The point is to follow a trail laid out earlier in the day by the “hares”. The trail is marked in chalk or flour (D.C.’s clubs discontinued their use of flour after the anthrax scares post-9/11) and it includes false trails, turnarounds, and such. We set out early on Saturday morning and took the Durres Road out. Today’s group was impressively multinational – represented were Albania, Australia, China, Egypt, France, the Netherlands…

Immersion Trip: Day 7

Good Lord, I am the worst blogger ever … today’s June 3 and I’m still on April 20.Today we visited two outdoor markets. &nbspThe second market is the village market (Treg Fshatari) where they had the most amazing food – gorgeous fruits and vegetables, and fresh meat. &nbspYou know the meat is fresh because the butcher puts the skinned head of the unlucky donor on the counter … &nbspNote the old-fashioned scale in the second photo. I spent the rest of the day meeting people, and then went to the Marine House for happy hour where I met more people….