The Time We Celebrated Eid Al-Adha

The Time We Celebrated Eid Al-Adha

So, before I explain why I’m gloriously out of school today, I’d like to begin this post by saying I REALLY respect how Albania does religion. In a nutshell, Albanians are extremely moderate about religion. They don’t really care who’s Muslim or Christian, they don’t fanaticize their own beliefs, and they certainly don’t want to impose their own religious beliefs on anyone else. They have a beautiful “live and let live” attitude about religion, thinking that a person’s beliefs are…

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That Time I Cried in the Grocery Store

That Time I Cried in the Grocery Store

It finally happened. I had my first meltdown. In public, no less. Here’s what happened: It takes me at least an hour to buy a few basic things at the grocery store because all the labels are in different languages… Sometimes Albanian, sometimes Greek, sometimes Italian. I was using the GoogleTranslate App on my phone, which allows me to take a photo of the text of a food label, and then it will translate it for me. Standing in front…

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That Time I Decided To Move To Albania

That Time I Decided To Move To Albania

Holy Shqip, How’d I get Here? It all started when I was 16 and the love of my life dumped me for another girl.  Actually, my story starts even sooner than that. Let me back up a bit… and then allow me to elaborate. 🙂 I have always loved teaching. As a little girl, I would line up all my stuffed animals and pretend they were my students. I kept a “class roster” and even assigned homework! Later, in middle school, I…

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10 Reasons You’ll Fall in Love with Ljubljana

10 Reasons You’ll Fall in Love with Ljubljana

Of all the cities where I’ve traveled in Europe, I’ve never felt so drawn to a place as I did with the gorgeous town of Ljubljana. Within a few hours of touching down in Slovenia, I was absolutely hooked on this magical country. In fact, I fell so head-over-heels in love with this city that I am considering moving here for my next expat location! I wound up spending my entire trip there counting all the wonderful benefits of moving to Ljubljana….which of…

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10 Reasons to Visit Albania

10 Reasons to Visit Albania

10 Reasons To Visit Albania Before I was offered a job in Albania, I couldn’t even find this country on a map. Now that I’ve lived here for a year, I am absolutely convinced that everyone should know about this amazing country. Are you planning your next adventure abroad? Before you jetset for another crowded city somewhere, consider adding this unique Balkan country to your itinerary.    1. Albania is spectacularly cheap. With fresh seafood dinners costing around $5 , your wallet will love…

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