|Skanderbeg Square Tirana|
Eventually, I was able to find the Stephen Center and was able to buy some Albanian New Testaments, dramatized New Testaments (on CD/mp3), bookmarks with Bible verses, and souvenirs.
If anyone is visiting Albania soon, I have a couple of the New Testaments left. Albanian bibles were so hard to find- even online! I even found a copy of The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe in Albanian. I plan on mailing that along with the bookmarks to K soon. I left the dramatized New Testaments with the front desk staff. I knew they had a CD player in the breakfast room. Most of the time, the girls would sit in the breakfast room (next to a small heater- it was so cold) instead of sitting behind the desk area (right by the front door). So maybe they 'll take a listen on a slow, cold day.
On Saturday, a warm front was scheduled to pass through- bringing the temperatures up to 50 F! I knew that it would be the perfect day to take the Dajti Express to the top of Mount Dajti. The hotel called me a taxi (it was on the far end of town) and I finally got to go up one of those incredible mountains that cover 70% of the country. There was a restaurant at the top but that was the extent of my knowledge of what to expect.
When I arrived at the top (15-20 minutes), I discovered that the snow (which had melted in Tirana) still covered the ground. And I found that we really didn't go to the TOP of Mount Dajti..it was covered with clouds. But it was high up enough to get a panoramic view of the city and to be extremely cold!
There was also a HOTEL at the top! The Hotel Belvedere was offering rooms for just $50 a night (this included free cable car rides up and down as there is no other way up!) Maybe next time. I walked around a little bit but it was so very cold so I peeked into the restaurant (not sure if it was open yet or not). Thankfully it WAS.
|When I exited the cable car..|
I decided that if I wanted to get DOWN the mountain I better move it. As you can see, there was already a layer of snow at the top. It was like a winter wonderland.
So I finished my journey to Dajti early and returned to the hotel. The day was still young and I had been reading about some communist era bunkers outside of town.. (to be continued)