......I didn't do Berat justice. It is one of the best cities
to explore in Albania, or so I read. But, I didn't explore it. It
was extremely hot the day that I arrived. The plan was to stroll the
city for the afternoon and then continue on my way to Tirana. However,
when I stepped off the bus in the blazing heat, I decided that I'd
have to see Berat another day. I headed on to Tirana.
forty years of communism, Albanians heard they needed to prepare for
the immanent invasion from America. So, dotting the countryside, beach
fronts, cliffs, city perimeters, and farms were the remains of the
bomb shelters. Some were built for large portions of the population,
but most were built for about three people and a machine gun. There
were an estimated 700,000 of these cement mushrooms scattered around
my second visit, I saw mushroom shaped ashtrays carved from stone.
Some clever Albanian found some good marketing use for the mushrooms.
I bought one and I don't even smoke.