Strange bedfellows : A wolf and a donkey share a cage in the northwestern town of Patok in Albania, about 40 km from the capital Tirana. The donkey was brought into the enclosure to be fed to the wolf, which was caught in the northern Albanian mountains four months ago. The animals have since become attached to each other, cohabitating in the cage for the last 16 days.(AFP/Gent Shkullaku)
I saw this strange story, and wondered, "What kind of place is Albania?"
Why are they capturing a wolf? Why would they try to feed a donkey to it? They both look miserable.
What do I know about Albania? Nothing, except the name of the capital.
Albania USED to be the poorest country in Europe, but it has had its title stolen!!
In Albania they speak Albanian :shocked:
It is the only majority muslim country in Europe. (Bosnia is about 50/50 muslim/ christian).
If you go to Greece you will be pestered by Albanian beggers, and they will try to 'wash' your car if you stop at traffic lights. If you sit in a cafe, kids about 5 years old, will come up to you with notes (in English) saying stuff like "My mother is dead, and I have leukemia. Please give me money".
The scenery is quite mountainous- I saw it from a plane.
Albania has a semi-feudal system. It is one of the poorest nations of Europe. Maybe only Moldova is poorer then it. But since it is close to western europe and EU nations and has a small population, the standard of living of its citizens can improve substantially within 10 years.
Albania is 70% Muslim. state It used to be an isolationist stalinist state like North Korea under its lunatic leader, Hoxha. Its national hero is Skanderberg a Christian who converted to Islam and then back to Chrisitanity in 15th Century and who is a national hero for Albanians as well as Mother Theresa who actually was a Macedonian of Albanian heritage. It borders Kosovo whose people are Albanians but who speak a different dialect of Albanian and would rather have independance from Serbia as well as not merge with Albania. Kosovo will be like Taiwan, independant in all but name.
Oh and Jim Belushi has Albanian heritage.
I visited Albania many years ago. It is a starkly beautiful country with lovely people. (And, of course, those Albanian bunkers are quite a sight to see.) Yes, it is quite poor. Hopefully, someday I will return.