German on the Mount

There's a mountain just outside of Tirana where you can gondola up to the top.

Like everything else in Albania, it was basically deserted. I had my own gondola!

You see these bunkers all over Albania. The former dictator, Enver Hoxha, built thousands of them for the inevitable (ha) Western invasion.

There were some abandoned ... radio sheds? I have no idea what these are.

There was no one manning them, or telling me not to poke around.

I don't know why Tirana is where it is. It's not on the water or near any resources, it's just sort of plopped in the knuckles of a bunch of mountains.

Apparently Albania has oodles of regional diversity, which is impressive considering it's basically the size of Rhode Island.

I imagine it was easier to get lost up here before there was a gondola.

Though the way down was probably faster.

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