An “Avash Avash” World

If I were to pick one phrase to describe life in Albania it would have to be “Avash, Avash,” which means slowly, slowly. To say that the pace of life is different than America would be the understatement of the century. The day to day Albanian tendencies that I thought were odd when I first arrived are becoming normal. I am starting to forget that this is not what life looks like in the states.

Which is why I have photographed a day in the life of a PCV living in Permet.

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Puppy!! I want to keep him. Too many stray dogs to count. I wish I could take a lot of them home.

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My apartment building

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Every time I sweep the floors I find a new insect that has crawled in.

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My walk to work

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The center of town

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Lunch with my sitemate!

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The health Center

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My office

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Kindergarten

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Permet is located in a valley

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Alley way to the health center

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Police Station

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Furgons- A PCV’s chariot for traveling around the country

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Park near the center of town

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The qender

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Permet is known as the city of Roses

Produce time!

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My favorite cafe because it has air conditioning

My favorite cafe because it has air conditioning

A dessert shop I pass every day on my way home. I have to fight myself to not go in each time I walk by!

A dessert shop I pass every day on my way home. I have to fight myself to not go in each time I walk by!

A typical Albanian meal- salad, meat and french fries.

A typical Albanian meal- salad, meat and french fries.

Drinking my corona that cost more than my entire meal. Whoops.

Drinking my corona that cost more than my entire meal. Whoops.

PCV's out for a drink. It's too hot to sit at home!

PCV’s out for a drink. It’s too hot to sit at home!

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Benje- the thermal waters 14 km from Permet

Benje- the thermal waters 14 km from Permet

Canyon at Benje

Canyon at Benje

This lady knows how to handle the heat. A solar powered cap that has a fan attached to it!

This lady knows how to handle the heat. A solar powered cap that has a fan attached to it!

A man chopping up rocks with a hatchet...in his underwear. Albanians can be very entertaining.

A man chopping up rocks with a hatchet…in his underwear. Albanians can be very entertaining.

Busy day at the river

Busy day at the river

Indian food! Slowly learning how to work with the quirks of my stovetop!

Indian food! Slowly learning how to work with the quirks of my stovetop!

My stove/oven

My stove/oven

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Avash, avash

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Permet, such a beautiful city!

4 thoughts on “An “Avash Avash” World

  1. Amazing country side & ways of life! We are all in too big a hurry! Why? Probably won’t weed or mow in under shorts 🙂
    Keep your blogs coming 🙂 love all info & photos!
    Love you ..auntie j.

  2. Pretty pictures! I notice that the 2 captions that got exclamation points at the end were a picture of your lunch, and the produce stands! …still the same old Amba 🙂 Miss you!

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