Mega Vega Cooking Lab

From the moment all students arrived in Tirana, Frederic and Pim bounded together as kitchen technicians, initiating the Mega Vega Cooking Lab. Every evening, when most of us return from our urban explorations, Frederic and Pim occupy the hostel’s kitchen to combine their cooking skills and energies to serve the group a freshly cooked vegan dinner. What drives them to be in charge of the kitchen is their passionate love for locally sourced food and years of experience in anarchist cooking laboratories, stirring up recipes for disaster. What’s on the menu for this eve’s edition? PASTA! With a finishing touch of herbs collected from the garden of King Leka (who recently passed away).

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A Trip to Krujë

On Thursday (2 Feb), Myself (John), Silvia and Eric went on a quick day trip to the mountain town of Krujë, just north of Tirana. While we had hoped to see the Krujë castle + the National Ethnographic Museum, we only had the time to visit it’s famous old markets. Very few tourists were there (I only saw one other group of about 5) and the shopkeepers were more than insistently happy that we spend our Leks in their shops which specialize in antiques, Albanian traditional clothing, various claptrap and the occasional remnants from the communist past (I got an Enver Hoxha magnet, but you could also find coffee mugs and espresso cups with the dear departed leader on them). Anyway, we all made out with some lovely items (you can see my traditional hat I bought with me in front of a stray cow). I also scored a handful of DVD’s of Albanian movies: the rather important Enveri ynë, Skenderbeu, Koncert në vitin 1936, and the dumpy looking comedy Kapedani 2: Cherche La Femme for my own twisted amusement (no luck on YouTube with that one)..

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