A last fix..

 

 before entering the arena and the critical eyes of the jury and a large number of spectators.

Boy was I lucky to stumble into this event the same night (end of June 2012) I arrived to Saranda in southern Albania. Three days of cultural performances with representation from all regions in Albania.  I loved the atmosphere and I think I was the only foreigner present.

Albanian energy!

  Taking a zip before entering the stage at this big cultural event in Saranda, southern Albania the last days of june 2012.

She wears the typical costume from here region and shortly she will perform some dances before the jury and national television. Lots of nerves, serious stuff!