Dhermi the sixth of July 2012


 The downfall off rain in Sweden was setting new records in the beginning of July this summer. I escaped to Albania.  This is Dhermi in the south, the sixth of July 2012.

Old church on the hill!

  It´s  a good idea to take a walk up the mountain above Dhermi and visit the remains of this old orthodox church. This is the place where you´ll find the largest number of churches per capita in Albania!

I have received different information about the percentage in the country of orthodox christians versus muslims etcetera. One source said 30% muslims 30% orthodox christians and 30% non believers.  The Albanians are discrete when it comes to manifest their beliefs in clothing or other symbols!

Give me a brake at Llogara!

It was a breathtaking moment when the small bus started to descend the steep Llogara mountain between Vlora and Saranda in the south Albanian coast. The serpentine road is one of the most dramatic I´ve sen, and I have crossed the Andes several times!

It became even more thrilling when my seat neighbor told me graphically with lots of details about a fatal accident a month ago not far from here. 13 passengers died!

A few minutes later when the typical smell of overheated brakes became evident in the “furgon” all passengers, muslims, catholics, orthodoxies and atheists looked at that rosary in the front window and made a silent prayer..

The driver, concentrated and increasingly pale managed somehow finally to stop the bus for a thirty minute cool down pause!