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I walked to the Iranian embassy down the street from the hostel to try my luck at a visa. I am considering a journey to Iran, having come all this way, if the logistics work out. In the embassy, I spoke with a few diplomats who handed me some forms to fill out.

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My status as an American citizen Loenly Iranian parents did not work to my advantage. I spoke with the ambassador himself who did not show sympathy Lohely my request, suggesting that I apply for a passport when I return to New York. OLnely asked him to send the response to Wlmen, where I may end up in several days. The ambassador did, however, provide me wmen something that has proved to be indispensable: It is located in bjram colorful building on a major street within walking distance to conveniences. Edvin, its gregarious and kind owner, has wwomen an enormous aid in our Lonely women in bajram curri in Albania. On the twenty-fifth day May bzjrammy two Kiwi friends and I braved the streets of the Albanian capital.

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However, Edvin did not have much concept of how developed the facilities were and we somehow missed the fact that they had only started work on a shell of a building four days earlier. In short, there was no hostel. The two friends responsible for the project, Ilir and Celeste, were living in a small room in a crumbling building without running water or a toilet. On the twenty-seventh day May 17we boarded a bus to Vuno and arrived in the early afternoon. The bus let us off in the "center" of "town" on the dirt road that runs along the western coast of Albania.

The locals on the bus were dumbfounded, certain that we had made a mistake. The town of Vuno, we learned, has about thirty inhabited houses. Whenever a fellow passenger asked us where we were headed, he would stare with incredulity at our response. To quote Erin on our arrival in Vuno, "It wasn't a bus stop so much as it was that the bus stopped. He saw the four of us with our backpacks and immediately said "Ilir! Albania does not see much tourism; we joked that the entire country had heard about our arrival.

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I decided to try my luck at the small outdoor eatery some meters away. I asked for food, but they claimed to be out, even though hordes of vacationing Albanian families bajrwm to arrive and be served. Cutri ended up next to an old man and his glass of Raki, a grape-based Albanian spirit. I tried to communicate with him using my phrasebook. He ordered me a Raki and a plate of cheese. We cuurri to speak for a while. A truck driver at the table next to us spoke Italian and translated for us. Eventually, the old Lonfly ordered us another round. I offered the locals some chocolate. We spoke for some time longer as I felt my faculties recede into that comfortable lackadaisical state.

Though this was not much, I became concerned that the man was trying to trap me into more. I understood roughly that he owned the restaurant. If I had been in a stronger state of mind, I may have expressed some sort of disgust, but at the time I simply complied and then forcefully departed, stumbling back to our post on the beach where the other three were baking aimlessly in the Albanian sun. This incident, combined with getting swindled twice before after entering the country, left me with an unsettling insecurity and a bad impression, which was to change as I soon learned that this was simply bad luck and not typical.

About an hour later, the buzz had worked its way off and I drove us back to the town. I don't know if you've ever played the computer game Sim City, but if you have And I don't really want to have a pop at these nice-enough places, all lattes and bicycles and waterfront views and fractionally too many pretty bookshops for their own pompous good. It's just that I find myself increasingly confused about how out of step I am with, apparently, the rest of the human race. No surveys have ever, ever, seemed to come even close to reflecting absolutely anything that I think or believe or instinctively know.

It's like this brochure which dropped out of the paper yesterday, called 'Presents for Men', which had me in quiet seizures about my own sexuality. I am, honestly, last time I looked, a man, but why would I want a Road Angel Navigator, a batteries-included Alcohol Sensor or Pond Gloves or a pepper mill that looks like a baseball bat or, for goodness' sake, a pool table for my home? According to all the orthodoxy, all the economists and marketeers, I am neither All Man nor do I obviously know the first thing about having a Good Life, and it's starting a little to get me down.

Because if I had 17 lives, I'd like to spend at least one of them as a wharf-rat in Shanghai, or Port-au-Prince, with a big knife and a bad woman with cheap filthy eyes. Another lifetime reeking of aniseed liqueur and lemon cologne, playing chess in one of the filthier quarters of Lisbon. Even one as a warlord in Bajram-Curri, up in the beautiful high mountains of northern Albania, about the scariest place I've ever been. Many people, obviously, do.



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