My second trip to Albania
I recently got to publish the previous Albania travel blog and now I’m writing a new one. Sometimes I’m downright jealous of Helsinki residents who can hop straight on the plane or decide to have an evening coffee in Tallinn today. North Karelia is almost forced to travel first for one day to get to the airport and make the schedules suitable for onward connections.
This time we decided to fold the trip to Helsinki by train and dragged our suitcases through the snowdrifts. I lifted the heaviest bag into the hold for my first work on the hat rack and then down again as meltwater began to flow from the bench in front of it.
The check-in only had to be done at the airport because for some reason it was not successful online or with the phone app. I also bought the service from Supersaver for a test, but to no avail. From there, I got the message that the doing should be done at the airport. I called the plane while waiting for the plane to grow up and tried to be convincing. Apparently they succeeded because the money promised to be returned. The problem was reportedly in the incompatible systems of Turkish Airlines and Air Albany.
During the flight, we enjoyed something that Finnair and Norwegian, for example, have long since forgotten. The Turkish offers a piece of hot food and drink as a button. The 30-pound suitcase also goes into the hold for free. After the exchange, Air Albania still offered a good chicken salad, a bun and an apple pie. Despite these, many boycott the Turkish airline because of Recep Tayyip Erdoğa, but I personally cannot think so far.
Eventually we boarded the plane, accompanied by a warm spring breeze, to Tirana International Airport. The airport is called Nënë Teresa, according to Mother Teresa, who was of Albanian descent. Locally, the airport is better known as Rinas Airport due to its location.
The existence of the corona virus was realized immediately in the passport control queue when fever surveyors checked each immigrant. The situation still seemed relatively playful on March 3, 2020, as the surveyors did their work with a smile on their face. Some passengers took the opportunity to take selfies with fever surgeons. There were no confirmed cases of Korona in Albania yet.