|A Londoner staring down the locals|
You won't get caught in gangland crossfire and you won't be robbed. Bournemouth is scarier. You're more likely to be suffocated by kindness.
Just be careful crossing the road (Flickr video).
|Albania = lovely x lovely squared|
Albania is the only occupied country that ended World War Two with more Jews than it started with. It also helped Einstein get to America some years earlier.
This is explained by a deep cultural obligation to help strangers, and we saw that first-hand in the hospitality of our Airbnb hosts and the friendliness of every soul we met. Aww.
|Where are the hotels?|
Then there are the sweeping white beaches with no hotels (yet). And then the rivers, lakes (Flickr timelapse) and islands.
It's the original pocket-sized Eden.
|Another government-demolished hotel. Aha.|
In 1950-90 the place was, basically, North Korea. Every third person was detained, there were only 600 cars, 170,000 bunkers dotted the countryside and still do (Flickr photo) and then the place went bust*.
The effects are clear to see in attitudes, infrastructure and sights - and 1990s prices.
More snaps and videos from our 15-day visit (Flickr)
*Thankfully it is getting back on its feet now.