1. aunty eileen says


    Does that mean those who guessed correctly. but actually thanks to the internet and a few key words typed, get an Albanian Global Table dinner invitation next week : ) Are you flying us all in…. : )

    That second music clip with the camera/editing moving so fast is very annoying I think… plus I can’t imagine that the second clip represents the vast majority of people in that country?


    • aunty eileen says

      ha ha… I probably would have also if my eyes could have kept up with the movement. Oh well, ol age I guess. yea, it would be interesting to know how the young people like to pass their time. I think I read that school is only mandatory up to 9th grade… I found this bit on wiki about their music.

      Southern Albanian music is soft and gentle, and polyphonic in nature.

      Vlorë in the southwest has perhaps the most unusual vocal traditions in the area, with four distinct parts (taker, thrower, turner and drone) that combine to create a complex and emotionally cathartic melody. Author Kim Burton has described the melodies as “decorated with falsetto and vibrato, sometimes interrupted by wild and mournful cries”.

      This polyphonic vocal music is full of power that “stems from the tension between the immense emotional weight it carries, rooted in centuries of pride, poverty and oppression, and the strictly formal, almost ritualistic nature of its structure”.

      Can’t wait to see the pictures and read the revues of sashas Albanian dinner. I love vegetables and am anxious to know how she liked the vegetable dish.

  2. aunty eileen says

    Since this is the entertainment page while we anxiously wait the result of sasha’s wonderful Global Table dinner party, I found a joke. For some reason I couldn’t find an Albanian joke but maybe this will do:

    3 Greeks and 3 Turks are travelling by train to a conference. At the station, the 3 Turks each buy tickets and watch as the 3 Greeks buy only a single ticket. “How are 3 people going to travel on only one ticket?” asks one Turk. “Watch and you’ll see,” answers one Greek. They all board the train. The Turks take their respective seats but all three Greeks cram into a restroom and close the door behind them.

    Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the restroom door and says, “Ticket, please.” The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on.

    The Turks saw this and agreed it was quite a clever idea. So after the conference, the Turks decide to copy the Greeks on the return trip and save some money (being clever with money, and all that). When they get to the station, they buy a single ticket for the return trip.

    To their astonishment, the Greeks don’t buy a ticket at all. “How are you going to travel without a ticket?” says one perplexed Turk. “Watch and you’ll see,” answers a Greek. When they board the train the 3 Turks cram into a restroom and the 3 Greeks cram into another one nearby. The train departs. Shortly afterward, one of the Greeks leaves his restroom and walks over to the restroom where the Turks are hiding. He knocks on the door and says, “Ticket, please.”

    : )

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