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  1. Logbook to the middle ages. VIII

    A few days later I travel to Fier, a small town (is there any other kind of town in Albania?) northwest of Berat. It is only 45 minutes and we need to source some equipment from there so I am in charge of inspecting them. I leave Berat and in about 15 minutes am transported in time.
    I have tried to paint Berat as a medieval town, a castle on top, the streets of cobblestones, the time placid and basically immeasurable. But as I leave it this time, my time machine, a Japanese pick up truck, ...
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  2. Winston has passed away.

    It is with heavy hearts that Alvena’s family announces her passing. It was such a gift to have her in our lives, she’ll be greatly missed.
    — with Alvena Hiatt.


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  3. Logbook to the middle ages. VII

    I will find out that most of the food in Berat is like that. There are small markets around town but most of the fruits and veggies are locally grown and farmed by the owners, who then go to town and sell them on the spot.
    There is no concept of “health food”. The bread in the town is baked in a few small bakeries which cater to all. Our young Albanian translator insists that it is therefore NOT homemade, as he has his mom and wife to make him “real” bread. I ask if the small bakeries use ...
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  4. Logbook to the middle ages. VI

    I am a man of gastronomical fortune. Through my life I have found myself in some places and situations in which the most delicious food has been served to me. And mind you, I have been fortunate in the “traditional” ways. 3 star restaurants are not unknown to me. I have had Cambodian food in Paris. I entered an Ethiopian hole in the wall in NYC only to find a food heaven. In San Francisco I was treated to a thousand different dim-sums, all flavorful beyond belief.
    But the most memorable ...

    Updated 08-05-2019 at 01:01 PM by ponchi101

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  5. Logbook to the middle ages. V

    I am later told that the real Berat is just simply down the road. We, the company, have done what so many times I have seen before. We have taken a hotel in town and rented almost all of its rooms, converted their conference areas into our offices and have started to work. We are working for the Dutch giant SHELL, one of the most anally retentive companies in the world. Examples of their obtuse ways abound. We are in a town, in a hotel, well away from any danger but yet we have to wear high reflective ...
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