Is it really summer? An awful weather here in April and May! I don't know impact in tourism but I think there was some.
Impact in the garden too with a late fruits harvest, a hard maintenance and a limited use of the garden, so the bar. Not so many aperitive boards sold for now :/ The solar panels did not have their best output either!
Talking about Mother Nature...
An unexpected event happened in this beggining of June: an earthquake. Yes, yes, one of them that shake walls and jingle tableware. The epicentre was located 17km ago from Korçë, intensity 5.3. There was some damages in the villages depending on houses initial state. At home, we note nothing with regret except one frame broken.
I experimented with the "frozen rabbit in car lights" state. Indeed, I heard as a truck passing nearby the house but that carry on and then amplify as we were next to a railway. Surprise and incomprehension rooted me to the spot.
It was a scary experience above all the next days withaftershocks. They are more or less strong and unpredictable. We never know when it will stop and during the night, I had the impress that there were few small movements. Well, it's like a little rocking motion. I had not avoided sleeping. On the contrary, a friend told me she spent the first night in her car, scary to stay in her appartment. What a confidence in their building...
Now I am well informed about what to do in case of earthquake. The last one was 6 years ago so let's hope that this experience will not reproduce soon!
Now, I have my little hosteler rythm. I walcome guests almost every day. A few bookings but many people come directly. The word of mouth works very well that makes me happy (and pretty proud). I have to be there all the time and this avoids moving a lot. But it's fine. I am busy here, between the maintenance of the house and the garden, there is stuff to do! And a few fittings here and there.
However, I keep on exploring to suggest plenty of activities: development of climbing, tracking hikings (with Wikiloc App for people who know it), wineyard in Korçë that we can visit with a wine taste (beer and wine in the same city, it's great!), and handcraft that set up in the old bazar. The city is changing quickly and becomes more and more touristic. It's nice to be part of this!
By the way, here is a short "promotional" movie I put on YouTube et Facebook: https://youtu.be/G_eC7SQHyZM
A few French friends visits also after family in April: Lucie the Albanian, Renaud and his motorbike from Sofia (delighted with the visit and the ride, thanks :)), Virginie and her family traveling in campevan for 3 months, Sarah the temporary nomad who was my roommate for 2 weeks.
Still lovely meetings also... Nice people attract nice people according to an universal law, established with the help of some raki...
For the second year, I organized the "Summer party" the 21st of June, with Albanian friends. It is also the Music fest in France and we celebrated well with musicians, singinig, dancing, with homemade dishes and French breverage. Thanks Sarah for helping! She helped so much that people thought she worked at the hostel!
As well, I started paper work for visa extension. This time, it must be for 2 years but I overpass the deadline so I apply again for 1 year. It is in progress but as the same time I registered on the "French abroad register". That's it, I'm a bit expat...
Eventually, I begin the high season peacefully because the first results are good and I am pretty well-proven now. But there was a huge decrease in June, general all over Albania. So, let's see in September the gobal result!
Looking forward, enjoy summer at home or traveling!