I blogged about our image abroad as Ugly Americans and included our government’s new guidelines for reigning in our American-ness when we travel overseas, and we’ve all noted the more than occasional anti-American rants here in blogland. So what to do when you’re an American who wants to get away to a foreign country and be accepted and even welcomed (gasp!)? After watching our president’s reception in Albania, I’m pretty tempted to consider a vacation there. Check out what CNN is calling President Bush’s “rock star” greeting by the Albanians:
It’s a beautiful thing. And it turns out that Albania itself is a beautiful country (um, if you have no idea where the heck Albania is, here’s a map), just take a look at some of these pics here and here. The country also has a rich history, and did I mention they like us (Americans) there? Always a plus.
There are a couple of tourism sites (here and here), and there’s even a Sheraton to stay in, too, if you’re like me and like to absorb the culture and local character during the day but snuggle up in a toasty and soft bed after a nice hot shower at night. There are beaches, shopping, temples and mosques, castles, and shopping (yes, I said that twice). The exchange rate on the Albanian lek is $1 USD to 93.010 ALL, if you’re interested.
Also of possible interest is the list of famous Albanian Americans (yo, Tally, Faith is on there!):
This is a list of notable Albanian Americans (from wiki).
Anyway, it’s just an idea. There’re no pyramids nor roads of water, no (in Chevy Chase voice, “look kids”) Big Ben, Parliament, but it looks pretty interesting all the same. And did I mention they like us?