Look What Came From Albania by Floriana N

 

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Table of Contents

 

Introduction............................................................Pg. 3

The Flag...................................................................Pg. 4

Geography..............................................................Pg. 5

Clothes.....................................................................Pg. 6

Festivals..................................................................Pg. 7

Sports......................................................................Pg. 8

Music........................................................................Pg. 9

Wild World............................................................Pg. 10

How to say.............................................................Pg. 11

Food..........................................................................Pg. 12

Recipe......................................................................Pg. 13

Quotes.....................................................................Pg. 14-15

Conclusion.............................................................Pg. 16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing Albania

    Have you ever heard a cow moo or a rooster cock-a-doodle-doo without going to a farm? If you go to Albanian people have cows and chickens in their backyard. Albanians wake up to a roosters call at 9:00, 12:00.

    Albania was ruled over many empires so, there was no record of when it became a country. Albania gained its independence on, November 28, 1912.

    The most recent population in Albania is 2,891,087 people. The first president of Albania was Ahmet Zogu from 1922- 1939. He ruled for 17 years with only one election. He was not a good president, he acted like a dictator. The most recent president is, Bujar Nishani.

 

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       The Flag

      A bright, breathless banner, black and red… THE ALBANIAN FLAG! The flag was adopted in 1912 the same day it gained independence. Girls in Albania fought with each other to sew the flag for the country. A strong women named, Marigone sewed the flag on the admirable city, Vlora. The flag has a red field with a Byzantine double-headed eagle. The flag was also formed for medieval hero, Skanderbeg A.K.A “Son of the Eagle”. He fought, led, and won the Serbians.

        The meaning is, the eagle is faithfully watches over & guides the king or the “son of the eagle”. The flag is the most worthy to Albania and the Albanians.

Albania's beautiful flag

Geography

     Albania is like a fox's habitat, rocky, hilly, and  many mountains. 70 percent of the country land accelerates into hills, 30 percent are places to crop. In the north of Albania it is rural, in the south it’s suburbs. Believe it or not, more people live in the rural area because the food is less expensive and you can make your own food.

       The cool,calm, chilly ranges are Albanian Alps, Korabi & Pindus Mountains.  The TALLESTmountain is Mount Korabi with the height of 9066 feet. CRAZY RIGHT?!

         Albania also has 3 major lakes, Shkodra, Ohrid & Preposa. Lake Ohrid is the deepest lake in Albania with the depth of 935 feet. Also, the largest city is Tirana, the population is 858,263. Tirana isnot a big city mostly since Albania isn't a big country.

Clothes

      Albania has fascinating, gorgeous, and different clothes. Albanians has more than 200 clothes. Men wore skirts…. called fustanella. They looked like kilts without the funky plaid patterns. Women also wore skirts with a blouse on top that had wide cuffs. Some women that live on the mountain(north) wore different kinds of skirts.

When they get engaged they have to wear something called veshur e Rugoves. It’s a plain, white skirt with a white shirt tucked in. A head handkerchief is bobby pinned on her hair, covering her face. She wears a sparkly belt with a square attached to the back with the Albanian flag. The whole thing is sparkly.

 

    Festival

       Albania has similar and different festivals. The most important event in Albania is Gjirokastër National Folklore, the delightful festival happens indoors. People dance from different cultures. Popular musicians also perform their attractive songs. It happens every 5 years. In Albania, Independence Day is the most important day. November 28, people spend time with their families. AN enormous feast happens like thanksgiving, but no traditional Thanksgiving meal. There is pite, qofte, and palachinka. They have a moment of silence, remembering the time with no justice. On March 8 it’s Mother’s Day.  The usual present women give to each other is called Mimosa Spring it’s a fragrant flower that means good luck. Father’s Day exists in Albania, some celebrate and most don’t.  This is Gjirokastër National Folklore

 

Sports

      Albania is a country that plays… 1 sport. The game Albanians play is football A.K.A soccer. Albania has no sporting success. Believe it or not, the Albanian team does not have many Albanians in it? IT”S SO STRANGE!  They are one of the “bottom” teams in FIFA, which means they are not that good.

Now for some of the Amazing, Loving, Beautiful, Awesome, Nifty, Incredible, Alike players (ALBANIA). Atin Lala is the best goalkeeper for the Albanian team. The 3 top rated players are 1. Lorik Cana, 2. Else Hygiea, 3. Taulant Xhaka. They definitely helped the team.

 

 Music

       In Albania, many people listen to music. You could here the great amazing music from your window, not too loud and not too low. Music is the most valuable asset in Albania. Everyone is interested in old style music, NO HIP-HOP, NO JAZZ. Nothing but country music.

There are different kinds of music in the north and the south. In the north, it’s high up in the mountains so louder instruments are used. In the south, quieter instruments are used. One of the instruments used in Northern Albania is the tupan (drum- twoPun). It’s very loud, it makes the mountains dance. An instrument used in the south is a lahute(flute- lehute). It is calm and peaceful. The lahute plays like a baby’s lullaby.  

 

 This is the tupan, it does look like a drum

   Wild World

    Albania has many different animals, none like the USA. Albania’s hunting laws were established in 1990, many animals were getting killed. In Albania, there are mostly cute little mammals.

     There are 5 most endangered animals in Albania, Migratory Birds, boars, bears, Chamois, Eurasian lynx. Image result for eurasian lynxThe most endangered animal in Albania is the Eurasian Inyx. The Eurasian Inyx looks like a small tiger with black furry hair on its ears to make it look like horns. Albania does not hunt that much, so there is really nothing to say.

                                                                      

How to Say…

Pershendetje! That means hello in Albanian. Albania has a weird language. Some words are related to Spanish words. Many people can’t even learn it in 3-4 months because of how confusing it is. Confusing to master, yes, fun to say, yes. Për shembull (for example), How are you? - si jeni (si yeni)?

 

English Words

Albanian Words

How to pronounce it?

dad

baba

baba

grandma

gjyshe

gushi

grandpa

gjysh

gish

sister

moter

mutir

my mom

nena ime

nana eme

one

nje

nyuh

two

dy

dew

three

tre

treh

four

kater

cater

five

pes

pes

 

 

 

  Food

     Yum! The smell of Albanian food. Albania has some interesting and similar foods to the U.S.A. Albanians make food like Italians, Turks, Illyrians, Romans and Greeks.

In the morning you smell tasty palachinka (crepes) drifting you into their store. In them nutella with strawberries and bananas. Creamy, soft butter.

During our light lunch we eat tasty, fantastic qofte(flat meatballs). The sweet juice in it falls all down onto your plate like a volcano erupting. Penne Sauce spread around the qofte. Biting into it is heaven.

     As soon as you get home, you eat right away, it’s a tradition. For our divine dinner we dine on pite me spinach( spinach pie). Fila leaves thin, with spinach in it rapped again. YUM! Spinach with some goat cheese melts in your mouth in seconds. To make it even better, we use yogurt. It feels like you're taking a bite into your dreamland. Albanians don’t eat dessert during dinner, breakfast is where dessert is served… sometimes.

 

   Makes about 12 to 18 petulla

– 1 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees F.)

– 1 teaspoon active dry yeast (not instant or rapid rise)

– 2 teaspoons sugar

– 2 cups all-purpose flour

– 1 teaspoon salt

– 1 egg

– Vegetable oil for deep-frying

1.  Sprinkle the yeast and sugar over the water in a measuring cup.  Stir until the yeast liquefies

2.  In a big mixing bowl, mix  flour and salt.  Add the yeast mixture and egg and mix with a  spoon until  blended.  Cover with plastic.  Let it rise in a warm place for 90 minutes.  The dough will be like a very loose bread dough.

3.  Pour about 2 spoons of oil into a deep fryer.  Heat the oil until the temperature reaches 370 degrees on a deep-frier

4.  Drop the dough from a large soup spoon while using another spoon to scrape it off

5.When it’s in oil use another spoon to very carefully. When it puffs take it out.

6. Fry the petulla until golden brown and puffed, then turn over and fry other side, 3 to 6 minutes total.  

7.Remove the petulla with tongs or slotted spoon, let the oil come of on a plate with paper towels on them.     

8. Take of paper towels and Enjoy!  

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 Many gorgeous places are in Albania. The right decision is to go there. If you go, you will be able to experience the beautiful sights and smells of Albania. Albania is different from the U.S.A in many good ways. Albania is something to die for! Visit Albania!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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