Albania joins NATO - the Tirana experience

Albania was thrilled to join NATO. The excitement was building since they announced the official acceptance of membership earlier last year. So Tirana has had plenty of time to prepare.

As official membership drew closer, suddenly the city was been painted red and blue. The passion of the Albanian people for this important step in their future and their enthusiasm for a new change, has been displayed all over the city.

During NATO weekend, locals carried flags, attached them to their cars, and even flew NATO kites in the sky.

On the evenings of the 4th and 5th of April were concerts with famous local and international musicians (UB40 - cool!) and fireworks and celebration.

Here are a few snapshots I have been lucky to take during this time.

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