Shkodër is a lot like Seattle. Okay not really because Seattle is in America and therefore infinitely more developed and yada yada yada but in all seriousness, when it comes to weather patterns, Seattle and Shkodër have a lot in common. That is to say, it rains a whole lot. As a matter of fact, did you know that one of the only temperate rainforests in North America is located just outside of Seattle? And did you know that the only temperate rainforest in all of Europe is the region of Shkodër, Albania? Hhmm…
Needless to say, the biggest lesson I’ve learned while living here is to never leave home without my umbrella. It may look sunny and gorgeous outside in the morning, but just give it a few hours and a huge storm will roll in. Guaranteed. And when it rains in Shkodër, it RAAIIINNSS. I’m talking the torrential downpours, soaked to the bone, puddles up to your ankles, might as well stay home kind of rain.
For the last 5 days we’ve been blessed with one of Shkoder’s all too frequent week-long rain storms. What I wouldn’t give to see the sun. There’s an expression in Albania that says “Shkodran të tharët dhe Lezhjan të krehët, nuk ka.” Which essentially means, people in Shkoder whom are dry and people in Lezha whom have combed hair don’t exist. You see, Shkoder’s neighboring city of Lezha is like the Chicago of Albania. It’s windy aaaalll the time. And it’s not your normal breeze blowing. When it’s windy in Lezha there are 40 mph winds that blow in from the sea and never seem to cease. Hence the reason why people in Lezha never have combed hair.
So who says Albania isn’t that much like America? It seems to me like we have a lot in common…albeit mostly when it comes to annoying weather patterns.
“It’s not better. It’s not worse. It’s just different.”