In case you don't know... There are apparently over 700,000 of these concrete bunkers placed strategically all over Albania, one for every 4 Albanians. They were built by Albania's dictator Enver Hoxha, who feared invasion from all corners of this tiny country. They're still here, being incredibly difficult to get rid of. They were made to hold one soldier and his rifle, and let me tell you- they're everywhere! And so, because they are invincible, people just live around them, or in them, or they decorate them with 'art'. I found this quote on CNN and I think it sums up the situation perfectly:
"They are indestructible symbols of what led to the explosion of anger in
Albania, a place the world forgot for 50 years. But all the bunkers, built to
keep invaders out, weren't enough to protect this vulnerable country from the
enemy within. "
Now these two shots above are of the supposed NEW overpass that was begun over 8 months ago! Something happened while I was away this winter and it came to a complete standstill. Now it's just a horrible mess in the middle of one of the busiest intersections of the city.