Driving just gets worse and worse everyday here in Tirana. Good thing I gave up thinking that my complaining could ever change anything. I know that it can't. Now I just repeat to myself "This is their country- it's not my job to change it". I ask you Albania- do you like it this way? I think you do. I've seen the way you chuckle to yourselves when you actually get across a street without getting hit by a car. I've watched you drag your children across the intersection AGAINST the red light. I've witnessed how you completely ignore the solid white lines and not only pass on the left but DRIVE into the oncoming traffic, daring everyone to stop you.
Last night there was a tragic accident in which the president of Top Channel/Media killed himself and his apparent girlfriend while driving his Ferrari right in the middle of the city. The car was torn in two. Look how far aprt the two halves of the car are in the video! I can't even imagine how fast he must have been going. There are reports of over 200 KM per hour. Tragic yes... but also foolish. He leaves behind his wife and 4 kids, one just a baby. Was it more important to him to show off his lovely car to all those around than it was to be a good husband and father? What was he thinking? Damn it. How could a man who runs a huge company be such a fool?
Here in Albania, the second poorest country in Europe, you find the most expensive sport cars and SUVs, and you find them in numbers that just don't make any sense. There are obnoxious Hummers everywhere, and every second person seems to drive a massive Touareg. Normal people all drive Mercedes, though I admit many of those are antiques in their own right. There is an attitude here that the bigger your car is( I really should say "machina"since "car" is Albanian for the private parts of a man!!), the better your chances are of being able to push through the traffic. I suppose that does work- sadly.
Oh *sigh*, I could go on and on.... all I want to know is what will it take before someone (the LAW perhaps?), clamps down on maniacal driving?
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