“I was 9 years old when my family and I left our home country Egypt to move to Tirana, Albania; where my father was the general manager of Albanian Airlines.
My first impression of Albania was noticing how clean and mountainous it was; a very different general atmosphere than what I was used to back in Egypt. I only missed my friends and family from home but I enjoyed the new experience and discovering a new culture very much.
When I first arrived to Albania I noticed that the Albanian cuisine and traditions are very arab-like, so it wasn’t a shock of culture for me. The only difference was the language barrier, which was easy for meto catch up on with time.
My goal in the new country was to make new friends from diverse communities and to know every part of the country and become a fluent Albanian speaker.
Home for me is Egypt but I also considered Tirana, Albania to be my second home. I like bringing new culture and knowledge abroad as well as learning about them in return.
I consider my travel experience to be fruitful because it is important to learn about the diversity of cultures in the world and welcome them into your own.”