Spyless in Tirana: Lessons from Albania

Alex Klaushofer
14 min readMar 16, 2024

In the spring of 2019 I spent a month in the Albanian capital of Tirana as part of research for a book about European cities. I was halfway through writing the first draft when life was overtaken by Lockdown Britain and my move to Portugal. As time went on, and it became clear that Western society had changed irrevocably, the book I’d planned receded into a lost world. I reconciled myself to shelving the project…

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