Romesh Ranganathan: "He was telling us about Albanian culture and at the end he said, very casually, “Do you want a tattoo?” I felt it would be impolite not to so now I’ve got a tattoo of the Albanian flag on my left arm. But I don’t think you have to do that to enjoy Albania."

Romesh Ranganathan: “He was telling us about Albanian culture and at the end he said, very casually, “Do you want a tattoo?” I felt it would be impolite not to so now I’ve got a tattoo of the Albanian flag on my left arm. But I don’t think you have to do that to enjoy Albania.”

“I sort of arrived in Albania kind of thinking, well, I associated Albania with Communism, sort of, being quite bleak, gangsters, etc. And when you’re looking at your different criteria for where you want to go, potential for criminal gangs and Communist bleakness is going to knock Albania out of that for you.

Comedian Romesh Ranganathan travels to Albania to get an insider's guide to the country and to find out whether his own preconceptions about the Eastern European outpost are right

Comedian Romesh Ranganathan travels to Albania to get an insider’s guide to the country and to find out whether his own preconceptions about the Eastern European outpost are right

But Albania’s moved beyond that. I’d argue that you feel safer walking around that you would do in London. It’s got everything you could sort of want from a trip, depending on what type of holiday you want. You want to come and have a city break? Tirana’s got it. You want to go to the beach? Albania’s got it. You want to go to the mountains? Albania’s got it. It’s got all of that.

Yes, it’s a little bit behind because of Communism. Yes, it’s a little bit rough around the edges, you haven’t all of the cutting-edge mod cons that you might do in some other places. But if you’re willing to forgive that, and you’re keen on coming to a place that has suffered from preconceptions and people’s sort of historical prejudices against the place, then it’s an amazing place to come.”

Watch the Albania episode on BBC:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bc25p4/the-misadventures-of-romesh-ranganathan-series-1-episode-3