Before I get into what it’s like being a black person traveling in Albania, I should let you know that this post is actually part of a longer post on my blog called Being a Black Traveler in Eastern Europe and Slavic Europe by country.
That is why this summary of my experience as a black traveler in Albania is not so long. So check out the whole Eastern Europe post when you are done.
Disclaimer: I am a tall, thin, make-up wearing, American passport-wielding girl that dresses in mostly dresses, cute skirts and other fashionable clothing. I am sure that all factors into how I am “received” in some countries. As you read my experiences, keep that in mind that my gender and my nationality, I am sure, can sometimes play a part in how I am treated.
Okay, so what is it like being a black girl traveling in Albania?
I got stared at a lot in Albania, as I do in all the Balkan countries. But I did not get approached as much or receive inquiries about why I am in Albania as much as I did in some other Eastern Europe countries. I also did not get any selfie requests… imagine that! Long story short, I got a lot of stares, but was mostly left alone.
If you are traveling to Kosovo, I should let you know that I think Albanians in Kosovo are more intense towards foreigners than Albanians in Albania (Albanians are the ethnic majority in Kosovo, which historically was part of Serbia). I don’t mean that to be rude. And many Albanians in Albania said the same thing about Kosovar Albanians. I felt like they were throwing them under the bus a bit. You can read about my experience in Kosovo by checking out my post about my experiences in each Eastern European country.