Just packing and getting ready to go to Albania on Monday for UNICEF TV.
From Tirana I'll be heading up into the north of the country, maybe as far up as Kukes, to film a project about improving literacy and providing books for schools and communities that have no libraries.
Thanks to Karlos for this article on Albanian blood feuds. It'll be interesting to keep in mind.
As usual though I'm heading into places where the Lonely Planet guide abruptly stops.
I'll be updating the blog where possible and as usual by Twitter.
See you in Tirana!
In the village of Kantundi i ri I met Habibe, a school teacher and a victim of Albania's blood feuds.
For the past eight years Habibe's husband has been in prison serving a 20 year sentence for the murder of a local man. Habibe asserts that her husband is innocent saying it's well known in the village that he was not responsible and did not own a firearm.
He was convicted in absentia. Habibe explained that they had no money to engage a good lawyer nor to bribe the magistrate - a common practice.
Whatever the exact circumstances, the fact remains that daily life for Habibe and her family means being confined to their home out of fear for their lives. Habibe has two children - 8 and 10 years old. Visiting her husband in prison safely is beyond her means.
Habibe and her mother.