The Albanian Moped Trip News Flash Lazarat Albania
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Published on Jun 1, 2012
This is what happened with The Albanian Moped trip.
A summery of all the news around and about the movie plus a little extra footage.
The lazarat story.
We heard about lazarat from people we met in the first days. At the time we had no plans at all to go there. We didn't even know where it was. But us was told that it was a completly criminal place. And not a place you can go to. A few days later it became clear that we were going to pass lazarat. We asked again some people about this place and everybody was advising us not to go there. But we thought we could go there anyway. All the albanians we met till then were very friendly and we thought: What can go wrong? If we get into trouble we just turn around and go back.
So we turned left front the big road to lazarat. The road was very steep, so the mopeds went very slow. We had to help with our feet and run next to it to keep going. We immediatly noticed things were different here. Everybody was looking at us. (everybody was already looking at us the hole trip, but here it was different) Passing cars slowed down and opened their windows and looked who we were. We just said hello and the car drove further. This happened a few times. We could already smell the weedplants. In the hole village it smells like some weed smoker is standing next to you. When we reached the first crossing in the village we stopped for cooling down the mopeds. But we hardly shut down the engine and some guy stopped his Mercedes and asked us who we are. We told him we're from amsterdam. You can understand that's a good thing to say when you're in a village full with weed. He told dus to follow him and he took us to the centre. It's a little strange so see the village is completly normal except of all the weed. Little girls and boys are walking home in their school uniform. There is a bar and a local government building. So this young man brougt us to the place from where we filmed. It's so much weed there. It's really incredeble. It's much more then how it looks on the video. The guy told us all about it. His english was very good and his study was paid by the money his family made with the weed. Later we went with him to the place of his family. They gather the weed once a year and we where just at the right time. There was a small house in garden of about 500m2 (rough guess).
A part of the family was there busy with preparing the weed. There was a place under a little roof for letting it dry and on one of the pictures you see all the dry weed laying there with us in front. The guy asked us not to take pictures, but I tried to make some. But the ones which we show in the video are all of them. There is no extra footage. And we definitely couldn't take pictures of the people. What we could do is smoke for free. I had a good reason to refuse, because I never smoke, but Daan smoked a joint and was totally stoned the next hours. You can also see this in the video where we explain about what we experienced. The price they get for their weed was about 10% of the price you pay in the dutch coffee shops. But for this family it was enough to make a good living. These people were nice like all the albanians we met, but it's a little weird when there is a loaded machine gun laying on the table. On the one picture inside is also a gun in the back. We didn't notice at the time, because it was dark. But on the picture you can see it because of the flash.
If you compare this family business with the other "farms" around it was really small and amateuristic. There are also big fields with automatic watering systems and scarecrows. It's definitely big business. We didn't stay long. The hole visit was between 1 and 2 hours. That day we drove further and find a sleeping place in kelcyre.
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