Before my first week in Tirana has come to a close, my “manager” Kibela had organized a photo shoot with a very talented model based in Albania; it was my first photo shoot in the city and I was very excited, to say the least.

Kibela and I met up with Cindy at the Tirana pyramid, though the sun was so intense that we were only able to get a few photographs before needing to find the shade of many beautiful buildings. The buildings that we found, though beautiful, also happened to be too “important” to take photos in front of, at least that’s what the security guard was yelling at us as we were chased away several times.

Our next stop was a plaza which had perfect lighting, but also came with its own balcony section as dozens of onlookers gathered to see what was going on – apparently, we were quite the attraction.

We ended the long day at a fantastic restaurant called Tëduktu, where after a delicious meal proceeded to take one last series of photos. We were very inspired by the cacti, green neon lights, and intimidating literature.

If you would like to see more of Cindy, you can follow her on Instagram @cindykokomeci, and Kibela @kibelanasufi.

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