The View from Here: Kuta, Albania

The View from Here: Kuta, Albania

STORY AND PHOTOS BY NICK ST.OEGGER

In this series, we offer you a little window onto life in one corner of the world or another. Enjoy peeking through the curtains with us!

The late afternoon sun beats down on the open central square of Kuta, where the old men have retreated to the shadows of a café, smoking and quietly chatting. It’s market day, and a woman with her fruit stand braves the heat with her friends. I pick up a few apples and figs, but when I reach for some money, she smiles and waves it away, telling me in Albanian that it is a gift.