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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Canceled! TPOL’s Move to Albania

I hope you are enjoying the #NoCollusion, No Albania for TPOL Trip Report. Looking at pictures from Mullixhiu, one of the best restaurants in Europe, and other great Tirana Restaurants, I was excited for my spring 2020 move to Tirana, Albania and my subsequent move to Minsk, Belarus to improve my Russian. Alas, there will be no Tirana for TPOL and no vodka/sauna lifestyle in Minsk (see Belarus’ president dismisses coronavirus risk, encourages citizens to drink vodka and visit saunas). For the time being and what I’m predicting to be a year from now, TPOL will be grounded. Instead of delaying the move to Albania yet again, I’ve decided to cancel it indefinitely.

Looking back at it, the idea of having readers decide where I would move next was not very wise. Writing about it was fun as was the emotional rollercoaster of the process. Here’s a recap of the ill-conceived plan, which began in March of 2017.

  1. Vote Where TPOL Moves Next! And I’ll Go ThereWe'll let fate decide.
  2. Where Is TPOL’s New Home Country? Voting Now OpenThat's more like it.
  3. Is Chiang Mai TPOL’s New Home? Vote NowTom yum every day would not be bad
  4. Barranquilla, Colombia Is The Worst Place to Live? Vote NowCapture
  5. It’s Not Kuta, But Should I Live in Bali? Vote TodayTPOL's new home?
  6. Surabaya, Indonesia: Home Sweet Home? Vote NowCapture
  7. Lisbon, Portugal: Send Me There, Please!Invalid request error occurred.
  8. Vote Where TPOL Moves in December (For Real This Time)a screenshot of a graph
  9. TPOL’s New Home Election: Porto? It’s No AlbaniaIsland life? Or city life? You decide.
  10. TPOL’s New Home Is Taipei? Vote 现在W Taipei.
  11. Should I Move to Ko Samui? Vote NowFull moon, every moon?
  12. TPOL, An Expat in Bangkok? Albania’s Back: Vote TodayKo Sahn Road every day would be a death sentence
  13. Gran Canaria for 4 Months? Vote NowInvalid request error occurred.
  14. Kaohsiung, Taiwan 6.13% of the Votes: Move There?Invalid request error occurred.
  15. TPOL’s Next Home: The Other Cities in Portugal?Invalid request error occurred.
  16. Tirana, Taipei, Lisbon, Or Bangkok: The Runoff Vote!a screenshot of a computer
  17. Tirana, Albania: Debauchery & Promiscuity! Vote NowInvalid request error occurred.
  18. Forbe’s Quit Your Job And Live Abroad List: Where’s Albania?Invalid request error occurred.
  19. TPOL Is Moving to Albania! (Eventually)Invalid request error occurred.
  20. Despacito! TPOL Is Moving to Puerto Rico! Effective InmediatamenteInvalid request error occurred.
  21. Vote Where TPOL Moves AFTER Albania…And I’ll Go!a screenshot of a computer
  22. Salt Block District Tirana, Albania: Where TPOL Will Live*Invalid request error occurred.

After all those polls, all those questions of elections in meddling, the whole thing was a witch-hunt hoax. Thanks to covid, I’m quarantined in Puerto Rico. While it’s not the worst thing to be stuck on the beach, I do miss the chaos of impromptu travel. I will also miss the Tirana and Minsk experience. But, I have learned two valuable lessons from this voting experiment: First, don’t leave your future to strangers. As obvious as it sounds, the general public does not have your best interest in mind. Second, don’t plan ahead. Life is too unpredictable and planning, even if it involves a random move to a random country, is boring. Instead, I will just go somewhere and write you when I get there (see Travel Planning: Check Prices Or Just Go?).

a palm tree on a beach
Socially distant and it feels so good.


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