91 days: Ardit Gjoni

I enjoyed the peacefulness of Shkodra Lake. The calm atmosphere and shimmering reflections of the sun on the water were captivating. While strolling along the banks, I met Ardit, a local fisherman preparing his nets for the day's work. Ardit shared stories about Shkodër, its people, and the lake that has been the lifeblood of the community for generations. During our conversation, Ardit spoke about the changes he has witnessed over the years. He described how the quiet days of his youth have transformed into the bustling tourist attraction it is today. Ardit's deep connection to this place was palpable, and his stories were a mix of nostalgia and hope for the future. As we talked, I sketched Ardit with his worn hands and warm smile against the backdrop of the tranquil lake. This moment felt like a bridge connecting me to the soul of Shkodër. The stories shared were a reminder of the beauty in the simple, everyday lives of those who call this place home. Today was not just another day in my journey; it was a profound encounter that enriched my understanding of the world.

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