To Tota

travel, Uncategorized

Every trip we take a day to visit Florent’s grandmother, Tota. She lives in the village of LeBushe with 1 daughter, her 2 sons, their 2 wives and their 10 kids.
We mixed things up this time and took the train 2 hours to Tota’s house with the kids, Florent’s cousin Mira and her son Ylli. Going through all the tunnels and seeing the country from the tracks was a great experience. Ari asked to take the train back home, but instead we rode with Shaban to save on time.

thumb_img_3592_1024

Ari waiting to hop on the train

14287662_10154539743507072_882913778_n

Glancing out

14248965_10154539741527072_555581301_n

Ari & Ylli

14248797_10154539740472072_1566709553_n

Nini being Nini

14249256_10154539738722072_2109959908_n

Albanian Mafia shot

Tota and her family live off their land and make all their own everything. They don’t even buy oil to cook with, they make with with milk from a cow! Visiting this place is always exciting and fun for me.

The meal the wives serve is always one of my favorites while here and today they did not disappoint. We feasted on juicy pears, cheese pie, spicy peppers in a warm cheese sauce, non sweet corn bread, olives, yogurt & cheese. All things made from scratch- even the yogurt!

It was a cold and rainy day so I sat for a while by the outdoor fireplace which also doubles as an actual stove that they cook on. I watched a cat sleep by the fireplace and spoke Albanglish with the oldest wife. She told me all the words she knew in English and I told her all the words I knew in Albanian.

thumb_img_3608_1024

Obligatory village snap

thumb_img_3618_1024

Me with the wives

thumb_img_3612_1024

Our meal served on a ‘sofra’

thumb_img_3610_1024

Peppers here are the best in the world!

thumb_img_3609_1024

The stove!

thumb_img_3615_1024

3 of the 10 kids are MIA

thumb_img_3617_1024

Aunt Hedia, Florent, his Dad & Tota

Indoor Play

Uncategorized

It’s starting to get cold. Last weeks rainy nasty no good day inspired me to take on the challenge of finding a fun thing to do with my toddler who had ants in his pants that didn’t break the bank and was also baby friendly for little Nini girl.

I found Hudson’s House of Play located down on River Rd.

IMG_1291$14 for 2 solid hours of playing in 6 different mini make believe rooms- Ari went Bananas over this place. The 2 hours blew by and Nini girl was so tired when we got home she napped for 3 hours!

They also have a mini cafe, optional birthday parties, and enrichment courses.

This place is in pristine condition and has 2 spacious bathrooms.

It’s gated too so your little one can’t escape.

The only con is that the space is small. If there are more than 10 kids in the space I suggest coming back another day in order to fully get your moneys worth.IMG_1296

I also enjoy that this is a no commitment location. So many indoor places in the area require you to purchase a semester worth of classes which to me is ridiculous as my toddler doesn’t even know what a semester is!

IMG_1295

Ari LOVED the grocery store!