What Can We Learn from Albanian Hospitality? #96

In this episode, Trevor discusses his thoughts on the hospitality he experienced from locals and strangers while traveling through Albania. Although this kind of hospitality may not be common throughout every country, Trevor reflects and asks how we can practice this act of generosity in our own neighborhoods.

In this episode we will discuss:
Kindness and hospitality from locals while traveling abroad
The tendencies of strangers from urban versus rural areas
The difference of the levels of hospitality between different countries
Paying kindness forward and not being afraid to help strangers in need

“Hospitality is defined as the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors or strangers. Albania has been the definition of this hospitality. It feels as if most locals make it their purpose to make you feel at home while visiting their beautiful country. They don’t have much, but they’re willing to bend over backwards to make sure that you’re taken care of.” (2:52)

“I’ve stewed on this question the past few days and asked myself if I would show this type of hospitality to strangers too. Before I’d experienced something like this, the answer is probably not. Reasons like -fear of strangers or just being too busy to help- run through my mind, but the question I have is, how does this mindset change? How can we bring home some of this Albanian hospitality?” (4:51)

“Maybe it’s going out of our way to help strangers who are lost or inviting our neighbors over for dinner and sharing a delightful meal. Or being less afraid of people we don’t know so we can share experiences with people who are likely very similar to us. Or maybe it is simply being kind to someone on a day where they just need a friend.” (5:15)

“The main thing I’ve learned is that I can choose to be more hospitable wherever I go and bring a little piece of Albanian hospitality with me. Can you? What else can we do to bring hospitality back to our own neighborhoods?” (5:40)

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