Arrived at Tirana airport on 19 June 2023, well over 2 hours late and visibly tired, I find the good Simone welcoming me who, with his sarcastic smile, said to me, after the welcome ritual, “Isa you will see that we will have fun, besides, I have also worked out other things to do ”.
Knowing him, the phrase didn’t surprise me at all, but I didn’t imagine that he would involve me in photogrammetry shots, both underwater and on land!
A week, seemingly a long time for a vacation, proved too much of a time constraint and literally flew by in an instant.
Diving on wrecks, such as the one on the hospital ship “Po”, in the center of the Bay of Vlora, the one on the wreck of the motor ship “Probitas”, right in the center of the Gulf of Saranda, the dive on the MIG-21 plane, placed in front of the coast of Dhermi, the explorations along the walls of the Karaburun peninsula have always been preceded by an in-depth two-handed briefing between Simone, from a biological point of view, and Cesare Balzi, enthusiast and wreck discoverer, for the historical framework and archaeological. The landlord Igli Pustina, president of the Albanian Underwater Federation CMAS, managed the logistics, therefore: tanks, boats, lunches, permits, etc.
I had the impression of always being immersed in the history, sometimes too tragic of some wrecks, before entering the water. Parallel to the historical account, my mind began to imagine when and how nature had colonized the metallic mass in almost 80 years of submerged life. I experienced emotions before, during and after visiting the wrecks and, without a shadow of a doubt, these feelings have achieved the goal!