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Kira’s razz – Enxhi Topallaj

Drumroll! The first post of the blog “Kira’s razz” is in your attention!

 Our administrators are happy to provide you with an interview in which our invited guest spoke about his experience of learning new languages, food, as well as what it is like to be a foreigner in Uzbekistan.  Mister Enxhi, Mister Cool Mustache.  Call him what you want!

 While you are thinking of other, more witty nicknames, we begin the interview.

  • Good afternoon Mr. Enxhi, I would like to thank you for your time.
  • Thank you for your work. I was looking forward to our interview.
  • Well, then, without further ado, let’s start!
  • Which countries have you visited?
  • I’ve visited a few of them, because I left Albania early. I’ve been living in Italy, Switzerland, Mexico and visited France.
  • Which one did you like the most?
  • That’s a good question. But I guess I loved Mexico the most. Culture, food, everything is so colorful.
  • What was your job in those countries?
  • I was a professor of PE.
  • Why did you choose Uzbekistan?
  • Choosing Uzbekistan was kind of a forced decision. I had an option between Uzbekistan and Vietnam. But because me and my wife had a job offer we chose Uzbekistan.
  • Stereotype about Uzbekistan that was proved wrong.
  • People there are way more welcoming than I thought
  • Stereotype about Uzbekistan that was proved right.
  • You guys really cherish your country.
  • What was the most surprising thing about our country?
  • Uzbekistan is still stuck in the past. That was quite surprising.
  • Similarities between Albania and Uzbekistan.
  • Both those countries have the same religion, cuisine, music.
  • Have you ever been in other cities of Uzbekistan, except Tashkent?
  • Sadly only Samarkand. It was very hot, there were a lot of new places and I got to learn a lot about your history.
  • What country will be the next?
  • I leave this question to the Future
  • Favourite cuisine?
  • Albanian for sure
  • Do you have a goal you can achieve by working in IHT?
  • Of course! I want to move forward as a teacher.
  • What is your impression about our lyceum?
  • IHT wants to make a change, improve, which is hard to find in any Uzbek schools.
  • What amuses you the most in the interhouse?
  • Everyday I find a new things to learn
  • Why did you decide to teach students?
  • Back in the days when I started visual arts I had classes about teaching.At that moment I didn’t really care about it, but my wife is a teacher and she inspired me
  • Favourite thing in your job.
  • Being in contact with the students and exchange our experience.
  • Where do you get inspiration for your style?
  • It’s been a long way.I’ve been a gangster, punk I had colorful hair and piercing. I guess the style I have right now fits me the most.
  • Do people in our country look at you skeptically because of it?
  • Well, let’s say they’re curious. Sometimes they stop me on the streets to take a selfie, but become too touchy.
  • What was your very first job?
  • I always worked full time
  • What are you grateful for in your life?
  • For everything I’ve achieved.
  • Have you ever had to sacrifice something for your work?
  • Mostly the time I can spend with family
  • If you had an opportunity to meet any person that ever existed, who would it be?
  • I guess it would be my grandparents. I really adore them and sometimes still need their support or advice.
  • Do you think your marks at school matter?
  • Marks don’t make you a person. But the knowledge you get does.
  • What advice can you give to people who are learning foreighn languages?
  • Break the ice. Talk as much as you can. Don’t be shy, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Take every opportunity that live gives you.

On this, the fantasy of our journalist has been exhausted, as is the time allotted for the interview.  My compliments for your reading.


Interviewer: Shamsutdinova Kira, 1SS1 @kira_mercury

Translation from uzbek: Hoshimhodjaeva Anora, 1SS1 @maybe.anora

Photo by: Tavkhidova Adelina, 1MES2 @dvrseau