So one of the members of my host family was celebrating a birthday while I was visiting. The turning-sixteen boy requested only one thing: a full-on family war! We gathered as many willing competitors as we could find and drove out to Teg Mall, in south-west Tirana. On the second level, just past the food court, we found an entertainment complex where we purchased tickets that included 1) a 5D movie 2) a haunted house and 3) the laser tag area.
Since it was a weeknight we were pretty much the only customers and this led to some serious fun. The employees, who clearly wanted to play themselves, added sound effects to the haunted house experience, gave us extra reels in the movie theater and seemed to let us play tag a bit longer than the set time.
The mall venue allowed us to package the experience with some shopping, and eating and kiddie ride stalking. Amir, the birthday boy, declared the evening a success. Since I was on the winning team, I definitely agreed!