In Albania, there are words for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but when most Albanians are speaking to each other they usually just say that they will meet for "bukë" or bread. This is because bread has always been the most common staple of every meal.
There is a saying we were just recently introduced to in Shqip, while at a friends house for breakfast, that said: "Ne kemi ngrënë bukë së bashku" translating into: we have eaten bread together. This is a beautiful phrase that is only used when speaking of a very close or special friend, and it is used to show just how strong that relationship is.
As I approach my final weeks living here, there is no doubt in my mind that I will have to return to Albania to be reunited with my now life-long friends that are here. They are so close to me, and there have already been tears that have been shed as we've discussed job opportunities that will lead me away from Albania. In this moment, I thank God for the blessing of incredible friends that have so warmly invited me to eat bread with them.