I’ve been using Albania as a base for the past year and a half. I highly recommend it! Affordable, fascinating culture, and proximity to the EU and Asia are a few things that make it great. Plus as an American citizen you’ll have no visa issues for up to a year.
In April the weather will be great, a mild and warm Mediterranean climate. Infrastructure wise, Albania is not like the rest of Europe . But you’ll have no problem getting Internet at 5 MB speeds for a decent price. Plus the 10€ 3 GB vodafone package is great.
I’m in Shkoder, the largest city in the north. It’s a great small-city without the chaos and hectic atmosphere of Tirana.
I’d be happy to answer any questions you have. If you stop by, give me a shout and we can grab a coffee. I can introduce you to the local expat community and friendly locals.