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Europe » Kosovo » South » Prizren May 27th 2016

Woolly says – As I climbed onto our bus for the day I had been trying to work out how many buses we had now used......I lost count after four and found it far more interesting to count my pistachios instead! The half hour journey into Tirana gave me enough time to explain a little more to Jo and Zoe about our destination. Kosovo has a mainly Albanian population, they declared independence from Serbia in February 2008 after years of strained relations between its Serb and Albanian inhabitants. Recognised by the United States and major European Union countries Serbia and Russia still refuses to recognise this fact as do most ethnic Serbs inside Kosovo. After the break-up of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s Serbia responded to separatist pressure from Kosovo by launching a brutal crackdown ... read more
Beautiful View from the rear of the Fortress
View from the Fortress
Looking down to Holy Saviour Church

Europe » Kosovo » Centre » Prishtina September 15th 2015

"Tell the world that we are OK now, the war is over", the Kosovan guy told me. His name I can not recall, as I met him on the typical, quite shallow way you meet travellers and locals on the hostel trail. Indeed, the couple of Kosovan locals I was hanging out with for breakfast I had met earlier due to some Korean girls I met in the hostel, which, in turn, giggly appreciated my stories about "Pyongyang style cold noodles", soju, work pressure and "Caffè Pascucci". Eventually I ended up having brunch with the Koreans and some Kosovan guys, choking on Balkanic meatballs and shots of Rakia at 10am in Kosovo's reborn capital Prishtina. A pretty weird way to meet the locals, but the end still justifies the means I guess. Anyway, over several shots ... read more
Albania to Kosovo
Albania to Kosovo
Prishtina

Europe » Kosovo » Centre » Prishtina July 30th 2015

Kosovo is the newest country of Europe, or at least the last one who has been recognized by many. Back in February 2008, Kosovo declared his independence over Serbia, and was diplomatically recognized by 108 UN member states. So as they still lack 85 UN member states to recognized them, they are not a full member of UN. They are only recognized by 23 out of the 28 members of the European Union. With time, we all guess that the Republic of Kosovo will fully be recognized as a Sovereign State. Interestingly enough, you will find way more flags around Albania than over Kosovo. The country is populated by a huge majority of Albanians, a majority of them being Muslims. Albanians are rather, let say politely, nationalists. Albania is covered with Albanians flag. In Kosovo, way ... read more
Mother Theresa Cathedral
With Danielo!
A majority of the population here is Muslim.

Europe » Kosovo July 1st 2015

Kosovo But before we get to Macedonia there is Kosovo. We had discovered a new road that is not shown on our maps as it has just been completed. Known as the Patriotic Highway, this is one mean piece of infrastructure. We joined the highway at Lezhe in Albania and headed towards Pristina in Kosovo to link up with another major road toward Skopje in Macedonia. When completed it will reach to the Albanian port of Shengjin. Toll free and 4 lanes for 99% of the route, with a major 5.5klm tunnel it rises through challenging climbs and visually striking vistas to a height of 1850m. Its cost is reported to be about E1billion – 250% of original budget. Talk of corrupt payments linked to the building project is given some credence when you see the ... read more

Europe » Kosovo » South » Prizren April 20th 2015

Imagine a place where the streets are named after Tony Blair and George Bush, where the main roads have speed signs for tanks and where the inviting looking mountains can't be hiked owing to land mines. You're probably not thinking of Europe, but Europe it is. These oddities are all part of the experience of visiting Europe's newest country, Kosovo. Starting from Skopje in Macedonia, my wife, I and our 11 month old daughter crossed the border into Kosovo for a couple of days to explore what is perhaps Europe's least known country. We turned off the main Skopje to Pristina road (look out for another signs thanking NATO and the EU) and drive across the Sharri mountains int he direction of Prizren, Kosovo's second city. The Sharri mountains looked great but some of the paths ... read more
Sharri Mountains, Kosovo
Kosovo-Macedonia border crossing
Ruth and Amy in the Sharri mountains

Europe » Kosovo » Centre » Prishtina April 4th 2015

I may be fast approaching the point where jet lag is no longer an excuse, but I slept most of the morning. This afternoon, I felt like if I stayed in I would just sleep more so I decided to go out. I wanted to buy a clothing iron, and I'd been told of an appliance store that was just down the street from my usual walk to work, so I decided to give it a shot by myself. I quickly found and bought an iron, but why should I go back so soon? So I decided to explore the new area. And I found something awesome! An open air green market (with excellent looking produce!) that led to a mass of flea market type tents. It was amazing! It reminded me of the big open ... read more
Live Chickens for Sale
#InstaKosovo   #InstaKosova
1 Euro Store

Europe » Kosovo » Centre » Prishtina March 5th 2015

...so I've been eating! Oh, and doing other things too! I've had so many wonderful experiences these past couple of weeks, it's hard to name them all. I have a new office-mate, Fiona, who is absolutely awesome. We've had lunch a couple of times. I ran into Leurata after work and we went out for coffee and went clothing shopping. I didn't buy clothing then, but later I bought socks and I hope to get some t-shirts and scarves soon. I also bought some amazing silver earrings, but they are going to be gifts for people so I'm not going to upload pictures of them yet until they've been given (probably end of March after I come back to take the MPRE and then return to Kosovo). For those curious about the price of handmade silver ... read more
Burek and Veg
Don't Remember This
I Eat Salad

Europe » Kosovo » Centre » Prishtina February 22nd 2015

Sometime around the two week mark, I stopped feeling like I was here on vacation and I started feeling like I was living here. I've discovered where they have convenience food in my favorite grocery store. I bought frozen chicken schnitzel and broccoli dumplings! I can now also cook a variety of meals, my favorite being a sort of stir fry with Bosnian sausage and red cabbage - I don't have a wok but I kind of stir fry in a regular pan. People from work have taken me to several nice and interesting restaurants. I had a sort of flaky spinach pie at one that I have got to have again. At another restaurant I had a very nice stuffed chicken breast and avocado and mozzarella salad; as good as any nice restaurant in the ... read more
Statue of Nene Teresa
Coffee - I am Special
Playground Near My Place

Europe » Kosovo » Centre » Prishtina February 8th 2015

So, this was an interesting weekend. I decided to go out and see some sights. I bought a lonely planet guidebook which described some places I wanted to visit, but I worried that I would get lost on the way. However, I wound up being able to find my way around nicely. All I had to do was always know where the street "Agni Ramadani" was. As long as I knew that, I knew how to get back to my apartment. I went down to the city center and visited the Kosovo Museum. Some of the museum seemed to be closed, or they had switched exhibits between what my guidebook described, because instead of general cultural artifacts they had two exhibits: an exhibit on a specific family's life in Kosovo pre-war and their sacrifices during the ... read more
Big Military Thing
Musical Instrument
Set Table

Europe » Kosovo » Centre » Prishtina February 7th 2015

Hey! I survived my first couple of days. I spent a lot of time being lost, but now I can get to work and get back home and buy groceries, so I'll live. Pristina is great! People here have this warm hospitality and are very welcoming to foreigners. I've needed a ton of help, and people at work have been amazing! I still have a ton of things about living here to learn, but I know that I can make it. I'm also having many adventures getting my phone to work over here. I think I know what I need to do to get it going though I'm going to try going out to eat today, go see some sights, and then I might buy some stuff for my kitchen. Should be a fun day! I'm ... read more
Mysterious Church
Some Kind of Hero
The Nazi Store




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