Friday, November 20, 2015

Priština and Prizren, Kosovo

The third and last country (for now, of course!) on our route was Kosovo. After a fairly quick border crossing in Merdare and a short drive through the countryside where the town names in Serbian had been spray paited over on every single road sign, we made it to the capital Priština. We were supposed to meet a friend we made on our last trip to Albania at the national library, which is pretty much internationally recognized as the ugliest building ever (see a very much teletubbie-like picture below). On our way we accidentally got on a dead end street and had to turn around. Now, whereas the main communication method in the Balkans in honking, it is also acceptable to stop on the narrowest road for a little chat with the driver coming towards you or even run out to say hi to a friend across the street, even if there is a Pikachu car with three tourists behind you. All in all, though, the traffic was way better than on our last trip - I only screamed once (when we were going full speed in the dark on a road with lots of cars and this truck just backed out onto the road), which is good.

Anyway, Prishtina was pretty cool. Seemed like they love three things - the US, Albania and coffee. Lots of young people hanging out, sadly because of the high unemployment rate, though. Unlike for us, though, being unemployed there seemed to mean cashing in money from a cousin abroad and taking your dressed up self and the newest iPhone out for a macciato. Can't really argue with that though, because the coffee is just sooooo good. Our friend said it's because most people making them have university degrees. :D

What's sweet about Kosovo is actually a town called Prizren. People who had and hadn't been there all told us that we can pretty much drop anything from our itinerary, but not Prizren. And now I will be the one speading the same word. Just look at the other half of the pictures!


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