Kosovo
Kosovo

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  • Day12

    En route to Kosovo

    August 4 in Kosovo

    Day 2 - Waking up in a beautiful mountain town in Montenegro was reminiscent of a Canadian or American mountain town. Fresh, clean alpine air, little cute cottages and villas dotting the landscape, and there is an air of peace and calm as the people all feel relaxed.

    We took a little bit of time leaving, as there is not a set time we have to get to our next destination. Oh, by the way, we should mention that we found out on day 1 that this isn’t a challenge race, where you need to be at a mandatory briefing at 7:15 every morning to get your new list of challenges, you also don’t have a cutoff time for when you need to make it to your next destination. This is called, the Great Balkan Ride, not challenge, and apparently that’s the differentiator. So to summarize, not a competition, but still an amazing adventure!

    We had decided that we wanted to check out a zip line opportunity over the Tara Canyon. We did some quick internet research to see if the place was legit as it is over 2500 feet in distance and as high as 400 feet above the canyon. We decided it looked acceptable. We arrived and it certainly was an intense zip line, not like one we’d ever seen before. For Steve, this was his first zip line so he was a bit nervous, as admittedly I was, but we decided we would regret not doing it, so we were pretty convinced. As we walked up, there was a young lady working for the company who is clearly there to convince those with any doubts. She asked what we were waiting for and we said we wanted to see it to be sure. She told us that kids and elderly folks do it all the time and they are just fine and in fact, a little girl just got done doing it right before us. So she had us, we agreed and it was up to the platform to get fitted in the harness. No turning back now! We were harnessed up and ready to go and with a push from the the crew, we went flying out over the canyon! What an exhilarating rush we experienced!

    Interesting note here, there are no forms to be signed, no instruction to be had, you simply walk up to the platform, get your harness on and away you go! When you get to the platform on the other side, a guy asks you for 20 Euro and it’s over. An absolute thrill and had the effect we were hoping for. A nice shot of adrenaline to start out the day and carry us on our drive into Kosovo.

    The drive through Montenegro into Kosovo was through beautiful mountains and valleys, but maybe we are a bit desensitized to the beauty of this by all of the breathtaking landscapes we saw on the previous day’s drive. The exit from the Montenegran border check point to the Kosovo entrance covers several miles through a mountain pass. Upon arriving in Kosovo we are told we don’t have the proper insurance and we need to go buy some at a shack down the road, 15 Euro and now we can enter the country legally.

    A long, fun, descent passing through dozens of mountain cows grazing along the switchbacks and we arrive in Peja, Kosovo. We are successful in locating our hotel quickly and it turns out we are the first team to arrive. I wait in the car, parked on the street, while Steve goes to get checked in and figure out where to park. The front desk attendant didn’t really speak English and Steve seemed to be a bit off on his pantomime game, thus leading to an impasse and with the understanding that there are “no reservation and hotel full!” Well, that’s a problem and who knows when the organizers will arrive so let’s ensure we have a room somewhere, we drive around to a couple hotels and they are full as well. But we asked at one of the hotels if they could give a recommendation and possibly call for us. Fortunately the place they called had some rooms. The bellhop was nice enough to walk us over to the hotel and see to it that we were able to check in successfully and we were satisfied. We would find out that this was a sign of more incredible warmth and hospitality the people of Kosovo would continue to display.

    Given the current political climate in the World and in the US, some places in the World aren’t as welcoming to American tourists. However, thanks to the support from the US in the recent Kosovo conflicts, the people are incredibly happy to have us here and are as accommodating as can be. Some walking through the streets to see the nightlife, drinks with our fellow travelers, and it’s time for sleep as we have a long day of treacherous mountain driving ahead of us!
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  • Day35

    Pristina, Kosovo

    July 27 in Kosovo

    Priština im Kosovo, Europas jüngstes Land war ein weiterer kurzer Zwischenstopp auf dem Weg in Richtung Norden. Nur 2 bis 3 Stunden von Skopje entfernt, je nach Andrang an der Grenze.
    Rein optisch wirkt das Land beim durchfahren sehr in die Jahre gekommen. Viele heruntergekommene Plattenbauten, aber auch viele Neubauten aus den letzten Jahren. In der Hauptstadt angekommen habe ich kurz meine Tasche ins Zimmer geworfen und bin direkt auf Fotosafari gegangen. Aber außer altem Sowjetcharme und ein paar skurrilen Monumenten ("Bill Klinton", Newborn, Stadion und Unibib) gab es leider nicht viel zu erkunden. Da war es gut, dass ich nur eine Nacht gebucht hatte. Alten Sowjetcharme hatte ich bisher schon ausreichend 😂
    Auch hier sind die Menschen total begeistert von Deutschland und der Schweiz. Flaggen überall, deutsche Autos und Kennzeichen von Kosovo-Albanern auf Heimaturlaub. Englisch spricht hier fast niemand, Deutsch dann schon eher.
    Das Nachtleben wird auf jeden Fall groß geschrieben. Zahlreiche schicke Bars und Clubs säumen die Innenstadt und Fußgängerzone. Ist bestimmt interessant in 10 Jahren nochmal herzukommen und sich die Veränderungen anzusehen.
    Jetzt habe ich aber erstmal die knifflige Aufgabe von Kosovo nach Serbien einzureisen. Während ich hier schreibe stehe ich bereits 3 Stunden an der Grenze. Im schlimmsten Fall muss ich 4 Stunden zurück nach Skopje und von dort dann 9 Stunden nach Belgrad. Mal sehen 😂 War halt nicht besonders clever am Wochenende genau über diese Grenze zu wollen 🤔
    Kosovo hat sich ja vor ca 10 Jahren von Serbien unabhängig erklärt, was Serbien nicht anerkannt hat. Folglich bin ich an einer quasi nicht existierenden Grenze, je nach Blickwinkel. Ob man an einer nicht-Grenze abgewiesen werden kann?
    Auch sonst ist der Kosovo sehr jung. Über 50% der Kosovaren sind unter 25 Jahre alt.
    Nachtrag: nach "nur" 4 Stunden an der Grenze hat mir der Trick mit Perso statt Reisepass die direkte Einreise ermöglicht. Wette gewonnen und zumindest etwas Zeit gespart 💪
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  • Day5

    After a total of 6.5 hours on two different buses, we finally rolled into Prizren shortly after 330pm. Coincidentally, we happened to arrive just in time for Kosovo’s annual arts festival known as ‘Dokufest,’ which apparently attracts documentary makers from all over the world. Fortunately, we were able to book last minute accommodations in spite of the increased number of visitors.

    After settling into Prizren’s old town, we made the small trek up to the fortress wall, from where you could easily view 7+ minarets/mosques all lined up in linear fashion.

    I have to make special mention of the outpouring of kindness/hospitality we received here. From a local restaurant owner that personally walked Sean to the bank to make sure he found his way, to a passerby that so eagerly shared all of the attractions Prizren had to offer, the care that everyone showed to us is definitely what made Prizren such a charming location.

    With this in mind, it’s no surprise that we made our first friends here. The streets were flooded by people visiting the many bars and cafes, so we decided to pop our heads into a bar called Te Kinezi (named after the Chinese restaurant that was there before it). It was here where we met Edmond, Etnik and the rest of the staff. After spending several hours sitting at the bar, chatting and getting to know each other, they invited us to an outdoor DJ event that was part of the local festival, and we danced the night away until the wee hours of the morning. KK
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  • Day3

    Ulpiana die antike Römerstadt

    September 15, 2016 in Kosovo

    Direkt hinter meinem Hotel Gracanica, liegen die römischen Ruinenen von Ulpiana. Die Stadt wurde vom römischen Kaiser Trajan, anfangs des zweiten Jahrhunderds gegründet. Die Stadt umfasst innerhalb ihrer Mauern 35 ha. Sie war einer der schönsten dardanischen Städte. Und wurde deshalb auch, Ulpiana Slendidissima genannt. Sie lag an der wichtigen Strasse, Amselfeld Skopie.

  • Day14

    Prizren

    September 16, 2016 in Kosovo

    Der Kosovo hat die freundlichsten und positvsten Menschen, die ich je kennengelernt habe! Ein Grenzbeamter hat mir gleich seine Telefonnummer gegeben und gemeint, dass ich mich bei Fragen oder Problemen bei ihm melden soll...und gemeint, dass wir uns unbedingt Prizren anschauen müssen! Tolle Stadt...von den Festungsmauern haben die Rufe aus den unzähligen Moscheen etwas mystisches...

  • Day1

    Gracanica

    September 13, 2016 in Kosovo

    Ist eine Serbische Exklave im zentrum des Kosovos. Mit den umliegenden Dörfern ,ca 13000 Einwohner. Davon ca 7200 Serben, 2500 Albaner, 900 Romas, Ashkali und Balkan-Agypter. Der Rest, Goranen, Türken, Bosniaken und andere Etnien. Auf dem Weg vom Flughafen durch die Dörfer, mussten wir immer wieder den zahlreichen Hühner ausweichen, die auf und über die Strassen spazierten.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Republic of Kosovo, Kosovo, كوسوفو, Республіка Косава, Κόσοβο, קוסובו, कोसोवो, Koszovó, Kosóvó, Cossovo, コソボ, კოსოვო, 코소보 공화국, Kosovas, Kosowo, Косово, Republika e Kosovës, Република Косово, คอซอวอ, Kosova, 科索沃

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