A love story? Pristina and I go on a first date
|Big, glassy, and modern lives right next to Ottoman era mosques.|
The issue isn’t new building, but rather building without cultural preservation. Pristina has an incredible history! There have been neolithic findings from the 8th century BC, it was the most important city in the balkans under the Romans, and was a major trade hub during Ottoman Empire.
Sadly so little of this history is evident walking down the street. Or maybe it is just so covered in grey mud it is hard to tell what is really going on!
|I think they gave themselves the five stars – look Ma five stars!|
Despite it’s ugly mug, I have to admit I am finding some things to really enjoy. For one, as promised the cafe culture is awesome and very affordable for a fellow on a budget. Check out this amazing slice of cheesecake for 1.30 Euro!
|I meant to take a picture when it first arrived but was so excited that I didn’t remember the picture until I was several bites in…|
All of the local kosovars I have interacted with have also been incredibly nice. Despite a tough language barrier (albanian is ridiculously hard but I am working on it) I managed to get this tiny phone today, find a super modern gym with wifi (bonus!), and have a couple of really good leads on apartments.
|It has snake! And makes my hand look like a giant meat paw.|
Despite all of the grey, there is lots of local color if you know where to look.