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A Day In Prishtina

A Day In Prishtina

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ne: 28-05-2019, 15:21:16

I awoke early, opened the curtains and surveyed the city sprawled out below me. One hundred shades of grey from the sky, to the concrete and the mass of tower blocks, houses, and apartments reflected back at me through the glass. A crisp autumn day of around 15 degrees, we wrapped up in our best woolen knitwear and ventured out onto the street.

Located in the centre of Prishtina, our hotel was perfectly placed to explore the city on foot so that’s exactly what we did. I strolled through the back alleys, Dea transfixed by the trees with gold, burgundy and orange leaves, and made my way to the eponymous ‘Newborn’ sign.

The centre of Prishtina is full of fascinating architecture- modern EU or US funded towers full of glass and steel, sitting next to ageing Yugoslavian Communist era blocks that would have once housed ‘the workers’. I passed numerous kebab shops each with aluminium chimneys puffing smoke into the morning air and an abundance of large coffee shops, full of locals drinking the best coffee in the region.

I walked down Rruga Luan Haradinaj and couldn’t help but think how there is still something in the air in this city. I am no expert on what happened here in the late 90’s but to me, this place still felt like its scars have not fully healed. I met one woman on the street who struck up a conversation with me and tells me how much of the area has not changed since those days and that for Kosovars, the ghosts of the past can be very much present in every street, home, and part of the city.

“When you go outside of Prishtina, to places like Gjakova, it is even worse. There are women with no husbands and sons, many more who have family members that disappeared.They have given up ever knowing what happened to them. It is still a sensitive subject,” she tells me. More here: https://thebalkanista.com/2019/11/11/a-day-in-prishtina/
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