The cold of the winter was setting in. I stuck to my phone camera somewhere along this part of my trip.
Kosovo has a pretty complex history I’d briefly read about before my arrival. The newest country in Europe, it declared independence in 2008. Serbia doesn’t recognise its sovereignty though.
Things are still going on between the Serbia-Kosovo border.
I was not able to enter Serbia through Kosovo; one would have to exit Kosovo and enter Serbia from another point. This is because Serbia still sees Kosovo as part of their territory.
Interesting conversations with Bris, one of my favourite CS hosts because of the way our conversations so fluidly jumped from one topic to another –
Countries and borders and identities and self-others to solidify one’s identity, concretizing differences to maintain one’s sense of self
Religious- tolerant in Kosovo, harmonious
‘Racial harmony day’ as an interesting concept
I read about how America had helped Kosovo in their movement towards independence. As a recognition of America’s efforts, the statue of Bill Clinton was erected somewhere near the main square.
food is pretty cheap
yummy food but my phone camera is not doing it justice
bread + sauce / cheese / greek yogurt
Contrast between the new and the old
we went into a mosque, in which bris kept laughing
Brisi got permission to take photos so I took them because 1. I am Asian 2. I am a sucker for prints and doors
The first sculpture was painted newborn. Every year they set a theme for it, last year it was eu or something and they had different countries’ flags and colours painted on it. This year, well, hmm..
so fun :’) i had a really, really great and meaningful time here. not just learning about Kosovo but also having conversations that ranged a huge spectrum, and feeling somewhat sisterly at home.