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Bus travel through the Balkans is a necessity unless you are brave enough to rent a car. Trains are sometimes an option, but they can run on the slow side, and to see many of the most impressive sights in the region, you must bear with the wheels.
The figurative highlight of Prizren, Kosovo, is its people. Its literal highlight, however, would be Kalaja Fortress, a once massive medieval citadel that was a capital of the Serbian Empire decades ago.
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour is one of Prizren’s newer historic sites, built in 1870 by the Catholic Archbishop of Skopje. I happened to walk by at 6pm, when the bells went clanging, clanging . . .
Prizren has one gem of a hotel: the new Hotel Centrum, located a couple blocks from the main plaza and close to everything one would need in this town of 70,000.
The highlight for me in Prizren, Kosovo, was the fresh cheese market. Soft and hard cheeses were ready for purchase, marinating in plastic or wooden tubs. Yogurt is flavorful and intense, and has more than one use . . .
When you live in a land tempered by war and faced with an unsettled future, sometimes the simpler things in life are more enjoyed and savored. Children find other ways to amuse themselves besides video games.
In 1937, he was a young man with a bright future. His father was wealthy and the family owned property all over Serbia and its southern enclave, Kosovo. A weighty investment turned out to save his family.
Walking through Prizren, Kosovo, one feels excitement at what this charming town of 70,000 could achieve in a few short years. Water and sewer lines are benefiting from upgrades. Homes and apartments are starting to crowd out houses that had been abandoned and became decrepit.
Prizren, and Kosovo, is a wonder, complicated, and contradictory. If you look for a definition of Balkanization, Kosovo is it.
Organic farming may seem to be a luxury for now in Kosovo, but this fledgling republic is ripe for such a change. Beekeeping is a start with the help of Mercy Corps.