Pristina - Post Report Question and Answers

What have been the highlights of your time in this country? Best trips or experiences?

We were disappointed to not travel throughout Europe as we had planned. However, Pristina was a great place to be on lockdown during the global pandemic. - Aug 2021

The people are incredible: if you need something you just have to ask and someone knows something. Kosovars/Albanians are very entrepreneurial and are eager to please. Weekend trips to Valbona (Albania) are breathtaking, and there is great and pretty inexpensive skiing in Kapaonik, Serbia. - Jul 2019

Travelling a lot, within Kosovo, and to neighboring countries. - Nov 2016

Highlight: managing to rescue some of the stranded/abandoned dogs in the city, the local wine, Mass at KFOR. - Jun 2016

Travel has been amazing. Driving: Mostly on long weekends, we made trip to: Montenegro, Albania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia and Greece. Longer trips you can see Croatia and Bosnia. Flying can get you to Central and Western Europe very easily. - May 2016

Roadtripping. Northern Greece, the Albanian coast, the other former Yugoslavian republics, so many more. Travel within Kosovo can also be amazing for the adventurous and fearless. Challenging and very rewarding hikes, beautiful monasteries and Orthodox churches, fantastic nature outside of Pristina. - Aug 2015

Visiting neighboring countries. Skopje, Macedonia is 1.5 hours away. The coast in Albania starts about 3 hours while the beaches of Greece are about 4 hours away. You can drive to Montenegro in about 5 hours and I highly recommend Kotor. Croatia is about 1.5 hours from Kotor. I highly recommend a visit to Plitvice Falls outside of Zagreb. It's absolutely breathtaking. - Jun 2014

Things continue to change and improve in Kosovo all the time. The people of Kosovo are very friendly and the Albanian majority especially express affection for Americans. As an example, the city arranges a large July 4th celebration each year on the main walking avenue (the avenue is named for Nene Tereza = Mother Theresa). The population is young, average under 30. The Universities seem crowded. Unemployment is around 40% and café culture is strong. You will see many people hanging out for hours at cafés nursing a 50 eurocent macchiato. Otherwise, groceries are about the same price as we see in Washington, DC. Nearly everything is imported as the agricultural sector still needs some work. They cannot produce enough to feed themselves and they are resistant to co-ops to make the best economies of the land. One of the best things about living in Pristina was how close it was to visiting other places in the Balkans. A drive to the border takes around an hour and can be unsafe in the dark due to vehicles without lights and people dressed in black walking along the highway, so we planned always to return in daylight. Even with that limitation, we drove around and saw a lot in just 2 years - Macedonia (wine tours!), Greece (Thessaloniki, Meteora, Chalikidiki), Montenegro (Tara Canyon, Perast), Serbia (Belgrade, Novi Sad), Croatia (Dalmatian Coast, Zagreb), Bosnia-Hercegovina (Sarajevo), Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria. - Apr 2013

Visiting some of the Serbian Orthodox monasteries - they are beautiful. - Sep 2012

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