Bradt Kosovo Guidebook
Favorite thing: Bradt's Kosovo guidebook is an excellent resource for both those living and traveling to Kosovo for short visits. It is written by two resident experts on Kosovo and has a wealth of extremely useful information and history. I would strongly reccomend purchasing it prior to your arrival in-country.
Fondest memory: The people
accomodation in prishtina
Favorite thing: hi bjorn,
regarding ur question for an apartment.
u'll find a lot of, since i'm a local, i know it.
be carefull when it comes to the price, since the locals request higher values for internationals, then for locals.
the best way to prevent this is, to let a local call the renter and deal the price.
but u can expect a price around 10euro/day, depending on the term of stay.
for any question write me on firstname.lastname@example.org
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Living in Dragodan v. Tophane
Favorite thing: It seems as though most of the internationals living long-term in Pristina live in Dragodan. Dragodan has its advantages - namely beautiful views and close proximity to most of Pristina's foreign embassies/"offices." An area of town that is also worth considering if you plan to move to Pristina for an extended period of time is Tophane. More of a traditional neighborhood, Tophane is considerably cheaper than Dragodan, but also suffers from more power outages than the rest of the city. I enjoy living in Tophane because it feels more like you are living amongst the general population of Pristina, whereas Dragodan is somewhat of an international "bubble." Consider living in Tophane if moving to Pristina!
Fondest memory: During Byram, Tophane turns into a massive sheep market for the entire city, with thousands of sheep being sold in the streets for the practicing Muslims from all of Pristina.
If traveling to Pristina during the winter months
Favorite thing: fly into and out of Skopje (Alexander the Great Airport), as opposed to Pristina International. The weather in Pristina is often extremely foggy during the winter months, which regularly cancels or otherwise delays flights. The Skopje airport is nice and is only an hour and half away from Pristina.
Arial Map of Prishtina
Favorite thing: on the website www.rrethi.com you can find an aerial map of prishtina with search enginge covering most of the businesses/entertainment facilities in the city. unfortunalty still can not search for addresses.
Favorite thing: There are no entry requirements for citizens of any country as long as one has a valid passport. However, is the duration of stay is more than 90 days, everyone has to register with local government and have temporary residence. To do so, one must have a valid working contract with any institution (local or international) and a local residence address.
Be Sensitive To History
Favorite thing: Most of the Kosovar Albanians who I have met openly discuss the events of 1999 and are happy to discuss the current politics in Kosovo - which are quite complex. That being said, as a foreigner, it is important to be sensitive to the history of the region. Many of the current residents of Pristina and elsewhere in Kosovo were subject to severe violence at the hands of Serbian military and para-military forces.
On the mind of most people now (August 2007) in Kosovo is independence. This can also be an extremely sensitive subject (but also a very interesting one). Tred carefully.
Discuss such topics with appreciation and respect, and be prepared to listen.
International Children's Day
Favorite thing: If I had to take a person somewhere in Pristina, I'd probably take them out to the Monastery in Gracanica and to the Fatih Mosque in Pristina. These are the two oldest religious symbols near Pristina that I know about.
A great thing about Pristina is there are a ton of nice restaurants and the prices are quite reasonable. Most nights you can eat under 10-15 Euros with a full meal.
Fondest memory: If you visit Kosovo at the beginning of June or in September, try to catch the International Children's Day festivities on Mother Theresa in downtown Pristina. The road is closed so children from all around Kosovo can perform traditional dances as they parade through downtown.
Favorite thing: ...it is the fact that it was not what I expected. I had the good fortune to sit next to a Kosovan guy on the plane who spoke very good English and so I had the opportunity to discuss Kosova, its history and the war - so by the time I landed I was already getting a sense of the place. My fellow passengers who were mainly Kosovan were very chic...but this could have been the elite who could afford the fare. When I travelled through the city it was bussling and exciting ( we had passed through some difficult areas on the way through - so like most places - there is poverty - not unexpectedly). The following day when I had a chance to walk round more, and interact with the people it was clear that this is a place which is working hard to pull itself out of the war-torn, decrepid, poor, villainous reputation that it has in England to an entrepreneurial, young, vibrant city - the infrastructure is poor....but the spirit of the people is high.
Favorite thing: On the main boulevard walking down from the museum there is this huge building ..its the UNMIK troops headquarters...who keep the region from possible conflicts or hositlities ...all day long you can see vehicles in green with different european flags
Favorite thing: This facade in light yellow is the historical museum where there are exhibits weapond and posters from the former war against serbian troops just few years ago
The door was shut because incredibly i was the first and sole visitor... they turned me on the lights and i was there for 10 minutes....there wasnt so much to see !! lol
but thanks to them anyway for your kindness
Favorite thing: Prishtina doesnt offer so many attraction to the visitor eyes...maybe the most precious gift is people....its another style of life ...the streets are so lively ..people always bargaining in improvised stall on the streets... local coffee shops ...moving around the market... and really calmed place ..although lonely planet guide talk about harms and dangers visiting the city....my opinion at all !!!
The mosque shows a great frame to make some pics ...colourfull walls and blankets to pray !!
Muslim style everywhere
Favorite thing: Prishtina is hard to define it !! its not a really nice place to live ....looking at the people you can see how much they have suffered on former years and they are living under UN shelter !! so its not a good point...the city is full of soldiers and official UN buildings
This is the most important mosque, Jashar Pasha Mosque placed on the top of the city.... closer to the national museum and the local market...its really beautifull one !!
Pain and Hope
Favorite thing: Pristina is far from a healed city -- it's hard to call a musem with photographs of missing objects "favorite" -- it was more like moving.
2004 Update: This exhibition is gone and still none of the objects have been returned.
Knowing Kosovo !
Favorite thing: Well, if you are in Kosova to meet the Kosovar's, Prishina is not an example, you will find the same gender of ppl like all over the world, but if you realy love to meet Kosovars, please go to the small towns, like Ferizaj, Vushtrri, Peja, Prizren(I recommend).
I have spend two years in Rahovec near to Prizren, often visited Prishtina, but no other place like Prizren and Peja.
Fondest memory: Their hospitality, is something you can not describe ... you must feel it... You can try it your self, just knock on the first door you see, and say Hello, you don't have to ask: may I come in ... you will find yourself inside, and see all th members of family saluting you (shake hands) after you finish shaking hands, in front of you is a small glass of indian tea, (you must drink it but you dont have to drink the second) and after follows the lunch .. even you didn't ask for it. (if you dont feel like eating please let them know)...
Prishtina ... is nice ... but as you know after the war lot of humanitarian org, moved in ... some how these ppls(the one you meet on the street) see you in sign of dollar (same as in Gjakova) its nice for having fun ... very nice restaurants and food, cafee, jazz club etc. ..
hmmm I think I said enough ..
Bottom line: I like Prishtina.
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