5 Things I’ve Learned So Far in Kosovo

  1. You may know that the primary language spoken here is Albanian (as the population is 92% ethnic Albanian), but it’s been described to me that the people of Kosovo speak “old Albanian” while those from Albania speak a “newer” version of the language that is different enough to cause quite a bit of confusion between Tirana and Pristina.
  2. The jury is out as to whether or not the people from Kosovo like to be called “Kosovar” or not. I tend to stick with “Kosovan.”
  3. The food here is amazing. I suppose that’s less something I’ve learned than it is a happy realization that fresh local food + strong influence of international cuisine = great dining. Today’s lunch consisted of scallion cornbread, pate, and beef carpaccio & fresh mozzarella salad. And a glass of wine of course…image
  4. Speaking of wine… with Kosovo basking in sunshine three-fourths of the year, Kosovo’s grapes are the foundation of some outstanding wines. Stone Castle is the largest vineyard in the country and I can attest that their Pinot Noir is delightful.
  5. Mother Teresa was Albanian and is (understandably) a very important figure here. The main pedestrian road in downtown Pristina is named after her. She was actually born in nearby Skopje, Macedonia but her parents are believed to have been born in what’s now Kosovo. Another noteworthy figure in Skopje, by the way, is Alexander the Great. He is also a point of major contention between Greece and Macedonia as both claim him. Here is the 22 meter statue in the heart of Skopje that sure looks a lot like him:

 

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  • Santiago Clift
    August 31, 2016 at 8:49 am

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  • Obdulia Dinora
    August 31, 2016 at 9:08 am

    You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

    • Bridget
      September 2, 2016 at 9:23 am

      Now that I’ve lived in Kosovo for three more years, I look back on this post and smile. I think I’ve learned a lot since then, but you’re right — the complexity of this great country never ends!