“We must take care of our families
wherever we find them.”
There is NO IKEA in Kosovo!!!!!!
I haven’t seen that much of Kosovo more around the area I stayed with my “family” from Landskrona at their summer house in Vushtrri and Pristine, but I have seen and taken part of is it a very amazing and strange setup.
Everything from the war is gone, all the burned down and destroyed buildings are all cleared. The sad thing is that the capital is without hardly any history. A mosque and a clock tower, that is all. It’s only 16 years since Kosovo was in the war and totally flatten.
Kosovo is a country that tries very hard to recover, but it hasn’t managed to the full. It’s like the money is all gone. Same in the villages and countryside plenty new build house, but they are not finished or people live in them, but some floors are not finished and the outsides have nothing been done to.
During the summer returns nearly every family that had a chance to escape the war. Can see it on all the luxury cars on the roads, German and Swedish most of them, but also Switzerland, Belgium, and Nederlands. I didn’t meet one local that didn’t have relatives in Sweden.
They have all big houses in Kosovo in the area where they have relatives and family … and they return for a couple of summer weeks every year. First to visit family and then they take off to Albania for a holiday by the ocean.
There are very high present of EU, UN, US Aid, NATO and of course soldiers, mostly from Italy, Germany, France and US. Sweden only has a few left for administration. Passed the French camp a couple of times.
All government buildings are new and slightly high and there is plenty of them in Pristine city center. There is embassies from most countries and US are just building a new big like a baseball stadium.
Kosovo are trying very hard to get there, but I don’t think there is money for everything and just now they spend a lot of money to get all roads in order and also highways.
The people is just amazing, they work hard … most shops open around 7 am and open into midnight. And average salary is around 200€, but everyone is well dressed even out in the villages. There are some elderly ladies that still are dressed the traditional way, but I have only seen a few.
People are welcoming, friendly, so generous with themselves and what they own. They have so big heart. There is no limit to their hospitality. Suddenly I have a massive family in Kosovo that I’m welcome to visit whenever I want. It feels fantastic.
One evening between the 2 wedding was I invited to the families relatives that live up in the mountains. What a feast!!! We must have been about 30 adults plus 15 children. Eating and dancing outdoors until the sun went down.
I asked about why all men sit together and it’s because they want to talk about Men-stuff. There was a very clear rank order at the tables. Men first, then the most important ladies (I was one of them) then the rest of the ladies, teens and children.
It’s a group of 3 family houses + a barn, two house are own by two uncles that live also in Landskrona and the 3 belong to the brother that have stayed behind and have a little farm … two cows, chickens … his wife does an amazing cow milk cheese that tastes far better any Feta cheese. The two brothers that live in Sweden make sure that he and his family survives. Families are so important and everybody looks after each other.
In Kosovo the coffee, watermelons and tomatoes have more taste than anywhere else.
I feel so privileged to have been taken into their families and that they accepted me as one of theirs.
My days in Kosovo was very intense, but I enjoyed every minute of it and I so glad that I decided to come.
And I hope that I will be able to return in a couple of years time to visit my “big family” again.