All good things come to an and, and so I have to say goodbye to the balcan region now. I am writing this up while sitting at the airport in Skopje, waiting for a flight to the cold Germany. Yesterday I crowned the trip with a visit to a nation that is not recognized as such by many countries of the world: Kosovo.
If you ask people who have been to Pristina, which is the capital of the tiny state of Kosovo, what it is like you get one answer consistently. There is nothing to see, it is not pretty either, but I stayed longer than I had planned. Most will elaborate on the extremely young population and of course the pleasantly low prices. Nice is also that they use Euro as their currency, allowing me to use my Euro reserve for once instead of accumulating more coins and notes of various countries I have been to without being able to use up all the money.
I found all of the descriptions of Kosovo by people I have met to be true. It does feel like school is out any time of the day since so many very young people are roaming the streets. The nightlife must be a blast there, at least that is what people say. I have not tried it but have no trouble believing it. Prices are incredibly low for someone from central Europe. In fact, they are so low that it is the main reason for some working travelers to stay there. If you are low on cash and without a stable income, working from your laptop on occassional IT-, marketing-, or whatever projects, or if you are dealing with all sorts of investment online, this can be your place.
Pristina is certainly not the gem of Kosovo. That apparently is the much smaller Prizren. But due to a lack of time, I did not make it there. Another day. Pristina, however, is neither particularly modern, nor does it have a nice old town. The center of town is relatively small, and all the sights, if you want to call them that, are within a 500-meter radius, or so.
One of the more memorable sights is the statue of former president Bill Clinton. I am not aware that there is another one of him anywhere? They seem to have modeled it after the slightly chubby original that we remember as president and not the scraggy imposter that occasionally appears on TV nowadays claiming to be him. Why Bill, you ask? Something to do with a war, independence, but most of all world politics and power-games. Anyhow, apart from the fact that the whole impeachment issue surrounding him was embarrassing, to say the least, one still misses the old times when thinking about the orange clown in the white house right now.