Friday, September 11, 2009

A Day-Trip to Kosovo

Kosovo - one of the newest states in the world, which just recently declared full independence from Serbia - is only 20 miles away from Skopje. A bus ride to its capital city, Pristina, only takes 1 1/2 hours . . . depending on how many wagons or tractors one gets stuck behind. Yet, until today, I'd never taken the opportunity to make a visit.

I was only in Pristina for a few hours, but I was able to see the three major sites that I was interested in. . .

Bill Clinton Boulevard: He initiated the 90's NATO campaign against Milosevic and the Serbs, which eventually led to Kosovo's independence. I probably saw more American flags in Pristina than in the average Midwestern town.

The Newborn Obelisk: Unveiled when Kosovo declared independence. Awww. The graffiti is actually supposed to be there.

The BATTLE LIBRARY: Seriously, this is the city library. It looks like they took the usual ugly, blocky, concrete Yugoslav architecture and wrapped it in razor-wire. It's not actually called the Battle Library. . . because the other buildings are too afraid to fight it.

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