"Kosovo - Enjoy the people and the land" Kosovo by djgotaas
Kosovo Travel Guide: 1 reviews and 5 photos
Air - Only one airport - Prishtina, but many international flights from all over Europe. Some airlines offer good discounts while Austrian Air is usually the most expensive.
Railroad/Trains - None
Buses - Multiple daily buses from Skopje while at least one daily between Nis, Belgrade, Podgorica, and Tirana. Also, vans are quite often available with better speed than buses.
Main Asset - The people of Kosovo are considerate and very friendly to Americans. On 4th of July, three taxi drivers refused to charge me as an American so as to show their gratitude for what America means to them.
Safety - I have walked the streets of Prishtina at 10PM and not felt any fear. A Sept/07 bombing in a commercial area injured people, but the instigator is unknown. This bombing made the world news more because it is so unusual for Kosovo than it being the norm.
Religion - The vast majority of the population is nominal Muslim. Many of them feel that their ancestors were forced to be Muslims by the Ottomans so they are open to converting to Roman Catholics. Protestantism seems to be viewed as a cult and Christian Eastern Orthodoxy is not acceptable except by the remaining Serbs. Their Albanian ancestors were Roman Catholics before the Ottoman occupation thus converting to RC fits with their heritage. Several people have told me that women are offered money for wearing head covering by mosque leadership with the source of the money being from the Middle East.
The landscape of the perimeter of the land is primarily mountainous with some outstanding picturesque areas including the borders with Macedonia (Brezovica for snow skiing), Albania, and Macedonia. The center of the land is primary a plain with grazing or farming.
Prishtina has little to offer other than noting that the two main intersecting avenues are named Bill Klinton and Mother Teresa. Oh yes, Bob Dole is another street.
Prizren is colorful due to its Roman heritage and foothills leading to Brezovica. This city appears to offer the best to tourists.
Peja has Rugova Canyon and the mother church of Serbian Orthodoxy.
Gjakova and other cities have sowm charm, but it is the warmth of the people that I most enjoy.
I have not found any 5 or 4 stars hotels, but there are many 3 stars that are very satisfactory. In Prishtina, try Hotel Prishtina or Baci, but there are other good ones. Some offer free laundry service so be careful what you leave on the floor. These hotels offer rather fast free internet and adequate free breakfasts. The front desk service seems to be quite good everwhere. Stay away from the Grand Hotel and Illirium although they are in the central business district.
There are many good restaurants due to the international visitors and workers. Some are near the central business district such as Tiffiny and Symphony, but the outskirts have excellent restaurants, mostly hidden, that the locals know. Just ask!
As in many places, the taxis may rip you off so be careful. Metering is probably the best until you get a handle of distances and price.
- In a nutshell:Smile and watch them try to help you!
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