"Gjakova, Kosova" Pristina Travelogue by 5er

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Gjakova

Well, in this town was my first meeting with Kosovo culture, traditons, customs, people. When I am writing this, I am going back trough my memories, and I become a little bit sad, because there I have a lot of friends.

I am also curious how it looks now out there, since I left Kosova (Dec 2000) I havent been there again.

But soon I hope....

People there are very nice, kind, hospitality is something common here.(stiil, but I am wondering how it will be after the "invasion" of the western culture...) Most of the poeple speaks some foreign language - German, English, some of them French. So, it's not so hard to communicate with them. For me was even easier, because I speak Serbian, which quite close to my native language - Bulgarian.

Here I was leaving on the street, where most of the mail members of the families was missing, and nobody knows where they are... terrible, you even can't imagine....

the bridge

the bridge... another point of view...

The Hadum Mosque

The Hadum Mosque was built in 1592/3 or 1003 according to the Hegira Islamic system of measuring time.
At the end of March 1999, it was being set on fire by Serbian police and paramilitaries.

The top of the minaret was shot off by Serb soldiers using a shoulder-launched missile on May 8, 1999

Gjakova view

This is the way the old trade street was looking when I come there in '99. Now it's changed, but for sorry I don't have pictures ...(soon....)

real story

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up in the montain

... sad view, a lot of burned houses, some people like this are leaving in a tents, and the weather was cold. They even didn't have blankets, so when we came the second time we brought some blankets, sleeping bags, some food - fruits, vegetables, sweets for the children.

The hosts prepared for us a traditional bread and they give us some home made cheese and fresh milk.

.. I realy hope that this families are ok, they live far from the towns, up in the mountains, there is no communication, there is no roads, there is only paths...

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lunch in a village

Lunch in a village, near Gjakova.

mine field

Have you ever seen mine fields? Nothing special, but just don't walk trough it...

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... I have mentioned about the burned houses...
This is how people without house are living...
In 2000 there were still places in Kosovo where some people were living in tents.

I even can't imagine how they have survive during the winter.....

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