Last month my husband got invited to do a backpacking training in Kosovo. At first I was just a teeny but jealous. But that's how this works, he gets to go to exotic places and I stay home and am a one man dog and pony show to our child. It sounds unfair, and it kinda is, but that is what my husband does, international backpacking training.
I think his thought process went like this:
"Hmmmm, I don't really want to go alone," my husband is a true extrovert.
"Hmmmm, what if I take someone from the church?"
"Hmmmmm, the only guy I can think of is traveling too much this year already."
"Hmmmmmm, wait! My mom can watch Emma!"
Speaking now, "Hey, Lara what if you went with me, and Bibi watched Emma?"
"I've never been to a former war zone before, can you imagine the social and cultural implications?!?!"
"I'll take that as a yes."
So we contacted our church, sent out a support letter, and bought tickets. April
11th to 22nd. I'm a little in shock.
I was watching Man vs. Food the other day, I do like the show largely because if I ever happen to be in Philadephia now I know where to get an amazing cheesesteak. So I was thinking, 'What do I need to eat in Kosovo? What kind of cultural experience do I need to have?' I googled it. What pops up? Only things about the war. Nohing travelly at all. Oh, and a youtube video done by some soldiers that were servng there after the war. I started to become a little unsure of any cultural experieces we were going to have.
You know there were landmines used in the war in Kosovo, but they removed most of them now. Hmmmm.
Still if I think about it. I'm thrilled. We scheduled in an extra day (Largely because flights were cheaper that way) to stay in the capital, Pristina, and explore. Even if it is a bomb-out shell of what it used to be I'm still excited, because that's how you get to know a place, see it, learn the history, see the implications of the past. I've never travelled in a place where I didn't know the language or enough to get me out of trouble. And I haven't trevelled that much in Europe. Pristina is still a European city, it has to have some kind of amazing architecture. I do want to see past the war and see what the culture is past that. Part of that is food, and I hear Europe has pretty good beer and wine....
If any of you have any, 'what to do in Kosovo,' suggestions please let me know!!!