Kosovo - It is new born, they said

Here in Pristina, I ended a long session of driving. I started this afternoon in Podgorica, crossed to Albania then to Kosovo. Arrived in Pristina late this evening. The road conditions actually all over were much better than I expected and especially after crossing into Kosovo, driving on the newly built road made it a comfortable drive.

A long way from Podgorica via Albania and then to Kosovo.

A morning in Pristina

This morning I roamed around Pristina. The country, and directly affected its capital Pristina, was in war and it's not difficult to spot evidence of that.

The best and biggest example probably is the soccer stadium in the center of Pristina, as it is was so heavily destroyed and is now undergoing processes of deconstruction and same time rebuilding.

I didn’t have much time to walk very far around Pristina, but due to the people I talked to, they also couldn’t recommend me to walk much further as there is nothing much to see anyway :D.

There is nothing to see in Pristina. You have seen the library...hmm.. yes that all.

So I didn’t argue with that statement and went looking for the main attractions, the “New Born”-letters and the library, before I then needed to find my way out of Pristina and towards Skopje, Macedonia.

The UCK Street

The broken Pristina soccer stadium in 2017

The cool library of Pristina

A nice construction in the middle of Pristina. It's the national library with its interesting fence around. The library, located on the university campus, is reminiscent of the barbed wire fences still visible in the country today.

The orthodox church near the library

On the same area as the library was this unfinished church. It should have been completed by 1999 but the Kosovo war interrupted the construction until up today.

"New Born" sign and the city center

It was released on 17 February 2008. On this day Kosovo formally declared its independence from Serbia. All the letters together weigh 9 tons.

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