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Month: March 2019

Balkans Adventure – In Defense of Pristina (Prishtina) – Part 8

Balkans Adventure – In Defense of Pristina (Prishtina) – Part 8

What makes a city ugly, is it the architecture, the people, an undercurrent of crime or just the general feel of the place, with two days in one of the ugliest capitals in Europe, I set to find out why Prishtina (Pristina) has such a reputation. Let’s start off with the first and most immediate reaction, the architecture, this, to be honest, is one of the first things we see about a city when we first arrive. Some cities immediately…

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Balkans Adventure – New Rules in Pristina – Part 7

Balkans Adventure – New Rules in Pristina – Part 7

Following on from the disaster that was Part 6, in Part 7 I get held at the border, avoid the motorway and finally arrive at Pristina (Prishtina), enjoy the ride. We pick this story up at the Kosovo border post, where a Serbian stamp in my passport was about to cause a whole host of issues. Now, of course, being the reasonable and intelligent traveller which I am, I had researched getting in and out of Kosovo thoroughly beforehand. What…

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Balkans Adventure – The Road to Kosovo – Part 6

Balkans Adventure – The Road to Kosovo – Part 6

The road to Kosovo isn’t some sort of complex metaphor to define years of animosity and outright war, it is, in fact, a rather bumpy, pothole death track through the middle of a mountain range, full of bandits, criminals and little old ladies selling tea… I believe my hatred for bus stations has already been well documented and trust me Skopje bus station did very little to change those opinions. Buying my ticket was both a simple and complicated process….

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Balkans Adventure – Kale & Jewellery up the Skopje Fortress – Part 5

Balkans Adventure – Kale & Jewellery up the Skopje Fortress – Part 5

In this part I get offered a bunch of rather handsome jewellery, eat ice cream and discover a fortress made of Kale, sorry I mean a Kale Fortress, nope, sorry again, the Skopje Fortress. Welcome to Part 5! After successfully conquering the Skopje Cross, I had one more day to explore the city. Actually, on that subject, I think I should talk a little more about Skopje because it is really is a one of a kind city. The whole…

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