It was another pleasant day in Prishtina with a lot more to see so we decided to spend another day walking through Prishtina. As we walked, we saw several memorials to Ibrahim Rugova, the first President of Kosovo.
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Ibrahim Rugova, first President of Kosovo
Zahir Pajaziti was a Kosovo Liberation Army commander who was killed in action against the Yugoslav army in 1997. He was declared a Hero of Kosovo.
Yes, there really is a statue of Bill Clinton in Prishtina! Without trying to explain the complexities of the Kosovo War, suffice it to say that the Albanian population of Kosovo was being oppressed by military and security forces of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia prior to the start of the Kosovo War in 1998. Albanians in Kosovo were being fired from their jobs and evicted from their homes.
President Clinton supported the efforts of Albanian Kosovars to create an independent state and authorized US participation in the NATO bombing campaign against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The campaign began on March 24th, 1999 and ended June 11th, 1999. It led to the rapid end of the Kosovo War on June 12th when NATO ground forces arrived in Kosovo.
As an American in Kosovo, I can say that we felt truly welcome and were treated with great hospitality and appreciation. I would definitely visit Kosovo again!
Apartment Blocks Under Construction
Consumer goods are available although the economy is depressed. While Kosovo has the youngest population in Europe, unemployment is high.
Super Viva Cafe
A potent combination of Cafeine, Codeine, paracetamol and propyphenazone
The government of Kosovo approved the construction of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Mother Teresa in Prishtina in 2007. The cornerstone was placed by former Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova, a Muslim.
Prishtina has an very active cafe scene! Off limits to cars, Mother Teresa Boulevard offers a pleasant walk with outdoor vendors and cafes on each side of the street. It is a great location for a coffee and some great people watching!
Walking Mother Teresa Boulevard
Mother Teresa Boulevard
Hungry? Looking for some fast food? Check out the Albanian fast food restaurant Kolonat. Do those golden arches look familiar?
Another building from Kosovo's Yugoslavia past: The Palace of Youth and Sport built in 1977.
Adem Jashari was one of the founders of the Kosovo Liberation Army. This banner hangs above the entrance to the Palace of Youth and Sport. Prishtina's airport is named after him. In 1998, the Serbian army killed 58 members of Jashari's family including himself, his wife and son during a raid on Jashari's home in Prekaz, near Skenderaj in the Drenica region.
The Palace of Youth and Sport includes a shopping mall that is still a popular shopping venue.
Shopping mall is part of the Palace of Youth and Sport complex.
These young men asked me to take their photo on the steps of the Palace of Youth and Sport.
In front of the Palace of Youth and Sport is the Newborn Monument. The monument is a typographical sculpture that was dedicated on February 17th, 2008, the day Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia. Each year, the monument is repainted with a difference scheme and rededicated on February 17th.
The American School of Kosovo is a private school opened in 2003. The school caters to children from pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. The school operates with the principles of the American educational system and provides a curriculum that is North American-based. Instruction is primarily in English, with the exceptions of courses in Albanian language, Albanian culture, Albanian history and foreign languages (German, Italian, and French).
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