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Sep 2, 2017 - Skopje, Macedonia to Pristine, Kosovo

We left Ohrid behind this a.m. and took the northern mountainous route to Skopje. We drove through narrow forested valleys. Some widened a little to allow small farms to flourish along with little villages. We could see a freeway being constructed across the valley in the center. On hills there were passing lanes on the up side. On one as we came down the hill a car going up jumped tne gun and pulled out just before the passing lane started. He came so close to hitting us! Gord turned for the ditch and slammed on brakes...another life...

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Apr 2, 2016 - Bus to Pristina via Skopje-Tetovo

4/2 So far: Greece to Albania to Macedonia ___ Hard to make sense from the appearance of things. Lots of Buildings half completed but obviously construction stalled (looking old, abandoned), For Sale signs, and newly completed as well as older buildings empty, just sitting. Then there are construction sites obviously in progress! Admittedly, not a lot, but still one wonders, who's got money to build new when so many places stand vacant? Even housing is similar - stalled and new side-by-side almost. ___ The taxi got us to Ohvid bus station...

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May 26, 2014 - Kosovo calling

Yesterday seems like such a long time ago when I get up this morning. I don't have any grand plans for Pristina - there are a few things I've jotted down to check out, but mostly I just want to have a bit of a wander around and see what the city's really like. A lot of people looked at me like I'd sprouted a second head when I told them I was planning on coming here. I think for most people it's a place that still brings to mind images of conflict, violence, and poverty. Not entirely unreasonably - a quick look at the FCO travel advice...

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May 25, 2014 - Buses and borders

I manage to leave Macedonia without ever telling anybody I don't speak Macedonian. I'm so glad that was the one phrase I mastered in advance. The journey from Bitola back to Skopje is positively luxurious compared to when I left Skopje for Ohrid. A proper bus, relatively new. Air conditioning that makes barely a whisper of a sound. The air inside the bus isn't noxious to breathe. The only noise is the rumble of the tires on the road. Unfortunately I manage to sit in the "assigned" seat of the one person on the bus paying any attention to...

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Oct 14, 2011 - Getting Fired Up

Getting Fired Up We find ourselves in a cultural conflict with our landlord. We believe the purpose of heat is to make it possible to walk around the house in a light sweater and wool socks and not get chilblains. Our landlord, on the other hand, seems to believe that the purpose of heat is to prevent frostbite from setting in so badly that toes must be amputated. He, of course, is trying to be frugal; we, of course, just want to be warm. He and Steve had a heart to heart on the subject on Sunday; this was followed by much activity required...

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Oct 3, 2011 - Our Landlords

Our landlords We rent our apartment from an extended family that lives on the ground floor of the building. They represent the essence of hospitality and appear to be genuinely delighted to have us as tenants. From an American perspective this is a business relationship. From a Kosavar perspective, the relationship is more nuanced. Our landlords tell us we are family and because we miss our own family, this pleases us. But it also makes us a little uncomfortable. On warm evenings, the family gathers outdoors lingering over a final glass...

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Sep 29, 2011 - Pristina: First Impressions

First Impressions: Pristhina Pristhina is nothing to write home about! During the 1960s, in a zealous enthusiasm for urban renewal, whatever charm or character the city may have had was bulldozed in the name of progress. The historic districts were razed and replaced by the very best communist architecture. The central city is surrounded by neighborhoods, many of them comprised of large apartment blocks and beyond that lies what appears to be an industrial zone. But life seems pretty comfortable in this “Balkan backwater.” For one thing,...

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Aug 18, 2009 - CATT in Kosovo

A long time between reports...my apologies. I have some good reasons, though--in fact the best reasons I can think of: I've been crazy busy with enjoyable work. It's quite a contrast from cooling my heels and heating my body on Syros, certainly. Last week I was in Prishtina, Kosovo, establishing the first ever Centre for Alternative Theatre Training (CATT) unit. My friend Jeton Neziraj acted as the host. He's the current director of the National Theatre in Kosovo, where we ran all of our daily sessions. It was an intense experience for all...

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Mick Outside the Box

Mar 19, 2009 - Conflicted Kosovo

NOTE: Sadly, the website continues to position Pristina in Serbia, and does not recognize Kosovo as a separate country. 3/19/09 To retain our Serbian stamp in our passport, we had to take quite a circuitous route from Nis around the perimeter of Kosovo in the town of Mitrovice, and then from there, find our own transportation to the capital, Pristina. No buses from Serbia go directly to the capital. Crossing the “border” between Kosovo and Serbia, the UN and American military troops were immediately obvious, tanks and army vehicles flooding...

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Sep 30, 2007 - Where do I begın? Better questıon ıs what`s next?

Hı agaın - Just when you thought the bomb ın Kosovo deraıled my plans.... If only that had been my only problem. But there have been hıghlıghts. I know that most of you just want the hıghlıghts or the obıtuary, but you`ll just have to make do thıs tıme. The trıp started out wıth a quıck vısıt to Nashvılle to attend a party for the old gang of guys I ran around wıth back ın the day. Tom and Randee were great hosts and ıt was a pleasure to see everyone, especıally Wyn Dobbs, whom I hadn`t seen ın ages. Thanks also to the Dunns and the Cherrys...

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Oct 20, 2006 - La Boz Qui Rit

Rolling power outages, four to six a day. The colder it gets the more they happen. That means getting an entry in to the blog is a race against time. But working out in a gym lit by five candles is kind of trippy... The theatre only uses their gas-fuelled generator for performances, so if the power goes out during rehearsal, tough stones. There are five groups using the theatre at the moment, so rescheduling is not an option - I can hear the other rehearsals through the paper-thin wall of my room until five am. This kind of situation forces...

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Oct 15, 2006 - Heaven Closed Sundays

It's true...I always suspected something amiss with the whole creation in six days concept. Not only is God slacking on Sunday, but no one can get in to the Estate. Sinners unite! We'll storm the gates with copies of South Park's Passion of the Jew and digitally-altered clips of Charlton Heston as Moses drowning in the Red Sea. If we storm on a Friday, the Catholics will have fish entrails hanging out of their mouths...oh, wait, we killed all the fish. Actually, Heaven is a cafe, at least in Prishtina. I thought it might offer me an...

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