// MY NAME IS DANIELAnd after years of dreaming I've sold everything I own and set off on the open road. I've made this site as a sort of photo journal of my travels. The map shows where I've been (red), where I've stayed a month or more (yellow), and where I plan to go (white). And so, armed with little more than a backpack, a camera, and a dream, I now take the road less traveled by. So it goes.
PRISTINA I arrived in Kosovo by taxi from Macedonia. This is one of Europe's youngest countries, having gained it's independence in 2008 when it unilaterly declared seperation from Serbia (which itself was formerly part of Yugoslavia). This was after several years of war in the 1990s, where each side accused the other of genocide and war crimes, and which saw the United States bomb Serbia and the United Nations oversee Kosovo as an autonoumous province of Serbia, a relationship that eventually fell apart. The Kosovars are quite appreciative of the US support they recieved which is why you'll see a statue of both Bill Clinton (on Bill Clinton Boulevard, no less) and Madeline Albright below. Bob Dole also has a statue somewhere in the city, and George W Bush has a avenue. You'll also see a statue of Mother Teresa below, who was an ethnic Kosovar (born in Skopje, which at the time was part of Kosovo Province of the Ottoman Empire). Pictured here is Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, and while I found the city a little too cluttered with cars, the people could not have been more kind or welcoming.
PRIZREN A lot of the tourbooks say Prizren is Kosovo's most beautiful city. It's easy to see why. With a hilltop castle fortress and river it was an important city in the Roman province of Dardania, though it's original settlement probably dates back all the way to the Bronze Age. The Ottomans (Turks) took control of the city in 1450 and their architectural heritage is still quite noticeable today.
PRIZREN CASTLE Prizren's fortress today lies mostly in ruins, but I appreciate that it's a now a free public park within easy walking distance of the town center.