One beautiful moment

Trip Start Nov 15, 2005
Trip End Aug 15, 2008

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Wednesday, August 2, 2006

A somewhat excrutiating 2 hour bus ride from Prishtina (for the horrible, horrible music they played throughout, so loud it was impossible to ignore) brought me to Prizren, a large town that was the scene of some of the most violent clashes in the 2004 disturbances.

An old town with more obvious Turkish influences than Prishtina, the Serb buildings were quite easy to identify, as they were the ones that had been burnt out amongst the others left standing. Houses had obviously been targeted, but also (as throughout Kosovo) the orthodox churches had been damaged, and were now all under KFOR guard. It seemed quite strange to see these places, often just skeletens of buildings, protected by large fences, armed guards and occasionally tanks.

There not being an awful lot to see around town as such (though pleasant enough to stroll aimlessly around), I walked up to the castle ruins overlooking the town. There were some lovely views from there, way out past the town to the mountains in the distance, and I was quite lucky with my timing. Standing on the old walls and looking down on the town, it turned 1 and the hourly call to prayer began. This being mostly an Albanian (and therefore muslim) area, there are many mosques throughout the place, and the initial mournful cry from somewhere close beneath me was soon joined by one or two others, then more and more as the call rippled out across town. There seemed to be an odd harmony to it all, really quite uplifting.

Feeling vaguely content with my visit, I had to endure another two hours of Kosova 'music' before returning to the relative aural sanctuary of Prishtina.
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