I Went To Prizren Again

As lucky as I am for living in a bigger city in Kosovo, I really don’t like to spend my weekends here. I could never be what PCVs call a “site rat;” someone who never leaves their site.

Typically I like to meet up in Prishtina with my friends because there are a lot of good restaurants, cafes, and people there! But this past weekend we figured we’d try something new and head to Prizren!

If you’ve been here before, you know the last time I went to Prizren I got stranded there… but not this time, friends!

My best friend Christina wanted to get there early so I needed to catch the 8:00 bus. My issue? I didn’t even get out of bed until 7:40. I am… in the nicest way to myself… incredibly lazy and a procrastinator! I didn’t even have time to pack my bag so I shoved whatever I thought I needed for the night in my backpack and set off to the bus stop. And by set off I mean I half ran half power walked.

However! I did make it on time! Although it was probably less of a “on time” and more of a “the bus was late” kind of situation. Either way, I made it and off we went to pick up my best friend and then to Prizren!

When we arrived, we both immediately ran into the “Rita Ora Pizzeria” and started dying laughing. Rita Ora nor her family own this restaurant. She doesn’t endorse it. Nor do I believe she’s ever been there. But it was so funny to see so we of course took pictures.

Then we went to the bank because as PCVs we do not make much money so when we get paid it’s like Christmas every month (and I literally only had enough cash to take the bus into Prizren). There, we ran into three other PCVs who were in Prizren for the day and we accidentally became triplets!

Me, Christina, and Joan!

Apparently many other PCVs had the same idea as us because we ran into even more friends at a cafe!

My beautiful friends Va and Christina

It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t go to KFC for lunch (also a major driving force in the decision to visit Prizren). I’ve said it so many times before and I’ll continue to say it. KFC Kosova is delicious and a beautiful reminder of home! And it’s also a nice change from eating bread all day every day.

I am Colonel Sanders now

After lunch, we went to another cafe because that’s what you do in Kosovo. And I hung out with my very favorite PCV and gnome, Radar!

So, there’s a fountain in the middle of Prizren that holds some magical powers. They say if you drink from it, you will be married within six months. I drank from it back during PST when I visited Prizren for a minority community visit—eager to get married to a beautiful Albanian. What I didn’t think about though was that I had also done another ritual that promises a marriage at Novo Brdo! Which, to me, means they cancelled each other out! I can’t take any risks so, being the romantic I am, I took another drink from the fountain to cancel out the original cancelation!

I won’t give the boring details of our dinner plans, but I will tell you about how my good friend Matt and I were poisoned at a restaurant!!! Okay okay that’s a bit dramatic. We were; however, served habanero paste in large quantities and nearly had our faces melted off! Matt and I immediately went down to the bathroom and started rinsing our mouths and nasal passages out with the tap water. I remember being so confident when the chili was served to me. Even going so far as to say “I’m Mexican. I can handle it!” Boy, was I wrong wrong wrong!

We survived! And we eventually made it back to our Airbnb for the night. Faces in tact and good times still to be had.

I always have such a great time when I’m with my beautiful friends! They make Prizren just a little more beautiful, don’t they?

Muzikë Monday #3

This week’s Muzikë Monday is dedicated to my ten year old host sister who listens to this song at least five times a day at full volume!

When I first got here I kept hearing about this “Çika Çika” song and everyone had strong feelings about it. So, being the pop music aficionado I am, I went to Ardian Bujupi’s YouTube account and gave it a listen. My instant verdict: BOP! (Also tell me why so many of my fellow PCTs don’t know what the word bop means!? I’m honestly disappointed)

Çika Çika is by Prishtina-born artist Ardian Bujupi. It always blows my mind to see these wildly successful artists making such great music coming from Kosovo. Not because Kosovo doesn’t have talent, but because it has so much—especially being a tiny little state hidden in the heart of Europe. I think the most interesting thing about Ardian Bujupi is that he was born in Kosovo, but moved to Germany as a baby. He embraces both his Shqiptar (Albanian) identity and his German identity and makes songs in both languages. I was fascinated to read the comments on his Albanian songs which were all in Albanian of course, and then the comments on his German songs which were all in German; showing that he has two completely different fan bases but still consistently makes hits that are true to his ethnic and national identities.

Muzikë Monday

Seeing as it’s Monday evening here in Kosovo and I loooove me some Albanian music, I decided to start a weekly post dedicated to Albanian music that I’m currently loving and a little bit about it!

If you know me then you know I’m obsessed with the Albanian/Kosovar rapper Capital T! In particular, his song with singer/rapper Majk called Pasha Jeten.

Capital T was born in Prishtina when it was still part of Yugoslavia, which is now the capital of current day Kosovo!

Without further ado, here is the bop known as Pasha Jeten here in Kosovo!