Independence Day Activities at Leke Dukagjini

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Independence Day Activities at Leke Dukagjini

Friday was an easy day for me at school. Just 2 morning classes and then the students had prepared a special performance in honor of Kosova’s Independence this coming Monday. My favorite part was the traditional dancing. The girls did a great job, all in sync. Afterwards they came up to me and said “What did you think? Did you like it?” I said, “of course, I loved it!” And they had a big smile on their faces.

Traditional Albanian Food

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Traditional Albanian Food

A generous friend came to my apartment to cook me some delicious Albanian meals. That way, I can return to the United States with several recipes that are easy enough to do on my own. This is only the first of three meals! Sausages and special type of cheese called “Gjiza” mixed with paprika and vegetable seasoning. Red wine from Rahovec and grated cabbage salad. Albanians use gjiza in everything! Especially with peppers and in bakery goods like byrek. Sausages are a staple food here. You can find a sausage/meat shop every 2 blocks.

Welcome back to Kosova

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Returned from my trip to Turkey a week ago. I was greeted by this song on the bus ride from Prishtina to Prizren: “Welcome to Prishtina” by Adrian Gaxha. I like the video because it captures a lot of major monuments in Prishtina (including the statue of President Bill Clinton!)……if you don’t mind the club scenes and the fact that a little kid sings the refrain.