Monday, August 13, 2018

8 Reasons Why You Should Visit Kosovo

Kosovo become one of the favorite countries to be visited by bloggers and journalists, who are writing recommendation why to travel to this country.
Here is a blog from Anita Hendrieka, who is listing 8 reasons, why you should visit Kosovo. 
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I knew that the second I stepped foot in Kosovo I would love it, and I was right. Kosovo is such a unique place for many reasons and honestly, it was one of my favourite countries I visited at the beginning of this year.


So, let’s get into the reasons why you should visit Kosovo!

1. IT’S EUROPE’S NEWEST COUNTRY
Yes, you read that right! In 2008 Kosovo declared independence making it the newest country in Europe. Unfortunately, not everyone still to this day recognizes Kosovo as a country. Spain, Greece, Russia and many more still consider Kosovo as a part of the country of Serbia. I recognize Kosovo’s independence as an independent country from Serbia. If you have anything negative to say about Kosovo’s independence, then please don’t bother. This is not a place for political arguments and any negative comments will be removed. I am not looking to have a debate on this issue. I recognize Kosovo as an independent country and in my opinion, everyone else should too.


2 TO TRY THE SUJUK
I couldn’t count on both hands how many times I had Sujuk (spicy sausage). It’s honestly the most flavorsome meat I have ever had. To my surprise, it can be spicy. I wasn’t expecting it to be as in Albania spicy food is not popular at all. So, if you come to Kosovo make sure you try Sujuk.


3 THE PEOPLE ARE EXTREMELY FRIENDLY
Every single person I encountered in Kosovo was friendly. Everyone is willing to have a conversation about your travels or if they don’t speak English, they will happily smile at you. If I ever needed any help with directions, there was always someone asking me if I was okay. They are very hospitable people!

4 NATURE IS OUT OF THIS WORLD
From snowcapped peaks to rolling countryside, canyons and caves, the nature and views in Kosovo blew me away. It was one of the prettiest places I have been to. One of my favourite places was Peja. The views from the mountains above will blow your mind – trust me!

5 IT’S AFFORDABLE
As a tourist, travelling in Kosovo is extremely affordable. You can grab a full meal for under a few euro. It’s one of the most affordable countries in Europe. Therefore, Kosovo is very attractive to backpackers. If you want your money to go a little further, then visit Kosovo!

6 THE RAKI
If you have never tried raki before then you’re in for a shock. Raki is a distilled alcohol normally made from grapes, peaches or any other type of fruit. It’s extremely strong – it can range from 20-60% (no one really knows the strength). The raki, in my opinion, was very different from the one I’m used to in Albania. It’s a lot smoother, I liked it a lot!

7 FASCINATING HISTORY
As mentioned above, Kosovo has had a damaging past. From civil war to newly founded independence, there is lots to learn about the history of Kosovo. It’s no secret that Kosovo has had a stormy past. As mentioned, in the 90’s international relations had to intervene.
It’s not a history you can learn overnight either. You will hear many stories of first-hand encounters from locals.... 

8 THEY HAVE THE BEST MACCHIATO IN THE WORLD!

I never knew this before visiting but just out of Pristina in a town called Gjilan they claim to have the best macchiato…in the world! Yes, you read that right. Make sure you visit a bar called Papaku to try. It’s famous for having the best. I can confirm that the macchiato was delicious, was it the best? I actually have no clue as that was my first every macchiato, but others have claimed that it is, in fact, the best, even better than Italy! Now that’s a big claim.

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