so i live in pristina, kosovo now; that has been the case since about midnight yesterday, and it will remain so until about this time next year.
this morning, i went to just pick a few things up from the dep and check out my current neighborhood (pejton), so i figured i'd share my first impressions.
this place is dense and urban, but almost entirely postwar -- which really sticks out. so far, the aesthetic is a kind of jumbled, chaotic, kiev-meets-los feliz sort of thing that i kind of dig.
the people here are friendly, urbane and -- above all -- YOUNG. this is a city of teenagers and young adults, and everything is geared to that demographic. birthrates matter, and this is not old europe.
it's also, for what it's worth, mainly islamic, though it seems about as hardline as any european christian city... which is to say, not at all.
still.... birthrates matter. the blowhard right-wing likes to talk about the gates of vienna and the crusades and "eurabia," but it's all really a bunch of (decadent/indulgent) scary story-telling if you're not having children.
and that's enough political/cultural dallying....
on to a few pics (more to come in the next days and weeks):