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SWMBO reports from sunny Kosovo. Not.

Bridge, Skopje

Bridge, Skopje

We were all set to leave Skopje and drive to Priština when a last flurry of emails to and from Kosovo resulted in our split second decision to stay put. Our CS host in Priština was gracious about our sudden cancellation. In fact, he recommended it based on our planned route through Serbia back to France.

We had tried hard for about two weeks to get accurate, reliable, relevant and up-to-date information about the feasibility of visiting Kosovo. Talk about looking for a needle in a haystack! We were not worried about our safety. We were worried that we might subsequently be denied entry to Serbia – a country that does not recognize Kosovo’s independence, expresses its displeasure at Kosovo’s separation by willy-nilly barring visitors who have been there, and one we absolutely had to enter.

Skopje Central Post Office

Skopje Central Post Office

Once we had found yet another place to stay in Skopje, we made lemonade from our lemons and took the kids to a fancy waterpark. The reported $25 family pass was non-existent but the price was still right at 1500 dinars ($37 for 6 people). The kids did a good job of hiding their disappointment at not sleeping on a stranger’s floor in the poorest country of Europe and being forced to hurtle down water slides and wind along the lazy river on inner tubes instead.

Skopje water park (photo from skyscrapercity.com)

Skopje water park (photo from skyscrapercity.com)

The next day, we went back to the Telecom Café for a nice lunch and I went to take a closer look at the Skopje Central Post Office. We gorged ourselves on the figs hanging over our car at the apartment. Then we packed up and headed for Serbia.

Cesar salad, Telecom Café

Cesar salad, Telecom Café

We’ll just have to come back another time to visit Kosovo.