Every day we are in a constant worry of at least one thing and usually pretty much about everything. If we want to travel, we worry about tickets, hotels and transportation. We search, read and try to cover every piece of information about our destination; we try our best to have everything organized beforehand. Basically, we end up worrying about what is supposed to be our break from all the other daily matters which we’re worried about.
For my trip to Kosovo, I decided not to plan, organize or prepare anything. I booked the tickets to Thessaloniki and I knew that I will need to take buses to Skopje and then Kosovo. What about rest of the details? I did not care! “No worries, I’ll figure it out when I get there” I thought.
When my friend Elda and I met for the first time, She told me she is if from Kosovo. I had a very shocked facial expression because I had no clue what and where that “Kosovo” is. I definitely didn’t imagine I’ll visit there in a few months.
It’s amazing how travelling gives you the chance to meet new people and make friends from different countries around the world. All you need is to meet a stranger, to start a conversation and find one thing in common and by then you’ll have a house! They say: “You don’t need to build a house everywhere. Find a friend and you’ll have a house.”
I got to Kosovo knowing 2 people and left knowing 20 from different countries. On the way to Kosovo I met a young Scottish couple that have been traveling for 9 months, an older Malaysian couple that began travelling at the age of 55 after retiring and they visited 64 countries in 9 years, and last but not least a 75 years-old lady that gave away all her money and is travelling the world with no money, and she is writing her diary for 40 years!
People in Kosovo are very generous and known for their hospitality. They give you the feeling that you are really at home. Despite the difficulties they are facing and the wars Kosovo has known remain positive and life loving, laughing and enjoying life to the max. Kosovo’s beautiful nature with brown colored houses, wooden doors and very creatively designed stone walls make a perfect combination of simplicity and style.
Travel with no worries and enjoy every moment, talk to strangers and make friends. Life is too short to be wasted on worrying.
Special thanks to Domi and Markaj Families and to everyone that I met during my trip. Without you there would not be unforgettable memories.
Photos from Kosovo and Thessaloniki.