Stroll the dust-caked streets of Prishtina and it's immediately clear, that you may no longer be in Europe, but waltzing through the streets of the Middle-East.
From the haunting echoes across the Turkish quarter of the early morning call to prayer to the almost comical edificial structures, hastily strung together with hollow bricks and devoid of doors and windows - Kosovo is as chaotic, as it is enticing.
Built out of the ashes of a bloody civil war that divided the former Yugoslav kingdom into six nations, including the controversial decision that split Kosovo from Serbia, the previous occupier, this nation has undergone a colonial story that stretches back 1500 years to the arrival of the first Slavic tribes into the Balkan region and yet Kosovo is a completely new entity in its own right.
If you were to spend time split between Kosovo and Serbia, you would gather an understanding of why the relationship is so hard to thread back together. Imagine your own relationship with your siblings, sometimes it can be incredibly beneficial, sometimes you just clash - that's the Balkans in a nutshell, for all of the beauty within the eyes of the people, they are torn apart by their indifferences, and there are plenty.
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Kosovars as a whole are beautiful people with a hospitable spirit to match. There's a warmth in their eyes, a sadness in their heart as they struggle with the sheer lack of progress in their tiny nation. A government filled with former members of the independence movement KLA has bled the country dry of any hope yet walk the streets, you'll soon discover that there's unlimited potential waiting to be tapped here.
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From the medieval Ottoman town of Prizren with its ancient fortress that stretches with an eye-watering view of the Serbian valley to the south, to the mountainous Peja region to the west - this town is one of the highlights of a visit to Kosovo.
Peja (Pec in Serbian) is a region with some of the most immaculate hiking trails in the Balkans, crisp flowing streams of crystal clear water navigate the deep-crusted valleys of the Kosovo mountain region.
Mitrovica is the disturbingly sombre town that divides Kosovo's Serbian and Albanian population by a bridge.
City Mosque, Mitrovica.
Today, children are taught not to cross the bridge as both sides are technically still at war with each other and violent outbreaks are still a very real possibility. As recently as a couple of months ago, a Serbian politician from Kosovo's government was shot dead here.
And Prishtina, with its weird bubble-wrapped library, its quirky NewBorn sign, and hauntingly dark reminders of its past - the bombed school building where Albanian was illegally taught during the war, and then the vibrant yet peaceful pedestrian core named after Mother Teresa.
Today, Kosovo is a nation of 1.9 million, half of which are under 25. There's a youthful ambience here, a safe calm. Modern, yet ancient. It is rebuilding and it's moving forward as it steps out of the shadows of its past towards a brighter future.
Historic Serbian Orthodox Church, Prizren.
While many people pass through on a limb, this country deserves your time and attention. Kosovo is a nation on the precipice of change, it needs our attention to get it there.