I was in Pristina over the weekend and had a chance to wander through this street fair. I previously posted about the Pristina Bazaar, which is like an expanded farmer’s market. In comparison, clothing and rugs were sold at this fair.
I LOVED this handmade, wool rug. It was 120 Euro, which I think is very reasonable. While I have bought or been given a few little trinkets I’ll keep to remember my time in Kosovo, I’d really like a larger conversation piece for my home someday. (A “pièce de résistance,” as the French would say.)
“Oh,” I’ll tell visitors to my home, with my eyes getting misty, “I bought that in Kosovo when I was serving in the Peace Corps.”
I think I could bring a rolled-up rug with me on an airplane. The problem is, I’ll already have about 100 lbs. of luggage to wrangle when I leave Kosovo.
I walked by the tent several times to gaze longingly at *my* rug … 🙂
A day later, I saw the following music video on tv. I thought it was cool because the singers and dancers are wearing traditional clothing. The video is an interesting blend of old and new (and appears to have been filmed somewhere in the Balkans).
I didn’t know the name of the video (it’s Hatixhe, a woman’s name) so I texted my teaching counterpart for help in finding it online. She’s really good at that. I’ll be like, “What’s the video with blahty-blah?” and she’ll know exactly what I am talking about.
If you’d like to see some other music videos, here are links to other posts I’ve written:
My sister asked the following questions for this week’s video:
What hobbies do you have besides reading and crocheting? Are those your favorite things to do? (0:18)
Is there something you want to learn (craft-wise) while you’re there? (0:46)
How do you spend your days when you’re not teaching? (1:04)
Is there a crochet project you have in mind to do next? (1:15)
How have your feelings about being in Kosovo/Peace Corps changed over the last 9 months? (1:37)
What have you gotten used to that was a big adjustment for you? (2:10)
What adjustments are you still struggling with? (2:56)
If you could change something about your time there, what would it be? (If you could change anything, no questions asked, your wish is granted.) (3:36)
Is there something you would have changed when you arrived but don’t feel that way anymore? (4:10)
What has been your favorite thing about living in Kosovo? (4:47)
After watching this video, I realized I said “um” a bunch of times. I thought about re-recording, but laziness prevailed. Maybe I’ll practice my public speaking skills and try to do better next time. 😛