Kosovo, sometimes referred to as Kosovo and Metohija, is a region in southeastern Europe and for the past week or so, I've been in Kosovo's capital Pristina.
Besides being a fanatic of Ganttic, I also have a few, so-called, extra curricular activities, and one of them is volunteering for different causes close to my heart. By chance just one of these volunteer jobs landed me an event in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo.
As some of you might know, Kosovo's past has been nothing short of hard, but the people have endured and now the country is rebuilding itself. Kosovo is the Serbian neuter possessive adjective of kos (кос) "blackbird", an ellipsis for Kosovo Polje, 'blackbird field', the site of the 1389 Battle of Kosovo Field. The name of the field was applied to an Ottoman province created in 1864. The country is landlocked and is bordered by the Republic of Macedonia to the south, Albania to the west and Montenegro to the northwest. The remaining line of demarcation is the subject of controversy — seen by proponents of Kosovar independence as the Kosovo-Serbia border and seen by opponents of the independence as the boundary between Central Serbia and an autonomous Kosovo, both within Serbia, the largest city and the capital of Kosovo being Pristina as I mentioned. (Wikipedia)
About me being in Kosovo
The reason I'm here has nothing to do with
Kosovos's history, politics nor money, but (believe it or not) cleaning
the world of garbage. Namely, I'm a member of an international civic movement
called "Let's Do It World".
The movement was born in 2008 in a little country of Northern Europe – Estonia (the same country Ganttic was born in, btw). 50.000 people came together to get rid of 10.000 tons of illegal garbage from roadsides, forests and towns, cleaning the entire country in just 5 hours. (letsdoitworld.org)
Granted, Estonia's territory is only 45,227 sq km (17,413 sq mi), but regardless of that, the movement attracted enough attention, that in just 5 years, the number of participating countries is around 110 and the number of volunteers, and astonishing 9 million around the globe. And to be even better at what we do, the movement has annual conferences and this year's conference is taking place in Kosovo's capital Pristina. Just so you know, as Kosovo became independent in just 2008, this is one of the biggest international events this country has hosted.
Time to get busy
The conference will begin tomorrow, on the 6th of February, but our team has been making smaller and bigger arrangements for the past five days, working closely together with the locals. The whole idea of "Let's Do It World" is not to make money, nor fortify someone's power, but to spread the word of the need for a cleaner world, better world, done by ourselves.
Our stay has so far, been great! The
weather has been great - blues skies and sunshine from morning until the
afternoon, friendly people, very good food, fish especially. The latter is kind
of funny, keeping in mind the country is no where near a sea, but regardless,
the locals know their stuff.
So should you sometimes have the time or interest, pop in and say hello. I'm sure you'll be greeted with joy. Faleminderit!*
By George Zhordania
*"thank you" in Albanian