25.06.2011 - 26.06.2011
It was time to leave the beautiful Montenegro and enjoy a more unusual travel destination: Kososvo. Declared independant in 2008 but not yet universally recognized, the travel advice fr Kosovo was negative and our insurance wouldn't cover us. However, we were not put off and with some extra insurance bought we happily crossed the mountain-pass border.
We headed for Pec (Peja) and soon found ourselves riding through a beautiful gorge. Here we found a quaint Motel; we preferred the beauty of nature rather than the hustle and bustle or a town. Although we did head into town for a little bit, we spent most of our day enjoying the gorge: the fabulous riding experience, magnificent views and pure serenity.
After a very comfortable stay and unexpected morning (the motel was shooting a promotional video so the place was full with equiptment, people, and young girls in traditional dress) we rode to Prizren, further south. We stopped for a coffee but decided to continue riding as it was very busy due to a festival. As we headed out of the main square, we were stopped by the police for a 2nd time: we had parked illigally and had to pay the fine. Luckily, after discovering we had come from the UK the conversation soon changed to football and we were let off with a warning.
I'm not sure what I expcted Kosovo to be like but have realized that it is a lovely little country with lots of natural beauty and friendly inhabitants. Although a poor country, other places have seemed much worse off as Kosovo is working towards a brighter future. A visit is certainly recommended, before you know it this little gem will be taken over by tourism and commercialism.