I hadn't actually planned to visit Kosovo this day but the friendly kids I asked for directions to central Albania sent me straight to the Kosovo border!!!
Easy crossing, usual passport and bike rego and insurance check. Then I was invited for coffee by the supervisor, so off I trot accepting bottled water instead.
I move on and stop in the first major town. Gjakova. It has an amazing bridge, I'd not seen one like this before. Since then though, I have seen several more.
I met some local lads by the bridge and they took me for coffee also. More bottled water and a visit to the loo!!
These young men, one Moslem and one Christian are good friends and their different cultures and faiths makes no difference. However they did say that they prefer not to do business with the Serbs that live in town. The town has many mosques and churches and even though it all looks a bit impoverished the people seem happy. The memory of the fighting and atrocities of 1999 will never be forgotten by them though. Not far from the bridge is the remains of the Serbian military base that was disassembled by NATO and President Clinton.
The younger of these two fellows has built himself a cafe racer from an old Honda 400 twin. From his photos he's done a brilliant job, but it's in pieces again as he had a problem with the gudgeon pin.
Both the young men regard themselves as Albanian, as many in Kosovo do. They are hoping their government will negotiate with Albania to make border crossings more seamless for them, much like the idea of the schengen group of countries in Europe.
Both ese men work in their respective family businesses. The older young man wanting to become a lawyer, but tertiary education opportunities in Kosovo are limited.