Vilhelm Rothe @vilhelmr

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Slowly Globetrekking. I now dream more of running away, than I ever did as a child.

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Berat Fortress covers the entire top of the hill in the middle of the city, and is still an active neighbourhood populated by hundreds of people. It was built by the Ottomans, roughly in the same style throughout, and gives a formidable position over the surrounding area. We stayed in a hotel up here, and though it was a chore to walk up and down the hill, it was magical to wake up in a 16th century Ottoman fortress (not to mention that the guesthouse here was the best place we stayed in the entire trip). #albania #albanian #shqiptar #shqiperia #balkan #balkans #berat #ottoman #ottomanempire #fortress #beratfortress #castle #beratcastle
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Berat Fortress covers the entire top of the hill in the middle of the city, and is still an active neighbourhood populated by hundreds of people. It was built by the Ottomans, roughly in the same style throughout, and gives a formidable position over the surrounding area. We stayed in a hotel up here, and though it was a chore to walk up and down the hill, it was magical to wake up in a 16th century Ottoman fortress (not to mention that the guesthouse here was the best place we stayed in the entire trip). #albania #albanian #shqiptar #shqiperia #balkan #balkans #berat #ottoman #ottomanempire #fortress #beratfortress #castle #beratcastle

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We arrived in Berat after Prizren, changing the warm mountains of the north with the even warmer mountains of the south. Berat is on a mountaintop, and we had to walk all the way up from the bus station, carrying backpacks in the sweltering heat, while sheep grazed lazily in the shade. #albania #albanian #shqiptar #shqiperia #balkan #balkans #berat #sheep #graze #shade #mountains #heat
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We arrived in Berat after Prizren, changing the warm mountains of the north with the even warmer mountains of the south. Berat is on a mountaintop, and we had to walk all the way up from the bus station, carrying backpacks in the sweltering heat, while sheep grazed lazily in the shade. #albania #albanian #shqiptar #shqiperia #balkan #balkans #berat #sheep #graze #shade #mountains #heat

Prizren is the second biggest city of Kosovo and known as it's cultural capital. But aside from some funny chance encounters with locals, including a hilariously inept attempt to take an embroidered cloth down from a display in a church, Prizren kind of fell flat, which in particular speaks to the strength of the rest of the country. I was saddened to leave Kosovo, it had been a delicious destination that prodded my sense of curiosity without cessation. #kosova #kosovar #balkan #balkans #prizren #view #viewpoint #river #city #sunset
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Prizren is the second biggest city of Kosovo and known as it's cultural capital. But aside from some funny chance encounters with locals, including a hilariously inept attempt to take an embroidered cloth down from a display in a church, Prizren kind of fell flat, which in particular speaks to the strength of the rest of the country. I was saddened to leave Kosovo, it had been a delicious destination that prodded my sense of curiosity without cessation. #kosova #kosovar #balkan #balkans #prizren #view #viewpoint #river #city #sunset

Walking around Prizren looking for a famous church, we came across this motorcycle mechanic, who invited us to a cup of tea (each) and regaled is with the stories (I assume) in Albanian. He was Prizren born and bred, seemed to take great pride in his city, showed us his workshop and his German Shepherd. #kosova #kosovar #balkan #balkans #prizren #mechanic #smoke #smoking #craftsman
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Walking around Prizren looking for a famous church, we came across this motorcycle mechanic, who invited us to a cup of tea (each) and regaled is with the stories (I assume) in Albanian. He was Prizren born and bred, seemed to take great pride in his city, showed us his workshop and his German Shepherd. #kosova #kosovar #balkan #balkans #prizren #mechanic #smoke #smoking #craftsman

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The Sinan Pasha Mosque in Prizren is a sight to behold. The first time we came by a prayer was underway, and stayed just inside the entrance, curious about just went on. Bedlam apparently, children running around between the worshipers, people gossiping in the corners, and people coming and going in the middle of prayers. It was interesting though, and no one ever made us feel unwelcome. #kosova #kosovar #balkan #balkans #prizren #mosque #sinan #pasha #sinanpasha #sinanpashamosque
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The Sinan Pasha Mosque in Prizren is a sight to behold. The first time we came by a prayer was underway, and stayed just inside the entrance, curious about just went on. Bedlam apparently, children running around between the worshipers, people gossiping in the corners, and people coming and going in the middle of prayers. It was interesting though, and no one ever made us feel unwelcome. #kosova #kosovar #balkan #balkans #prizren #mosque #sinan #pasha #sinanpasha #sinanpashamosque

How many cathedrals do you know, that are under construction? On Boulevard Bill Clinton (not far from his statue), the Cathedral of Blessed Mother Teresa is under construction, and will open in September of this year, after nine years underway. We poked our heads in and had a look around, talked with a nun who let me known that though born in Macedonia, Mother Teresa's parents were Kosovar. #kosova #kosovar #balkan #balkans #pristina #prishtina #pristine #pristinë #cathedral #mother #teresa #motherteresa #construction #underconstruction #church #christianity #catholic #missionary #nun
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How many cathedrals do you know, that are under construction? On Boulevard Bill Clinton (not far from his statue), the Cathedral of Blessed Mother Teresa is under construction, and will open in September of this year, after nine years underway. We poked our heads in and had a look around, talked with a nun who let me known that though born in Macedonia, Mother Teresa's parents were Kosovar. #kosova #kosovar #balkan #balkans #pristina #prishtina #pristine #pristinë #cathedral #mother #teresa #motherteresa #construction #underconstruction #church #christianity #catholic #missionary #nun

Sitting outside the Sultan Mehmet Fatih mosque in Pristina, I don't think there was a problem these men couldn't solve. I mean, one of them even has a pocket watch on a chain (the pocket watch featured the USS Constitution). Everyone is so warm and welcoming here, never is shadow thrown. Nearby we found a bakery serving the most delicious spinach and cheese pies 🤤. #kosova #kosovar #balkan #balkans #pristina #prishtina #pristine #pristinë #mosque #arguing #debating #old #men #oldmen
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Sitting outside the Sultan Mehmet Fatih mosque in Pristina, I don't think there was a problem these men couldn't solve. I mean, one of them even has a pocket watch on a chain (the pocket watch featured the USS Constitution). Everyone is so warm and welcoming here, never is shadow thrown. Nearby we found a bakery serving the most delicious spinach and cheese pies 🤤. #kosova #kosovar #balkan #balkans #pristina #prishtina #pristine #pristinë #mosque #arguing #debating #old #men #oldmen

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Kosovo has been under a plethora of influences, including Ottoman, which has left it with this gorgeous bazaar in the best Turkish style. It's in the centre of the old town, and just oozes with charm and character. Interestingly, there's no meat here, only vegetables, yoghurt and cheese. We came here early in the morning, waiting for museums and mosques to open, but the bazaar was probably the best thing we saw in Pristina. #kosovo #kosova #kosovar #balkan #balkans #pristina #prishtina #pristine #pristinë #market #bazar #bazaar #oldtown #vegetables #fruit
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Kosovo has been under a plethora of influences, including Ottoman, which has left it with this gorgeous bazaar in the best Turkish style. It's in the centre of the old town, and just oozes with charm and character. Interestingly, there's no meat here, only vegetables, yoghurt and cheese. We came here early in the morning, waiting for museums and mosques to open, but the bazaar was probably the best thing we saw in Pristina. #kosovo #kosova #kosovar #balkan #balkans #pristina #prishtina #pristine #pristinë #market #bazar #bazaar #oldtown #vegetables #fruit

Kosovo has been surprising at every turn, clean and orderly, many people speak English, rich cultural heritage, and the most delicious of food (truly sumptuous), all on the first day. As we arrived in the capital, people flicked out to the broad main pedestrian street, talking over tea, traditional street snacks, and the mild weather everyone here has been hoping for. Can't wait to see what else Kosovo will bring. #kosovo #kosova #kosovar #balkan #balkans #pristina #prishtina #snack #streetfood #pristine #pristinë
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Kosovo has been surprising at every turn, clean and orderly, many people speak English, rich cultural heritage, and the most delicious of food (truly sumptuous), all on the first day. As we arrived in the capital, people flicked out to the broad main pedestrian street, talking over tea, traditional street snacks, and the mild weather everyone here has been hoping for. Can't wait to see what else Kosovo will bring. #kosovo #kosova #kosovar #balkan #balkans #pristina #prishtina #snack #streetfood #pristine #pristinë

Continuing around Kosovo in small bites of 30 minute busrides, we visited more Serbian Orthodox Monasteries, including the Patriachate of Peć.  The 14th century frescos here weren't quite as good as in Visoki Ducani, but the place felt much more calm and relaxed, probably because it wasn't behind barbed wire guarded by Italian NATO soldiers. Following the Kosovo War in 1998, most Serbians have fled Kosovo, or are living in separate districts or villages. #kosovo #kosova #kosovar #balkan #balkans #patriachate #pec #péc #peje #pejë #patriachateofpeje #serbian #orthodox #serbianorthodox #monastery #church
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Continuing around Kosovo in small bites of 30 minute busrides, we visited more Serbian Orthodox Monasteries, including the Patriachate of Peć. The 14th century frescos here weren't quite as good as in Visoki Ducani, but the place felt much more calm and relaxed, probably because it wasn't behind barbed wire guarded by Italian NATO soldiers. Following the Kosovo War in 1998, most Serbians have fled Kosovo, or are living in separate districts or villages. #kosovo #kosova #kosovar #balkan #balkans #patriachate #pec #péc #peje #pejë #patriachateofpeje #serbian #orthodox #serbianorthodox #monastery #church

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We left Valbonë Valley by way of Kosovo where we'll stay for a few days. Our first stop was at the Visoki Decani Monastery, a Serbian Orthodox outpost in a predominantly Albanian Muslim country. The monastery is populated by 25 monks, who guard this gorgeous cultural treasure from the 14th century, the inside of which is covered in equally old frescoes from floor to ceiling. #kosovo #kosova #kosovar #balkan #balkans #visokidecani #visokidečani #serbian #orthodox #serbianorthodox #monastery #church
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We left Valbonë Valley by way of Kosovo where we'll stay for a few days. Our first stop was at the Visoki Decani Monastery, a Serbian Orthodox outpost in a predominantly Albanian Muslim country. The monastery is populated by 25 monks, who guard this gorgeous cultural treasure from the 14th century, the inside of which is covered in equally old frescoes from floor to ceiling. #kosovo #kosova #kosovar #balkan #balkans #visokidecani #visokidečani #serbian #orthodox #serbianorthodox #monastery #church

Alif the Shepherd had just brought back his sheep to pasture when I had finished my lunch. The quiet after packing away the leftovers allowed me to hear the braying sheep, and I walked in that direction until I found Alif's mountain sanctuary (he seemed to find peace here, he seemed to love his sheep). #albania #albanian #shqiptar #shqiperia #balkan #balkans #valbon #valbone #valbonë #valbona #blossom #hike #hiking #nationalpark #valley #valbonëvalley #valbonavalley #mountains #mountain #sheep #pasture
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Alif the Shepherd had just brought back his sheep to pasture when I had finished my lunch. The quiet after packing away the leftovers allowed me to hear the braying sheep, and I walked in that direction until I found Alif's mountain sanctuary (he seemed to find peace here, he seemed to love his sheep). #albania #albanian #shqiptar #shqiperia #balkan #balkans #valbon #valbone #valbonë #valbona #blossom #hike #hiking #nationalpark #valley #valbonëvalley #valbonavalley #mountains #mountain #sheep #pasture

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