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Notes on the Geography of Kosovo: Ferizaj

Call it "Ferizeye."

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Main street.

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Public library--but that's very recent; it's about the oldest building in town and was erected by the Turks as the city hall.

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Railway tracks, with plenty of memories for local Albanians, who remember having to flee only a few years ago from here to Macedonia.

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Revenge: a Serb home.

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More.

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More.

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Juxtaposition of church and mosque--the first deserted, the second serving a population that wears Islam lightly.

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The apartments look modern, but they lack central heating.  Hence the wood pile, which keeps one room in each apartment marginally warm. 

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Merchants find ways around insecure power supplies.

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They seek the usual international icons.

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They copy them when necessary.

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Ask them, and they say that they want Kosovo to join the United States. 

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Elementary school.

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Classroom.

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Bare bones.


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