Back to the land of power cuts. Despite staying in a smart (for Kosovo) hotel which should be paying its electricity bills and so on the A list (no power cuts), this evening over dinner, the lights went out. It seemed the generator didn't start immediately. A nice touch was the small tea light with a paper bag round it to give off a gentle glow.
Still, in the Hotel Luxor, I have a big double room with a balcony overlooking the hillside, a large bathroom and proper shower (not like Greece or Britain) and German TV, all for 45 Euros a night. It is out of town, that is the only snag, and once you get out there, you don't feel like going back. That is fine this week since I am working a double shift: social action plan by day and oil stocks by night.
Each place has its own version of English for the menu and this place is no exception. Baked chicken meat or cosset lung with balsamigo vinegar. Cosset (some sort of meat, but by a process of elimination, definitely not pork, beef or chicken) figures quite often on the house menu. Not sure I am brave enough to want to try anything's lung.
Everyone says nothing has changed in Pristina, but to me coming back, I was struck by what seemed like the growth in universities. There was always the American University, but on my detour from the airport to the hotel via the back of Pristina, where I don't usually go, I am sure I saw the University ABB (named to come first in the yellow pages?) and the American-European University. Then next to the hotel is the big new campus of AUK, the American University of Kosovo. If I could sit on my balcony (no chairs, and raining anyway) I am sure I could benefit from the university wireless connection to the internet. It comes up tantalisingly when I put my laptop near the window, but not strong enough to connect. Intermittently there are a surprising number of wireless options, but most are security enabled, unlike home in Oxford. I am back to the one dial up connection in the hotel, so I am glad of Windows Live Writer to write this on.tags: kosovo, pristina, power cuts, menu English