I have been blessed with wonderful students at the University of Pristina. They and their families suffered so much in the 90s, and now they lead impossibly complicated lives as they juggle commitments to family and to jobs. But they still make time for MA studies and remain sweet tempered and hopeful about the future.
After our last classes, the Monday/Thursday students and the Saturday students took me to coffee, a fine old Albanian tradition. I offer these pics as proof that they like me! The ‘student’ sitting on my lap (my wife Judy) likes me most of all .
The following pictures are from various sites and Judy and I visited in and around Pristina while she was here. She even required a police escort at one point (in truth, the law officers were just as curious as she was to see what was behind the locked gate).
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Mark Lake, Educational Director for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention
Mark Lake is a fellow American in Kosova. He is the Educational Director with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. As part of his program, Lake offers English conversation courses for students at the American Corner.
I joined his class on May 2 and 9 to lead them in a discussion about Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Sexy.” For the first class, we met at their usual place, the American Corner in the National Library on the University of Pristina campus. For the gathering on the 9th, we met at local park instead because the library was closed in observance of Europe Day.
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May 2: Discussing Lahiri’s Sexy with Mark Lake’s students at the American Corner
May 9: Discussing Lahiri’s Sexy with Mark Lake’s students at a local park
Dave and I traveled today by cab about 20 minutes south of Pristina, where we found a village, Gračanica, home of the 14th-century Orthodox Christian monastery commissioned by Serbian King Milutin in 1321. It still offers services twice daily and houses an order of orthodox nuns.
I’ve attached some photos of the exterior. Photography is not allowed inside the monastery, so the images of the frescos are from Wikipedia.