My name is Sarah Thibault. I am from Michigan, USA. I am a clinical social worker, but I also teach English. I have been in Kosovo since June 2011. I lived in Prishtina until recently. Now I live in Suhareka.
My impression of Kosovo is that the people are incredibly hospitable and kind. Kosovars are always willing to open their home to a friend or stranger. They cook delicious food and are always willing to give you their very best. I love also that Kosovars always have time to sit and have a cup of delicious coffee with you. My favorite foods that Kosovars make are pie with spinach (pite me spinaq) and pie with pumpkin (pite me kungull). I also love peppers with cream (speca me mazë) and stuffed peppers.
While I have seen some very beautiful places in Kosovo (I especially love the Rugova mountains near Peja), my favorite experiences in Kosovo come while visiting families and sharing a meal with them. These experiences are the most valuable for me.
There are many differences between life in the US and life in Kosovo. In some ways, life in the US is easier. It is easier to make a decent living there, especially if you have education and experience. There are many educated and talented people in Kosovo, but not enough opportunities for work. One of the biggest differences that I have noticed between the US and Kosovo is that the US is a very task-oriented culture, whereas Kosovo is a very relationship-oriented culture. This manifests itself in many different ways.
I would definitely recommend for other people to come to Kosovo. The people here are really wonderful; they are so kind and generous. I especially think it’s a great place to start a business because there are so many talented young people here who are eager to work.