Adventures in Deltiology

Do people still send postcards these days…?

Pristina-May19

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Hey Craig, “mirëmëngjes,” from Prishtina, Kosovo. Doing a small trip to the balkans. Ran the Skopje marathon on Sat (great fun) and off to Sofia tomorrow. Went to a festival yesterday, a trip of extremes!
see you soon. Andrew
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Prishtinë: Biblioteka Kombëtare / (c) foto PEPA/Pejë / Photo: V. Begolli

Postmark: 8 May 2019 Prishtinë
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It’s been a year since my last post, which has taken me by surprise. In that time I have moved home – twice! This postcard, which I received this week, is the first in my latest flat and my first ever from Kosovo.

One of the most travelled of my friends is Andrew, whose many trips overseas are usually timed to coincide with a marathon or two. No exception here, as Andrew writes to tell me he’s just finished the Skopje marathon on this traipse around eastern Europe. This is the seventh card from Andrew I’ve added to the site and I think they’ve all been marathon related. We’re the same age but that’s about all we have in common – when I see his bracketed note “great fun’ after the word “marathon” it still confuses me. We worked together for many years in London before I upped sticks and moved back home to the Cumbria. I’m glad I’m still in his address book even if it’s been too too long since we saw each other face-to-face.

The postcard shows the Biblioteka Kombëtare (The National Library of Kosovo), designed by Croatian architect Andrija Mutnjaković and opened in 1982. A not uncontroversial building it echoes both Byzantine and Islamic elements in its numerous domes as well as a brutalist aspect. In the 1990s, during wartime, the building held refugees and also served as a command centre for the Yugoslav army. It now houses collections celebrating the heritage of Kosovo and is itself part of the nation’s story.

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