The view down Mother Theresa Square, from the Swiss Diamond hotel
404 - Room not found. Made me chuckle in my nerdy way.
The "Newborn" monument, constructed when Kosovo declared their independence in 2008, being repainted with the flags of every nation that has supported their statehood world wide.
"Bad news Mister Brennan, but the President has cancelled her interview." After a 15 minute rush lighting setup in a hotel room we blagged, we get the word.
Kosovo soldiers preparing to parade for the anniversary celebrations
Two friendly Albanian gents insisted I take their picture. How could I resist?
Soldiers lining up in the frigid February wind for the celebrations
Kosovo only maintains a small military force, with a majority of their force provided by NATO countries under UN resolution 1244.
Crowds lined up to watch the parade in Mother Theresa Square, Pristinë, Kosovo
A young girl holds both a Kosovan flag, and an Albanian flag at the celebrations
From the press section, looking onto the official delegation during the parade in Pristinë, Kosovo
Me, in the press area of the parade. My expression only indicates how cold it was. It was actually quite fun to be there.
At the evening concert in Mother Theresa Square, a group of people dance in a circle around some Albanian musicians
Crowds gathering in front of the Swiss Diamond hotel for the concert. Portraits of current Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi can be seen in the background
A man wearing an Albanian scarf makes his way through the crowd
Crowds gathering to get viewpoints wherever they can to watch the concert
Crowds gathering under the Kosovo flag in Mother Theresa Square, Pristinë, Kosovo
The sign shown throughout the country to celebrate the 5th anniversary of independence
People climbed poles, trees and shelters to get a better view.
Fairy lights, Kosovan flags and Hashim Thaçi look down on the crowds
I have no idea who the man on the right with the backwards cap is, but the crowd went nuts when he walked down from the hotel.