|About Operation Kosovo||
Daily Trip Report - July 10, 2003
There really are a lot of young people around - you see them walking all times of the day (and night), often in groups. Tim and I had a few drinks last night at this one outdoor / indoor bar. Even though it was Wednesday, the bar was packed! Apparently, bars are like that every night here. With only a few exceptions, the people dressed fairly similarly to how you'd expect them to dress in a US bar.
People are pretty friendly and very pro-American here. They have all of these billboards up around the city celebrating our July 4 Independence Day holiday. There's also a Bill Clinton street. Apparently, his wife, Senator Hillary Clinton, is trying to establish a $30 million investment fund for Kosovo. Perhaps someday, there will be a Hillary Clinton street somewhere in Pristina too. I wonder if they would intersect...
of entrepreneurs we met with today were pretty impressive - they stressed
that most of their countrymen need to learn to improve their work ethics
and focus on customer service. Also, it seems like a couple of promising
ideas for businesses are: an accounting / audit firm, a law firm, a collection
agency, and a bar where one can hold foam parties.
Meeting w/ CEO Bujar Musa of IPKO to discuss current projects of IPKO as well as incubator program. Meeting went extremely well. Nicole and I cut out around 1145 to go and meet w/ Chamber of Advocates to obtain information relative to the formation of a law firm (fees, regs, etc.). However, there was confusion with regards to the time of the meeting so the woman whom we were supposed to meet with was in court. Then Nicole and I had lunch w/ Arben. After that we met at Hotel Victory and had a very good meeting with Avni Selmani, the owner. Discussed his startup, current economic issues surrounding Kosovo, possibilities for expansion, etc. Then went to Hotel Baci to discuss days events and have Machiato. Then had dinner with Dastide, Luan, Ardian, and Leke. Discussed following issues:
Yesterday the four of us met to discuss some meeting times. We set up a meeting with the Chamber of Advocates & Lirije Osmani.
My first impressions: It is so beautiful here in the summer. The garbage that covered the streets in January has been cleaned up so that Pristina now looks like any other slighty dirty town in America. ALso, the air pollution is almost non-existent - which is awesome. The weather is perfect, about 70 and no humidity. I'm glad I saw it in the winter first because I am better able to appreciate how beautiful it looks now!
been any power outtages. The water comes and goes.
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