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  • In 1948 74 percent of all Kosovo Albanians over the age of 10 were illiterate. There were only 49 industrial enterprises in the whole of Kosovo employing only 16,000 people in 1958. Boy, this place is changing. I walked past a school today and approached the subject of education. The facilities here are poor. They have hardly any computers or equipment and the University teachers are hardly ever here because they are on strike over pay (150 Euro per month). With all this aid money being pumped into Kosovo you would have expected a little more for the Albanian people. It seems from my initial opinion that a huge amount of money gets waisted before it gets to them. There seems to be UN and KFOR soldiers everywhere, but there is no fighting. They just drive around appearing to waist money that should be going into the building of the region. Why can't the UN simply send some of them home and replace them with people we can teach and build a country? I have been surprised by the UN's money management so far. If you meet people that have been to Kosovo, don't go "oh, you're so great for helping those people", go "so, what did you actually do?". Christian told me about some Swedish guy out here that does absolutely nothing. He gets paid 5000 Euro each month and he is here to save up for his new Mercedes (his words). What pisses me off is that if I met him in a bar in Stockholm I would think he's a really cool guy for coming down here and risking his life to help others. Not anymore.

    I just saw a news article from Pristina - "Police report that two international police died at special forces HQ last night following a quarrel with each other". What? Anyway, it seams that they quarreled, one killed the other then turned the gun on himself. Meanwhile all the people from Pristina I've met have been really nice calm people. Ehm?

    Anyway, my first day with the students. 17 people that I guess have been through a lot in their lives. What a great bunch of people! I could not be more fortunate. They are keen, interested and learning very quickly. I'll put up pictures tomorrow.

    I met a man in a bar today that has set up a publishing company in Pristina. He left his wife and children to return to home from London. He has not brought his family here because of the poor education for his children. I wonder about my love for my country and what I would have done in a similar situation. He mentioned this in passing, no big deal. People here have a different perspective of life. They have been through so much and still fighting to make something. I really respect that.

    On a lighter note, a PC blew up in front of me today, something to do with a power surge. What was interesting although I guess expected was that nobody jumped. And the laugh of the morning was that the school lift has broken. It set a new record this week by working for three days before breaking again. You learn to use the stairs in Pristina.

    I went up to the TV tower block and took some photos of Pristina. The tower block on the left is the Grand Hotel where all the Journalists stayed during the war.

    The school. Probably one of the weirdest looking buildings I've ever set foot in.