Kosovo is a new European country which, in turn, makes me a young European. This is why my country decided to go with a campaign to promote its population as the “young Europeans” some years ago. This sounds great and the ad looks lovely; all those happy faces of youngsters, working hard and looking so optimistic. However, in reality, it’s hard to feel like one young European.
Do I feel like a young European?
However, in reality, it’s hard for us to feel like young Europeans.
Plenty of people I’ve met during my travels have had no idea where Kosovo is located. Many of them put it somewhere in Russia, or even Africa. Another bunch of them had never ever met a Kosovo citizen (I was their “sample”). There are many prejudices I see in people’s faces, how they react when I tell them I’m from Kosovo. The world doesn’t picture us as young Europeans, and to some extent they’re right.
How can we be young Europeans when it’s so difficult for us to visit European countries and get to know their culture and values. For instance, if I want to visit an EU country this month, I should have scheduled a visa appointment in January or February. I don’t have the possibility of just hopping on a bus/train, going to the airport and taking off to someplace. And this makes it harder for us (Kosovo citizens) to feel Europeans and for Europeans to see who we are. There’s a lot of question marks I’ve noticed in people’s heads over things, the situation, culture, religion, language and what now of Kosovo and we should be able to answer those questions ourselves and now have people form their opinions based on what they hear or read in who-knows-what media.
In addition, Kosovo is many times “expelled” when Balkans Tours are organized from different tour companies. So even when tourists visit this part of the planet they are not being shown the whole picture. One of the Lego pieces is missing, hence all the prejudice, hatred, and fear.
Using technology to promote the young European’s country – Kosovo
The best way I’ve found to promote my country and who we are is via social media and this blog. I’m glad I could convince few people so far to visit Kosovo. I’ve shared my recommendations on what to visit and where to stay/eat/drink with them (by emphasizing that Kosovo is safe – which is always a concern of people contacting me).
Read my short guide on what you should know before visiting Kosovo and if you still have questions, shoot me a message!