Three years later, Peace Lab returned to Kosovo in person. From 14-24 June this qualitative research methods fieldwork class traveled to Prishtina, Prizren, Mitrovice and Albania to listen and try to understand the different perspectives of this post-conflict area. In 2020 and 2021 I conducted the class online, but now we heard the calls to prayer and blackbirds, smelled the macchiatos, felt the warm breeze as evenings cooled, tasted sweet tomatoes and onions and saw the faces of all those who welcomed us warmly: the kindness of strangers.
In the next weeks the students will be writing about their experiences and their projects as we studied peacebuilding, peacekeeping and peacemaking. We came home two days ago after Austrian Airlines cancelled our flights so we had to leave at 4:45 Saturday morning instead of Friday at noon. But that's ok. We've learned to be FLEXIBLE. And it is a great class.
So please do read our blog every day and follow our travels. What an adventure we had!