The Prishtina of my youth was quite different from today, although there are a few areas and sites that remain the same. These are the places of my youth, when I and my generation were carefree, and our only worry was about what games to play next.
One such place is “Sheshi Adem Jashari”, in-between the municipal building and the Kosovo Assembly, on which you’ll find “trekëndëshi” (the triangle). The official name of the triangle is the Monument to the Heroes of the National Liberation Movement, dedicated to the fallen partisans during World War II, and the municipality officially named the square in 2010.
Built in 1961, the monument, which has another part – eight, interlinked bronze figures with stylized cubist-style bodies — has generated heated public debate. Lately, the municipality renovated the surrounding area, rehabilitating the stone slabs, installing benches, and generally beautifying the place.
In its previous life, the square was the ideal space to rollerskate: it had a smooth flooring, a vast, uninterrupted skating space, and it was generally empty on Sundays. Many knees and elbows experienced the burning pain of skin dragging and breaking open on that floor. Still, it was a thrill to skate as fast as we could manage.
If you pass by the area, do stop by and observe the surroundings. Just over 70 years ago, that whole place was part of Prishtina’s old bazar and centre.