I first heard about the most heroic nun of the Balkans, Mother Teresa, when I came to Prishtina. I found her story quite powerful. She was born into a Kosovar Albanian family in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia. She decided to commit herself to a religious life and at 18 she left home to join the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland, where she learned English, in 1928. One year later, she went to India and helped the poor and disadvantaged there for nearly twenty years. She started an open-air school for slum children.
This Nobel prize winner woman gives me inspiration and reminds me of how a person with a golden heart can touch so many lives. Her statue is surrounded by trees and plants right in front of Dukagjini Bookstore where I often pick up a book and sit next to Mother Teresa and read the first pages in peace. It is also a spot for many locals to freshen up.
It is on Bulevardi Nënë Tereza (Sheshi) across the Swiss Diamond Hotel.