The Rhythms of Life: Drenoc

One of our jammers’ impressions of Drenoc, where they’ve been volunteering for two weeks on the kulla restoration project.

The Runaway Bunny

As I write this I’m sitting in the communal living room of an 18th century kulla, a traditional Ottoman-Albanian tower-house, in the small historical village of Drenoc in the west of Kosovo. The “guest room,” as they call it, is a large elegant space in the top floor of the tower, with a perimeter of sheepskin cushions for sitting on. The floor is covered in red woven carpets, while the datk wooden beams of the ceiling add to the cozy atmosphere.


The shoes come off at the door, so we’ve all padded softly up here in socks and house slippers. Our hosts have explained that this room was the traditional cultural hub of village life – the place where disputes were settled, business deals struck, and marriages arranged – while Turkish coffee stimulated the mind and eased conversation.


This is where we’ve come to work for two weeks. The magnificent…

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About Jamie Donahoe

Happy being busy; busy being happy. Serial traveler, voracious reader, bountiful baker, blogger and techie volunteer.
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