Living on a DIY riverbed island in the mountains of Kosovo

There’s a guy who has built his own island on a riverbed at the foot of the Prokletije Mountains in Kosovo. I got his attention and he waved us across.

Let me show you…

You walk through some bushes

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You get to here

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Then you have to cross the river

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There’s this guy that lives here

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He spent 2 years making his own island on the river bed

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It’s kind of like a hotel

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It has guest beds

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and sports facilities

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A washing machine

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An ensuite bathroom

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Garden

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A place to chill

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This is where he sleeps

There’s also a fire and chimney in here

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I asked him why he’s done this and he told me to close my eyes and listen to the river. But who is this guy? he didn’t speak much English and I can’t speak any Kosovan Albanian, but from what I could understand, he’s a dentist or dental technician. He did have good teeth.

What do you reckon? would you live here?

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