Our translator was a local Albanian speaking Kosovar whose previous stereotype of the Gorani people in Brod was that of 'savages' - the reality could not have been farther from the truth, she humbly accepted her own ignorance. This tiny village of 8,000 people hidden in the Sharr mountains is mostly likely isolated for months at a time in the winter lending to their strong community spirit and courteous curiosity of visitors.
"Panem et Circenses"
Last year the International Olympic Committee accepted Kosovo as a member and at Rio 2016 the tiny nation of less than 2 million will very likely receive at least one gold medal. Over time the perceived meritocracy of sports and entertainment will provide ample parts distraction and discipline for those seeking the glory of gold or sponsorship.
Could athletes be a solution for Kosovo? With such an adolescent population the timing is tight, both as competitors and spectators.
Sports leads to nationalism, infrastructure, sponsorship and international recognition, it may be that nation building may be founded on the backs of athletics and wifi.