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Brod is a common Slavic toponym, meaning ford. In English it is sometimes written Brood. It may refer to the following:

In Bosnia and Herzegovina:

  • Bosanski Brod, a town and municipality in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In Bulgaria:

  • Brod, a village in Haskovo Province
  • Beli Brod, a village in Vratsa Province
  • Kostinbrod, a city in Sofia Province
  • Lyutibrod, a village in Vratsa Province
  • Momin Brod, a former village, today a neighbourhood of Lom
  • Tsarev Brod, a village in Shumen Province

In Croatia:

In the Czech Republic:

  • Český Brod, city in the Okres Kolín, Czech Republic.
  • Havlíčkův Brod (formerly Německý Brod), city in the Okres Havlíčkův Brod, Czech Republic.
  • Uherský Brod, city in the Okres Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic.
  • Vyšší Brod, city in the Okres Český Krumlov, Czech Republic.
  • Železný Brod, city in the Okres Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic.

In the Republic of Macedonia:

In Poland: see Bród

In Slovakia:

  • Čierny Brod, a municipality in the Okres Galanta, Slovakia.
  • Kráľov Brod, a municipality in the Okres Galanta, Slovakia.
  • Krásny Brod, a municipality in the Okres Medzilaborce, Slovakia.

In Slowenia:

See also


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Europe : Balkans : Kosovo : Brod

Brod is a village in Kosovo.

One of the 'streets' in Brod
One of the 'streets' in Brod

Brod is populated by the Gorani people. The gorani have a total population of roughly 50,000 people. They are primarily sheep and cattle herders but also have a cartel network of desert/sweet shops. They live in a very geographically small mountainous area of the most southern part of Kosovo, in and near the city of Dragash just south of Prizren.

The Gorani have their own language, which is a Torlakian Slavic language, related to Serbian and Macedonian, with Albanian and Turkish loanwords.

The village of Brod has a population of perhaps 8,000 people. It lies in a high mountain valley/ravine. It has a rough elevation of 1200 meters but the mountains above it reach 2200 meters. As the people have been living and herding cattle there for hundreds and hundreds of years the surrounding mountains are completely over grazed and deforrested (in a beautiful way). Due to this, in order for the people to have some means of heating in the winter they pack the manure from their cattle and goats on the sides of their houses so that it will dry. Fortunately most of the manure is dry, so the village doesn't smell.

The building materials for the houses are all taken from the immediate area, so everything is made out of mountain rocks. Several mountain springs run throught the village on their way down to the flat plains of Kosovo.

Brod is spectacular!

Get in

From Prizren take a combi to Dragaš. From Dragaš you will either have to take a taxi (for probably a lot of money) or start walking. The hike to Brod is about 8 km up a small road. Ask a local which way to go. If you hitch hike, the first or second car will probably pick you up, although cars only pass once every 30 minutes.

Get around

By horse of course

See

It is worth your while to just walk around the town and see what it is like. It is completely unique.

Riding on a mule up the canyon to the Gorani pasture. Brod lies down below at the mouth of this canyon
Riding on a mule up the canyon to the Gorani pasture. Brod lies down below at the mouth of this canyon
  • Take a horse ride up into the mountains

Ask the locals if they will take you for either a one day or overnight horse trip up to their pastures in the mountains. They should charge you only 10 EUR per person plus food for the adventure. You'll end up on a mule going through some of the most beautiful nature you'll ever have the opportunity to see in your life.

Buy

Possibly you could buy a sheep or goat

Eat

Have the guy at the one pub in Brod serve you up something.

Drink

There is one pub in the whole town. If you're lucky there will be a game of bingo going on. Its men only (at least as far as locals go) and they all claim they are muslim and don't drink but wait until they get away from their wives up in the pasture.

Sleep

Ask the locals for a place to stay. Somebody will put you up for the night (at a cost, probably 10 EUR).

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