Hello, friends! After a flight situation that had me missing my connection in Vienna to Sarajevo, I had to stay the night in Vienna before arriving to Sarajevo a day late. Everything was fine- Austrian Air put us in a great hotel, paid for our dinner and breakfast, and gave us an overnight bag that … Continue reading Graveyards
For those who have been diligently following the narrative, you know the story of the refugee crisis at least as far back as a few months, if not longer. Even those who have only been following since it made world-news headlines have a background of at least a week. The refugee crisis happening to Europe … Continue reading They Don’t Even Go Here!
After our lunch and my dessert of cantaloupe gelato, we headed back to the bus to travel to the Blagaj Tekke, or the Dervish Monastery near Mostar. This was an Islamic Sufi monastery built first before 1664 and rebuilt in 1851. We bused through the winefields of Mostar and over a river (this time its … Continue reading Blagaj Tekke: Dervish Monastery
Mostar was a special place to me during my research for Bosnia previous to coming here, and I plan to go back if possible when one of my friends arrives from DC for a week there (if my schedule allows, of course). The segments below about Mostar are from previous research, and it helped a … Continue reading Mostar
To pick up where I left off: Our hotel rooms aren’t provided with kitchens, meaning that we can’t cook the vegetables they sell here in the market. I’ve been substituting that with a ton of bananas and peaches, which are cheap and delicious, but our usual fare is any one of the millions of different … Continue reading Meeting Point
On Friday Merima, Arnela, and I went to ciglane, or the equivalent of the flea market. Here you can get things for much cheaper than in town, if you need something- everything from shoes and purses to walnuts and apricots. First though, in desperate need of vegetables, we got lunch. Though this was comparatively expensive … Continue reading Back Roads to Ciglane
After the terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad conference experience the day before, we headed from this room: To this one. Where we all recovered from our claustrophobia and cynicism with coffee and cake. Before heading to lunch, where I saw the first “salad” I have seen here. I, of course, ordered a pizza and ate the whole thing. Sometimes, … Continue reading Book Fair Shenanigans and Friends from Canada