The People Make the Place

Traveling to new places is always full of rich experiences, but for me, the most meaningful experiences are usually the conversations I have and the connections I make with people along the way. Language, however, can either facilitate connection or make it more challenging. Throughout the last few days, I ...

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Mostar & Neum

We took a break from the bustling city of Sarajevo and travelled to the beautiful city of Neum. On the way there, we stopped in Mostar to admire the Stari Most (Old Bridge). The bridge was destroyed during the war but has since been restored to support the many tourists ...

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Lukomir

The visit to Lukomir: We took an ecotour to the town of Lukomir today. It was called the “Three Generations Tour” because we met with three generations of a family who live in and/or are from there. I would say the visit to Lukomir was what I was most looking ...

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Heart and Hearth

It does not take long once we leave Sarajevo on our way to the coastal town of Neum via Mostar to become completely lost in the country’s natural beauty. Driving along the winding road that climbs and falls along the contours carved by the Neretva River, we are treated to ...

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Hospitality 101

I am truly stuck by the beauty of this country. I’m not sure what I was expecting in terms of landscapes and scenery, but it has just been blowing me away. Everywhere is so hilly, green and lush. I feel like every time we go somewhere new, I’m even more ...

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Kindness and Surprises

Shortly after learning about the history of Bosnia and in particular about the Bosnian War, I would have assumed that the majority of people affected by the war would be bitter and angry, and that this attitude would carry into their everyday lives. I could not have been more wrong. ...

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Marble, Salt, Sheep

These past few days have taken us through Mostar, Neum, and Lukomir. My initial view from flying into the Sarajevo airport was orange roofs in pockets between mountains. Traveling between these cities has given me some sense of the diversity of Bosnian settlements, city to city and coast to mountaintop. ...

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Thoughts from Bosnia

On 13 June we went to the University of Sarajevo to hear from professors from the Faculty of Political Sciences that was organized by Sanela Sadic of the Sarajevo School of Social Work. It was a great opportunity to visit a foreign campus and talk to other professors about family ...

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From the Coast to the Mountains

These last couple days have proved to be as interesting, challenging and unique as the beginning. I have learned to expect the unexpected in Bosnia, and that adaptation to changes is something that really must be embraced. We had the opportunity to spend a day and night on the coast ...

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Got Water?

In the last blog post I reflected on being sad about the state of Bosnian politics and history, but since then I have had a change in perspective. The world is not black and white, nor are countries. As I’ve grown and matured as a person and as a social ...

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