Coming home…and leaving one behind.

I’ve been trying to find the best way to effectively put into words my experience and associated feelings for my life this summer in Sarajevo.  To say it’s difficult, is a voracious understatement.  I’m brought to near tears and my heart feels full when I consider the friendships I built, ...

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We have a lot to learn

There was a war here. This seems universally agreed upon.  Hundreds of thousands of people died from all backgrounds – Muslims, Serbians, Croatians (Isn’t it interesting how we still place religious beliefs with ethnic backgrounds?).  What isn’t universally agreed upon is the genocide. In one week more than 8,000 Muslim ...

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It’s Raining Men!

I notice when I am out and about how many men there are in Sarajevo – groups of older men having coffee at the cafes, young men in groups at the local bars, and the lack of noticeable local women in the same settings.  So where do the women hang ...

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Bosnia 2015-07-15 04:21:46

My fellow DU “Sarajevoans” arrived back from the Peace March and Commemoration on Sunday, and I couldn’t have been happier to see them.  While they were gone my days were filled and yet there was an emptiness in the hostel that can only be filled with them.  I enjoy having ...

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Bosnia 2015-07-15 04:21:46

My fellow DU “Sarajevoans” arrived back from the Peace March and Commemoration on Sunday, and I couldn’t have been happier to see them.  While they were gone my days were filled and yet there was an emptiness in the hostel that can only be filled with them.  I enjoy having ...

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My cup runneth over…

Blogs are becoming harder and harder to write. So much happens in a day – new thoughts, feelings, activities…my days feel full even when they are mellow. Last weekend we had a program trip to Mostar and Kravice (cra-vee-tzeh) Falls. Mostar is beautiful and has a deep history in the war. ...

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It’s da bass, da bass

There is a beat that surrounds me. It is the bass at a nearby bar, Cheers, “Where everyone knows your name.”  Sounds familiar right?  There is also a Murphy’s Pub downstairs.  The music is a constant rhythm that I fall asleep to each night. It’s not loud and obnoxious, it’s ...

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First Impressions

Green. Lush. Bustling. Kind. Friendly. Willing. Helpful. Colorful. Historic. This city feels very international. I have heard many languages spoken as we have wandered our neighborhood.  Our hostel family is generous and friendly and the hostel building is so BIG.  It is a wonder to me that it was once ...

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