Oh reverse culture shock

I once heard a singer say that one reason she loved to travel was the opportunity to look at ourselves and our own culture through new eyes. And sometimes we don’t like what we see. Here are a few things that have stood out for me… Relational –While in Bosnia, I heard ...

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Anger & Photos

At the Dutch UN base in Potočari, the soldiers left behind a number of graffiti. These range from the mundane to the crass to the outright offensive. One of the most infamous is below. Viewing these words at the base created a lot of anger in me. Anger at the soldiers, ...

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Music of Sarajevo (Part II)

This post continues with some musical highlights that we have experienced during our time in Bosnia. Enjoy… One component of rap that I’ve always loved is how meaningful the lyrics can be. Artists will use their music to tackle social issues or criticize wars or lambast politicians. And all of ...

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Music of Sarajevo (Part II)

This post continues with some musical highlights that we have experienced during our time in Bosnia. Enjoy… One component of rap that I’ve always loved is how meaningful the lyrics can be. Artists will use their music to tackle social issues or criticize wars or lambast politicians. And all of ...

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Music of Sarajevo (Part I)

There has been a number of musical highlights during our time here. So much so that I decided to split them into two blogs. Up first are clips from the 100 year WWI anniversary performance and the Balkan/Sarajevo Orchestras. To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Gabrilo Princip killing Franz Ferdinad ...

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Music of Sarajevo (Part I)

There has been a number of musical highlights during our time here. So much so that I decided to split them into two blogs. Up first are clips from the 100 year WWI anniversary performance and the Balkan/Sarajevo Orchestras. To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Gabrilo Princip killing Franz Ferdinad ...

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Pictures in place of words

Srebrenica. Potočari. Marš Mira. I do not have words yet. Two weeks ago some classmates and I participated in the Marš Mira (Peace March). It was demanding mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and probably any other –ly you can think of. I haven’t even begun to fully process the experience. So when we ...

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Pictures in place of words

Srebrenica. Potočari. Marš Mira. I do not have words yet. Two weeks ago some classmates and I participated in the Marš Mira (Peace March). It was demanding mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and probably any other –ly you can think of. I haven’t even begun to fully process the experience. So when we ...

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The 4th story

A co-worker recently told me that there are 4 stories in this country: the three ethno-national perspectives and then the truth. Deciphering between all of these and determining the 4th story can be difficult. Throughout my time in this country, I have been constantly reminded of how complex situations are here. Even ...

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Contrasting contrasts

For this blog assignment, we were instructed to contrast Bosnian and American cultures. Differences between work, food, education, politics, relationships, etc. Of course there are many differences present, but for this blog entry I want to write about the concept of contrasts itself. Most Americans seem to place a priority on ...

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