Back in the States

Ok, it’s been almost two months since I left Bosnia now. I’ve been reflecting, but not really intentionally. Every so often, something just reminds me of Bosnia. I’m trying to figure out how to relate the experience to my studies going forward. After leaving Sarajevo, I traveled for a week ...

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Life Goes On

I find strange beauty in all the hollowed out old buildings with plants spindling up inside them, beautiful, fresh, and green in contrast with the dusty, crumbling stone.  I have been noticing these sorts of buildings all over Bosnia, abandoned and destroyed during the war with only pieces of the ...

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Life Goes On

I find strange beauty in all the hollowed out old buildings with plants spindling up inside them, beautiful, fresh, and green in contrast with the dusty, crumbling stone.  I have been noticing these sorts of buildings all over Bosnia, abandoned and destroyed during the war with only pieces of the ...

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Srebrenica

I was wondering how I was going to process everything I had seen and heard about the Srebrenica genocide.  The films we watched were somewhat graphic and very intense, the stories we heard were told through tears, still fresh to the survivors even after twenty years.  This was not the ...

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Internship Reflections

My first surprise was that they only wanted me to work for four hours a day, four days a week.  I was in shock.  Only four hours a day? When I am willing and able to work up to eight?  I was prepared for a regular 9-5.  They only wanted ...

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Srebrenica and the 7/11 Memorial

On Saturday, a few of us went up to a hotel with a rooftop balcony to watch the truck carrying the remains found/identified this year of Bosnians massacred in the genocide at Srebrenica.  What a somber event, watching this truck, proudly, defiantly displaying the Bosnian flag.  Though I am not ...

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Week 3

I’ve been very impressed here by how many international cultural events there are here and how welcomed we have been at all of them.   We went to a summit on Islamophobia one day.  Scholars had come from all over Europe.  The talk we attended was held in English, but translations ...

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Internship Expectations

This week, we are writing on what surprised us most about Sarajevo.  Several things surprised me, but I suppose the one that has stood out the most this week is the completely different take on internships and what an intern is meant to do.  I was prepared to be worked ...

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First Impressions

I came into Sarajevo by bus from Zagreb which made for quite an interesting introduction to the country.  I had assumed that due to proximity and both being parts of former Yugoslavia, Croatia and Bosnia would be nearly indistinguishable.  That was not at all the case.  Immediately after the border ...

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