Bringing it all together

After returning from Bosnia, I am left with many mixed emotions about my overall experience.  The entire summer feels like it was some sort of drawn out dream.  There were highs and lows from the 8 weeks I spent in Sarajevo.  Exploring the city with its rich history from the ...

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A picture says a thousand words

  While the images from the photo gallery at the Srebrenica memorial certainly can be said to speak for themselves much better than I could ever describe them, I will attempt to do so anyways.  Tarik Samarah’s famous photograph of a broken doll left behind at one of the mass ...

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Surviving Srebrenica

Since my arrival Bosnia, I had been feeling far removed from the war that took place over 20 years ago in the Balkan nation that is halfway across the world from my home where I have never had any close personal connections.  Sure, I remember overhearing bits and pieces of ...

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University of Denver in Bosnia 2016-07-20 10:35:11

When I accepted a summer fellowship for USAID at the American embassy in Sarajevo, I had no idea what a nightmare process the security clearance/background investigation would be.  After submitting the same forms several times over and completing three separate sets of fingerprints at the police station in Denver, I ...

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Bosnian Summer

While I did not participate in the Peace March commemorating the Srbrenica genocide this weekend due to meetings for my internship which required my attendance, I have had the chance to meet many more Bosnians and explore more of the city.  I have been able to hear many stories from ...

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Croatia vs Bosnia: A tale of two former Yugoslav Republics

After visiting Croatia, a couple of times now and spending a few weeks in Bosnia, I have taken note of some stark differences between the two former Yugoslavian nations.  Although I was initially surprised by the level of development in Bosnia, it is clear to me that the country faces ...

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The Bosnian Enigma

In my second week in Sarajevo, I am perplexed as to how life in Bosnia really works.  When I write this, I mean to say how a relatively high quality of life is sustainable whilst the unemployment rate is over 40% and the average wage is around $400 a month, ...

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Bosnia: Entry Phase & First Impressions

  Hello from Sarajevo to all who will be following my blog!  This marks the beginning of a weekly series of entries about my time in Bosnia & Herzegovina in which I will be completing a summer internship for my Master’s degree at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies ...

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