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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A journey as thrilling as the destination…

Bosnia is full of surprises, from the wide array of flowers in many of Sarajevo’s yards to WWII significance in a torn down bridge. Perhaps the most surprising thing for me has been this abundance of diverse learning opportunities and rich history, in Sarajevo, Mostar, Neum, and more. Following several ...

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A Bridge, The Sea and Everything In Between

Adventures in Mostar! Phenomenal bridge. A bridge connects the main two sides of Mostar the Croatian and the Serbian side. And I made of purely marble which has been worn smooth as hundreds of visitors has crossed it over hundreds of years. It also hurts when you slip coming down, ...

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Let’s (Really) Talk about Suicide

In a week when two celebrities, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, died by suicide within days of each other, so did hundreds of other people in the U.S. One of them was named Flinn, a classmate of mine in high school. On Flinn’s Facebook page, an outpouring of sympathetic posts, ...

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