This is Only the Beginning

We have finally arrived. With endless hours of traveling and some minor complications, we have made it. The weather is beautiful, the city is spectacular, and I cannot wait to see where this next few weeks lead.  Watching the documentary, Scream for Me Sarajevo, is now one of my first memories ...

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Stories

One of my classmates told me I asked good questions the other day. I really liked hearing that- I can easily go an entire class period without raising my hand, worrying I should already know the answer, or that I don’t have a good question. But here in Bosnia, I ...

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Farewell Sarajevo

As I sit in a local tea shop writing my farewell to Sarajevo, I look around at the people going about their days. Here there is the shop owner who is personally greeting the other patrons, his apprentice working behind the counter and a man lounging in the corner with ...

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“Istina pobjeđuje”

These past weeks in Bosnia have been eye-opening and life-changing. Every time I travel I gain new perspective on the world and my place in it, but this has gone far deeper than that, opening my heart and my mind through meeting people who have survived the worst that humanity ...

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A Difficult Goodbye

The city of Sarajevo and the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina have touched my heart in ways that are difficult to express. It is the last day here and I’m in disbelief about the multitude of experiences and opportunities we have had here in two weeks. There has been incredible ...

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Beautiful People, Beautiful Bosnia

When I reflect on what has surprised me the most, I immediately think about the profound impact the people whom I have had the privilege to spend time with have had on me.  Prior to traveling to Bosnia, I would have assumed that the wounds of war would still manifest ...

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Istina Pobjeduje. The Truth Prevails.

As I sit in the Harry Potter-esque tea shop next to Hotel Kovaci contemplating the past two weeks in Bosnia, my main take away from the trip is the importance of storytelling. In class at the end of last quarter we were required to choose a “practice symbol” and mine ...

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A country’s beauty and sorrow

I have seen an abundance of water while traveling through Bosnia and Herzegovina. There is water spewing out of springs flowing from spouts in town squares, mosques, basins, and the mountain side. While hiking to Lukomir, a tiny village at the top of the mountain, there were two springs where ...

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A country’s beauty and sorrow

I have seen an abundance of water while traveling through Bosnia and Herzegovina. There is water spewing out of springs flowing from spouts in town squares, mosques, basins, and the mountain side. While hiking to Lukomir, a tiny village at the top of the mountain, there were two springs where ...

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Resilience

The people of Bosnia and Hercegovina are a testament to human resilience. Each day our class sees this in new ways. Yesterday, we visited the Tunnel of Hope that was built secretly under the airport runway in Sarajevo during the war. The Bosnian-Serb Army surrounded Sarajevo from 1992-1995. The City ...

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