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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And so it begins

“Oh, Bosnia? That’s cool. So, you got all your shots? Cuz I heard that’s pretty important when you’re traveling in Africa!” I swear I had this conversation with more than one –-and a slightly different version with more than 2…Americans… before coming to Bosnia for this incredible opportunity. Looking back, ...

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the first few days.

Day 1. I arrived in the afternoon along with two other students. Sladjana and our wonderful driver helped us get our bags into the van and we took off for the hotel. The windy roads and the large van didn’t seem like the best match but our driver successfully and ...

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First impressions in Sarajevo

I mentally prepared myself for the class trip to Bosnia by reading as much as I could about the history and culture there, and anticipating that witnessing the remnants of the Bosnian War would be tough to digest, as well as listening to first hand accounts of the experiences of ...

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First Impressions

First Impressions of Bosnia It’s hard to describe Bosnia because there is so much to take in. To start, it’s a feast for the eyes. The City of Sarajevo is bright and alive, an orange gemstone of terracotta tiled rooftops nestled within a setting of deep green forested mountains. The ...

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Sarajevo: Resistance and Resilience

I’ve been sitting here, on the patio of Hotel Kovaci, for at least an hour, trying to wrap my head around everything I’ve seen, experienced and felt since arriving in Sarajevo. Sometimes words are not enough. War, for many people, is nothing more than a concept—something that happens in other ...

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Can You See?

Some things are worth reiterating. Can you see? This oft-repeated question from our tour guide Jadranka was, it seems to me, filled with a certain weight and a meaning that does more than simply draw our attention to the stunning scene that is Sarajevo. Of course, there is much to ...

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First impressions

  In my true fashion, I arrived before everyone else at the hotel (being late makes me panick-y, ok?) It was nice to be able to settle in without having to worry about holding anyone up or feeling rushed. This also meant that I was able to walk around and ...

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