Hvala Vam Puno, Bosnia

I’ve been back in Colorado for over a week during which I have had time to decompress and consider what the entirety of the experience has meant to me. One of the main reasons I decided to go to Bosnia in the first place, is that I prefer travel that ...

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Marš Mira (Peace March): 2017… Never Forget

This hike was unlike any other… because it was not a hike; it was a march to bear witness to the atrocities committed in 1995 that took the lives of 8372 people in just 6 days. My thoughts have not fully come together to create my takeaways from this pilgrimage ...

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Remembering Srebrenica through Marš Mira

Day 1: We left our guest house early in the morning to catch the bus from Srebrenica to Nezuk. As we waited to depart more and more people joined us on the bus, everyone from small 6-8-year-old boys and girls to elderly men and women. We set off around 5 ...

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2017 Peace March Reflection

One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of the past few days and the 2017 Peace March is overwhelmingly trivial in the context of the event – feet; how I wish I’d prioritized the weight of my heavy duty Vasque boots in my checked bag ...

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Marš Mira

After 3 days and roughly 60 miles of trekking through exposed sun and mine fields, mass graves and rural villages, we ended our journey in Potočari. A place where just over 20 years ago, thousands of men and boys escaped into the hills in effort to save their lives. Some ...

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Marš Mira (Peach March)

I am still searching for the words to describe the Peach March from Nezuk to Potocari the site of the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial that retraced the steps of the original Death March in July 1995 that Bosniak men and boys had to take to escape the Bosnian Serb Army’s (BSA) campaign ...

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Never Forget Srebrenica

When I first heard about Marš Mira, I was sitting in the library talking to Ann about Global Practice Bosnia. At the time, it sounded like an interesting adventure that I definitely wanted to partake in. My first trip to Srebrenica two years ago left me in awe, and I ...

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Marš Mira 2017

Marš Mira is the Bosnian translation for Peace March. As someone who had never had an experience with this kind of physical activity before, I was very on the fence about participating. But something in me knew that the physical pain suffered would not outweigh the experience that I would ...

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Mapping Divisions

I once read a hiking memoir about the Pacific Crest Trail that spoke of “trail angels,” people who give food, drinks, shelter, etc. to hikers. Bosnia’s Marš Mira has its own community of good samaritans along the trail. In addition to the foreign governments, NGOs and philanthropists who donate snacks, ...

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Mars Mira

I chose to write a story instead of describing the Mars Mira (Peace March) we endured this past weekend, partly because others will likely do a better job than myself in their descriptions and partly because the experience inspired these thoughts and I wish to use these blogs as a ...

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