Click on title of post to view photo in large format: Statue of Pope John Paul II stands in front of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The cathedral is located in the old town area of the city, literally steps from the iconic Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque, which is often pointed to as proof that Sarajevo has historically been a city where all religions and Read More
Click on title of post to view photo in large format: Typical street in the old Turkish Bazaar in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Miris Dunja became my preferred place to have coffee or tea each day, along with dessert. Bosnians take numerous breaks each day to sip tiny cups of Read More
Do you Blab? Do you even know what Blab is? It’s a live-casting video program that features real-time interviews, and I just did my first one.
Earlier this morning I was interviewed by The Expat Chat about why I think Eastern Europe is the next hot travel destination. Over the past couple of years, I’ve visited every country in Eastern Europe, so I have a lot to say on the subject.
If you have a fascination for Eastern Europe, as I do, you’ll want to listen to my 52 minute interview. The session was recorded live and after it concluded, Blab uploaded it to YouTube, where it’s now available for everyone to see. Read More
Click on title of post to view photo in large format: The spectacular Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque in the old town part of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, is most spectacular at night. It is considered one of the world’s best examples of Ottoman architecture and is the most important Read More
Miran is an angry man. “I am not politically correct and you will not like a lot of what I say,” he announced as we climbed into his van for a tour of Mostar and southwest Bosnia-Herzegovina. He slammed the sliding door shut and popped a Bosnian folk rock DVD into the stereo, cranking up the volume as high as it would go. Shouting to be heard, he launched into a tirade about the evils of fascism, capitalism, Obama, Putin, war, and the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.
Not far from Mostar, he turned onto a weed-choked strip of concrete that doglegged to the right between two rocky cliffs. The road ended at a gaping concrete hangar that had been carved into the hillside. Armed with flashlights, we walked around the nuclear-proof door that today hangs partially open and followed Miran into murky depths. He led us past abandoned toilets and bunk rooms to a wide concrete strip at the other end of the hangar that had once been used for takeoffs and landings. “This was a secret air base for many years; not even the people from the town that sits atop the hangar knew it existed and soldiers had permission to shoot intruders on sight. The hangar could hold more than 20 planes, along with all the equipment and personnel to service them. I’ve been trying to open a museum here; my friends and I even have some of the planes that were kept here, but we can’t get the permits because our government is so corrupt.” Read More
Click on title of post to view photo in large format: Near the town of Blagaj in southwestern Bosnia-Herzegovina, an underground river flows out of a 600-foot high Karst limestone cliff to create the Buna River. In the 16th century, the Ottoman Sultan was so impressed by this site that he had a tekija (Ottoman monastery) built here. This Dervish House, as it is now known, is still in use by Read More