Dust in the Westward Wind: Letters from America

I am a first generation immigrant, and those far away distant lands that I may have called home in some other life became ever so nearer. The trip to Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina was enlightening. About 25 years ago stood a country called Yugoslavia, consisted of six republics (now individual, sovereign countries): Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia…

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Final Thoughts from within Belgrade

The final week in Belgrade I spent much time packing, and repacking just to make sure that I had everything ready by the time I had to leave the city. I did not have much time to ponder about the great concept of things, and what had just passed over upwards of three months ago….

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Sarajevo, in the Palm of My Hand

The past two weeks have been the focus of an independent study project (ISP) with SIT. This entails setting out to manage your own time, setting up interviews, and experience what the culture has to provide. This has proved to be an interesting task, and quite a handful at points. Being in a city such…

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Monuments: Belgrade to Avala Mountain

I had been getting ready for my travels back to Sarajevo to do qualitative research, when I was given the opportunity of going to Avala mountain a few days before my departure. Avala mountain is about a 30 minute drive out of Belgrade Southeast, and offers stunning scenery of all the land around it. On…

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Conundrum

(Pictured: Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina)   This week we lead an excursion to Bosnia and Herzegovina. A land that just a short 20 years ago experienced a war so horrific, and terrors that haven’t been seen on European soil since World War II. While the stay in the two cities of…

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Non-existing existence

(Newborn references the new nation of Kosovo, interesting to note it is written in English) Two weeks ago we went to Kosovo. A territory very contested in terms of sovereignty. At it stands as of current, 111 countries of the 193 United Nations members (A little over 55%). Among the countries that do not recognize…

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September/Septembar: Collusion and Cohesion

I have had to include 2 blog posts simultaneously. The first is from my first week in Serbia, and the second is from this week as I prepare to go to Kosovo. ABeCeDa and Azbuka The past week has been an exciting, yet very introspective time. I have been pulled to my limitations in terms…

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Dust in the Eastward Wind

As I brace myself for the immensity of the journey ahead, I look back to my roots; I was born in Germany, with Parents both from Former Yugoslavia. I had the privilege of growing up both in Germany, and the USA, however only visiting the Former Yugoslav region a few times. As I get ready…

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