Category Archives: Bosnia

Don’t go there

One of the most frustrating things about our Damascus experience was having our movements restricted. Of course it was (sometimes) for our own good, but coming straight from America we were simply not used to that. I studied up on … Continue reading

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Take two, they’re small

There’s a problem with unwanted animals in this city. I’m starting to think there’s a problem with unwanted animals everywhere.  In Damascus it was cats, in Sarajevo, dogs.  Here in Addis, it’s both.  This is a very poor country where … Continue reading

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Kaymak is a rich, creamy dairy product that is traditional in Bosnia. It’s classed here as a fresh cheese, but what it most closely resembles is English clotted cream. You can buy it either salted or sweet (meaning unsalted). Kaymak famously accompanies cevapcici (ground … Continue reading

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Three bridges and a tunnel, part 1 – The Latin Bridge

It’s one of those factoids you learned in high school. In wiki words, World War I began with “the assassination on 28 June 1914 of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, by a Yugoslav … Continue reading

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Mmm.  My favorite Bosnian lunch.  Or breakfast. Or snack. I’m pretty flexible that way. Burek is a savory filling wrapped up in fillo.  The long rolls are curled around in a spiral and baked.  Fillings can be potato, ground meat, cheese, or … Continue reading

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Dogs of war

I went up to QSIS yesterday morning to help Andreas’s students with their senior papers.  I counted thirty dogs on my two-block walk from the bus stop to the campus. There were already some stray dogs in Sarajevo before the war.  … Continue reading

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Out of the Mood(le)

Today is, I believe, my last DCS Moodle day. It’s a bittersweet goodbye.  Sad, because it marks the end of my formal connection with Damascus Community School, my colleagues and students.  We’ve been through a lot together.  But to be frank, I … Continue reading

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Zummo juice kiosk on a lovely spring day. Zummo juice kiosk today. Hoping for better weather tomorrow.

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The Sarajevo Haggadah

The what? I’ll admit, I had to look it up myself.  The Haggadah is the Jewish text that is read aloud at the Passover Seder table.  It tells the story of Exodus. The earliest copies still in existence are 14th century illuminated manuscripts.  … Continue reading

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Night at the museums

We noticed a couple of museum workers putting together a new display at the Svrzo house last Wednesday.  They said they were preparing for the “noć muzeja .”  Andreas and I didn’t get it right away, but the French lady we were … Continue reading

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