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The Banja Luka Tulip

The Banja Luka Tulip

Banja Luka Tulip. I know I am a bit late to the party here, but this tulip is named “Banja Luka”. It looks pretty cool to me. In 1974, a team of Banja Luka florists led by Petar Đurić, created this tulip for a florist […]

07 April 2019 Newsletter

07 April 2019 Newsletter

Hello and welcome to this “first weekend in April”, edition of my ”An Englishman in the Balkans”, bi-weekly newsletter. SHOUT OUTS to Ian Temple, Simon King and Hans Peter Buch! As I have really pulled back using social media (I am almost only using Instagram […]

Newsletter 07 April 2019 | The Balkans Adventures Podcast

Newsletter 07 April 2019 | The Balkans Adventures Podcast

Hello and welcome to this “first weekend in April”, edition of my ”An Englishman in the Balkans”, bi-weekly newsletter. SHOUT OUTS to Ian Temple, Simon King and Hans Peter Buch! As I have really pulled back using social media (I am almost only using Instagram […]

Buying a Bride

Buying a Bride

Tamara and I recently attend a Serbian Wedding. It was for a member of Tamara’s extended family It was an amazing day from watching the bride being “bought”, to the procession to the church, the service itself, and of course, an AMAZING reception. Until about […]

10 Cool Balkans Instagram Accounts For You To Follow.

10 Cool Balkans Instagram Accounts For You To Follow.

I really like using Instagram. I like that I can post an almost running documentary (in images and video stories) of my life here in the Balkans (and my travels away), to the world, as it happens, from my mobile device. I am glad Instagram […]

Novi Sad in Springtime

Novi Sad in Springtime

So far, I have to say that my favourite place to visit in Serbia has to be Novi Sad, in the north of the country in Vojvodina. Now to be honest, I haven’t explored too much of Serbia, but as I say, Novi Sad is […]

Dan Žena – International Women’s Day

Dan Žena – International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day. I have to say, that I can’t really recall, growing up in the UK in the 50’s and 60’s, about there having been a “Women’s Day” celebrated in the annual Calendar. For context, I arrived in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on […]

Dreaming

Dreaming

Despite all that happens in the region where I have chosen to live, whether politically, economically or ethnically, I am always in awe and marvel how friendships seem to transcend every bit of negativity. The harsh reality of Bosnia and Herzegovina is however, that people are constantly […]

Burgers and More

Burgers and More

Disclaimer: I am receiving no benefits financially, or “in kind” for this post! Today I wanted to just write a few more thoughts, to add to why I keep saying that visiting Banja Luka (and Bosnia and Herzegovina) makes for an exciting, adventurous and above all, exceedingly GREAT value holiday experience. It’s all […]

Using your Mobile in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Using your Mobile in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Using your mobile device in Bosnia and Herzegovina. What’s the deal? Tamara and I get asked a lot about using mobile devices in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) by either family, friends or guests. Hopefully the following info will be both helpful and useful for you. Bosnia and Herzegovina is not in the European Union (EU), and to be honest […]