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Slow Tourism for the Balkans

Slow Tourism for the Balkans

BiH is still relatively unspoilt compared to it's neighbours.

Yes, I am aware backpackers and couch surfers pass through as well as those young adventurers who are into extreme sports such as climbers, cavers, whitewater rafters, parachutists, and mountain bikers.

Camembert Baked in Bread

Camembert Baked in Bread

Camembert that's been baked inside bread. Using a machine to take the strain of making the dough, the resulting bread was scrumptious to say the least.

Drill and Chill Festival - 4 Years On

Drill and Chill Festival - 4 Years On

Every September for the past 4 years, in a remote farm near the village of Rekavice, high above the river River Vrbas, just south of Banja Luka, there has been a gathering of International Climbers and High-Liners.

The Mlinište Train

The Mlinište Train

I have driven past this rusting train for decades and have always wondered about it. Apparently, it was used by Tito and his partisans in World War 2, and was left here in 1944.

Stari Zanatski

Stari Zanatski

As you walk along Gospodska, you'll notice small alleyways that lead to an amazingly quaint, but until recently a rather run down, area of mainly gold and silver shops and trendy coffee bars.

I might be wrong, but this area is called Stari Zanatski, roughly translated, means "Old Craftsmen".

Meeting a Bosnian Olympian in Croatia

Meeting a Bosnian Olympian in Croatia

I got to meet Mario Franjić, who was a member of the Jugoslavija National four man Bobsled Team in the 1984 Olympics held in Sarajevo. A big man with a big personality.

10 Cool Balkans Instagram Accounts

10 Cool Balkans Instagram Accounts

You might like to check out my top 10 Cool Instagram Accounts, About the Balkans To Follow, that give other pictorial perspectives of the region and who I enjoy following.

A Kiwi in the Balkans

A Kiwi in the Balkans

In this episode of the Podcast, I catch up with Andy Dunn, a New Zealander "The Kiwi in the Balkans", who is visiting his parents in law in Banja Luka.

We talk about his views and experiences in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Western Balkans and his off beat love with Uštipci.

Internet Tips for Tourists to Montenegro

Internet Tips for Tourists to Montenegro

Normally when we travel, we flit like digital butterflies from free wifi to free wifi, as we are not always able to get local SIM cards that offer data only packages and those that do, can be horrendously expensive or limited in what can be provided.

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.

The Etno Muzej at Ljubačke Doline

The Etno Muzej at Ljubačke Doline

Not too far south of Banja Luka is an amazing cultural " living museum", in the village of Lijubačke Doline.

The Banja Luka Tulip

The Banja Luka Tulip

In 1974, a team of Banja Luka florists led by Petar Đurić, created this tulip for a florist company in Holland.

The tulip is made by crossing two colours of the red and Yellow "Apeldoorn" variety.

Buying a Bride

Buying a Bride

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 1846 the bride really was purchased with large amounts of money or Gold

Novi Sad in Springtime

Novi Sad in Springtime

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

Dan Žena

Dan Žena

International Women's Day has been celebrated Internationally since 1975, but here in the former Jugoslavija and the newer republic's that are today, it's been a big issue for a lot longer.

Dreaming of Times Gone By

Dreaming of Times Gone By

I often get to be present when old friends get to meet up after not seeing each other for some time. Especially those who were born when the former Jugoslavije existed.

Burgers and More

Burgers and More

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 about costs (or lack thereof). Bear with me.

Coping with Digital Toxicity

Coping with Digital Toxicity

Digital Toxicity has been getting to me for sometime now.

So, I have disengaged from Facebook and disabled comments on my YouTube channel.

I feel better already to be honest.

Crazy Weather Change

Crazy Weather Change

I keep saying that life here in the Balkans is (for me at least), far from boring.

Even everyday experiences.

Take the weather for example.

 

Getting Shingles.

Getting Shingles.

Shingles Therapy in the Snow.

I am nearly 4 weeks into this absolutely horrible attack of shingles (herpes zoster virus).

It's painfully agonising, frustrating and exhausting.