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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.

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.

The Volksdeutsche of Windthorst

The Volksdeutsche of Windthorst

I can't tell you how many times over the years, I have travelled along the road from Gradiška towards Banja Luka, I would never have thought that for some 65 years at the end of the 19th and start of the 20th centuries that these villages were actually German.

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.

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.

A Belated Happy 2019

A Belated Happy 2019

In this episode I talk a bit about why I have been off line for the past few weeks.

I have been suffering with an extremely bad attack of "Shingles", otherwise known as Herpes Zoster.