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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.

Promaja, Gallstones and Jazz

Promaja, Gallstones and Jazz

Tamara and I discuss the Balkan Phenomenon that is known as "Promaja", we find out that Tamara has a Gallstone, and look back to 1955 when Jazz greats, Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton played a concert in Banja Luka.

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.

Finding Out About the Dubioza Kolektiv

Finding Out About the Dubioza Kolektiv

I recently managed to do something that I've been trying to do for quite a considerable amount of time.

Years ago I stumbled across a band here in Bosnia and Herzegovina called the Dubioza Kolektiv, basically a bunch of guys back then from the towns of Zenica and Mostar and the city of Sarajevo, producing really great music, some radical lyrics describing the country and the area that they came from, and the problems that everyday people suffer.