Normally, we would be planning to take the (normally), many many kilos of apples apples from our garden orchard, to be turned into pure, healthy, apple juice. It's a simple and traditional process, but does take time, and care.
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.
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 name Dajak comes from the wooden pole, some 4 meters long, that is used to push the boat against the current of the River Vrbas, where a paddle would not be helpful, because the river is not deep enough.
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.
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.
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.