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.
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".
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.
The Banja Luka area of Borik, is extremely interesting as it has huge murals on some of the otherwise rather drab, Titovian buildings that house most of Banja Luka's inhabitants.
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.
Over the years, I have developed an interest in wooden chapels and churches, and mosques with wooden minarets, that are to be seen across Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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.
Banja Luka now has its own sticker pack. The idea is part of promoting Banja Luka, using digital communication platforms and also complements the city's own recently launched Viber channel.
If you are someone that wants off the regular tourist trail, and seeks something unusual and “slow” a trip to the Švrakava Waterfalls could be for you.
In this episode, I catch up with Jose Angelo Gallegos a YouTuber and Filmmaker from California.
Tamara and I had thought we knew how to introduce people to the many wonders that Bosnia and Herzegovina has to offer.
We now realise that by going slow, and doing less, actually means guests experience much much more!
He enjoyed it so much that he wants to come back. I think he's become an early Balkan-phile, if I can use that phrase.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Tamara and I spend a super afternoon together with an impromptu Valentine's Day lunch in my adopted home town.
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