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Bosnia and Hercegovina

Travel, as with most things in life, will inevitably surprise you.

When my desire to travel through the Balkans first blossomed, I envisioned beginning at one extremity with Athens and Istanbul and ending in Central Europe with Budapest– everything in between was lost in the obscurity of ignorance. 118 more words

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Serbia to salute Putin but sees future with Europe

Matt Robinson reports for Reuters:

‘Russian President Vladimir Putin is guest of honor at a military parade in Belgrade on Thursday to mark 70 years since the city’s liberation by the Red Army, a visit loaded with symbolism as Serbia walks a tightrope between the Europe it wants to join and a big-power ally it cannot leave behind. 145 more words

Russia

UEFA defends decision not to keep Serbia and Albania apart after brawl

Owen Gibson reports for The Guardian:

‘Uefa has defended its policy on keeping some countries with political tensions apart in its qualifying groups and not others following the brawl that caused the  201 more words

History

You Must Remember This: Dubrovnik & The Architecture of Survival:

“It’s something you really have to see” is one of those redundant phrases often thrown at would be travelers. The phrase usually denotes some site that is so incredible or otherworldly that it ends up as a “must see.” These places have become part and parcel of “bucket lists” a pop culture phrase for places you have to see before you die. 731 more words

Eastern Europe

War Crimes Trial Ends as Divisive Election Nears in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Daniel Nolan reports for VICE News:

‘Suspected war criminal and former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic denied responsibility for atrocities committed during the civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the early 1990s, as his five-year trial came to a close this week. 123 more words

The Balkans

Mostar, Dubrovnik, Plitvice Lakes

Croatia was a beautiful country. I would love to spend more time here. One of the definite advantages of being on a tour is being driven through the countryside. 176 more words

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Sofia, Belgrade, Sarajevo

I found coming to this part of the world very interesting. I’ve grouped these three cities together because I spent only a night in each and I definitely did not spend long enough to make insightful comments about any of them. 264 more words

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