Mostar’s Stari Most (Old Bridge)

There has been so much written on Mostar’s Old Bridge (Stari Most). It has inspired stories, poems, and countless travel literature over its four-and-a-half centuries of existence. Its architecture and sheer shape beckons the imagination to recall the genius work of Ottoman architects and designers. The symbolism of the unification between the two sides of the Neretva river, East and West, is very much a quintessential part of the Bosnian imagination. Continue reading “Mostar’s Stari Most (Old Bridge)”

The serenity of the Blagaj Tekija:  Bosnia’s oldest Dervish monastery

When someone uses the term serene – a certain image or place comes to mind.  In many ways, the Blagaj Tekija or Tekke, is a quintessential place of reflection and in the past, prayer and isolation.

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A Crash (Dummy) Course in Bosnian History

The academic in me writhed in pain even at the idea of writing something like this.  An uncited, cliff-note style summary of hundreds of years of rich Bosnian history?  To top it off, incredibly well written with a sharp sense of humor? (OK, maybe not). Don’t do it.  Just don’t.  It’s not worth it.  It goes against everything you’ve been trained to do.

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