Monthly Archives: August 2015

Sarajevo people (and dog) watching

I had always had a positive connotation towards Sarajevo. For whatever reason, the Bosnian capital is in my list of places – including Tbilisi, Budapest and a few others – that, I’m convinced, cannot harbor any fathead. This belief has … Continue reading

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Veterans

I was standing outside the National Library of Sarajevo, looking at the mountains reflecting in the glass doors of the grand entrance – the same mountains from which incendiary ordnance was dropped, burning the Library and its heritage to the … Continue reading

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Bullet holes and tombstones: entering Sarajevo

If I had any doubts about how fragmented the kaleidoscope of Bosnia’s ethnicities was, a drive to Sarajevo was all I needed to dispel them. My passport was stamped at a crossing in Šamac, in the Republika Srpska and as … Continue reading

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Honey, scenic roads and wrong turns: A brief guide to driving in the Balkans

The road is a perfect combination of smooth tarmac, beautifully designed hairpin bends and quick straights that seem to say “Come on, get loose on that accelerator”. A bit of traffic is coming the other way – trucks, mostly, and the … Continue reading

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Properly out of office now.

The last e-mails have been sent, the polite reminder has been set up, my drawers have been bolted shut and I made a dash for the door; for a week, I shall be nowhere to be seen. If only the … Continue reading

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The closest thing to “Out of office”

So, the last three weeks have been hectic. I’m inbetween projects and that means that I’m living dreaded moment when you’re being squeezed like a lemon from your old team and new commitments flooding in. Hopefully it’ll all be over … Continue reading

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Under the gurdwara dome: a walk through Southall, London

If you were to be parachuted anywhere in London, outside the ring described by the Circle Line, I’m sure that you’d have a tough time understanding where you have landed. With a few notable exceptions where natural features – rivers, … Continue reading

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