I started this blog to write about my trip on the Trans-Mongolian Express. I have expanded it to include my June 2012 trip to Malta and further to include trips taken subsequent to 2013. The former trip taken in May and …

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I’ve called Sarajevo a city of contrasts not because of the juxtaposition of old and new such as  the remains of a 16th century inn excavated mere meters from our newly renovated hotel;nor because the city has always had a reputation for religious …

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It may be that I got a bit carried away in the previous entry but making sense of B&H is like trying to sweep up all the tiny shards from the crystal wineglass you just dropped. Just when you think …

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If you think my oversimplified abbreviated summary of Balkan history provided some degree of clarity about the region, prepare to be tossed back into the vortex of chaos because today we’re starting our journey to the triangular shaped country of Bosnia and …

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Going to Kotor – a little Perast for time

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In part because the previous entry was so long but more because our so called day four was probably my least favorite day of the trip, I expect today’s entry will considerably shorter than the previous few. Before I get into …

 

Dubrovnik-knacks and seeking a Kodak-y moment

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If you are a fan of the HBO production of Game of Thrones (which I have never seen, by the way) when I mention Dubrovnik, an image like this or even like this: might come to mind. For those who don’t …

 

No holding back, Islam comes to the Balkans

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By the end of yesterday’s essay, I’d broadly sketched the journey from a time a few centuries BCE until about the middle of the 11th century and, I hope, painted a mural that, while lacking in detail, provided a general picture of …

 

A Brief Overview of Balkan History

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Those of you who slogged through my journal from my 2015 trip to Scandinavia might have some recollection that I expressed surprise at the degree to which events in those three Nordic countries affected so much of European and, by …

 

Luft-off – Flying to and arriving in Dubrovnik

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Welcome back. It’s been more than a year since my last adventure and more than a month since I’ve returned from the 2016 excursion. As always, my plan is to take you along with me – this time to Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & …

 

Three in one weekend – To Iowa and back

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First, a mea culpa. The events of this report resulted from a rather hasty and last minute decision. Hence, I neglected to take my camera so no photos accompany this story. (Yes, my mobile phone has a photo function but …

 

No fight with the Finnish. Or, so long, Helsinki and thanks for all the turtles.

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I last left you with the image of the hero of our story (me) standing under ominously condensing clouds and bidding farewell in Senate Square to the travelers who had a differently arranged tour agenda in Finland than I. Our guide, Frederick, gathered the …