Hiking Mt Vito, BiH

Bosnia and Herzegovina is simply breathtaking.  It’s landscapes include plains, rolling hills, orchards, forests, river valleys, rocky terrain and the incredible Dinarica Mountain range running along its western border. Hiking is a national pastime, and we’ve been waiting for the weather to cooperate enough for us to get up a few mountains. Then the opportunity…

Hvar

Not much beats a lunch of espresso and gelato on vacation (the caffeine/sugar combination is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up and tide-me-over until a dinner location is decided).  And no destination fulfills the gelato-n-espresso gorging bill better than sunny Hvar, a long, narrow island off the coast of southern Croatia.   There are two main ways…

A Long Weekend in Split

Sometimes you just have to get away.  Sometimes, when you’re living in a foreign country, you have to take advantage of a local holiday weekend and get out there and explore.  And sometimes, you take a road trip to do both. We had an unexpected long weekend and hightailed it to the Croatian coast town…

Cooking in Bangkok

Thai is one of my all-time favorite cuisines.  Its our go-to for take out and my favorite lunch-time treat.  So when Brendan announced he had to attend a conference in Bangkok, I was left with only one option – crash the party and book as many cooking classes as possible. Bangkok is quite the city. …

Cable Cars and Olympic Ruins

Back in the day – the mid-1950s – the Yugoslavian government began, and completed, an ambitious project in Sarajevo – to connect the city center with the top of Mount Trebević via cable cars.  The system operated for almost four decades, delighting locals escaping the smog-filled city valley to the “Lung of Sarajevo”, as the…

Budapest!

There is SO much to do in Budapest.  When researching this trip, I found blog after blog after news article of top 10 lists, top 25 lists, even “A Really Long List of Things to do in Budapest,” and with the exception of the touristy biggies, all offered a variety of creative ways to spend…

Jajce, Bosnia & Herzegovina

It’s my birthday!  And what better way to celebrate than with a road trip to a medieval village, killer waterfalls and a castle on a hill?  Almost none, I tell you.  Jajce (pronounced ya-eat-say), about a two hour drive northwest of Sarajevo, was the perfect escape for a low-key weekend away. This little town has…

Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Given its fame and close proximity to Sarajevo, Mostar was destined to be our first excursion. We took back roads to Lake Jablanica, then followed the Neretva River, winding our way down to Mostar and its city center. Our hotel, Hotel-Restaurant Kriva Ćuprija, is stunningly beautiful, and hangs over a small, rushing river, feeding into the…

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

We have a new hometown!  A couple months ago Brendan accepted another position within USAID based in Bosnia & Herzegovina, and its been a whirlwind ever since.  Between Thanksgiving and Christmas we visited family on two coasts, met with management companies to rent out our Portland apartment, and packed up everything we own to be…