Sarajevo Film Festival

About five years ago I gave up going to movie theaters.  I finally conceded that they, along with any other dark venues featuring flashing lights, were a trigger for my migraines and it was time for a change.  But now we’re living in Sarajevo, which this August hosted the 23rd annual Sarajevo Film Festival. Premiering…

Tara National Park and Višegrad

Since moving to Bosnia and Herzegovina, I have been chipping away at the weighty – and fantastic – Bridge on the Drina, a sweeping saga set in Višegrad and written by Nobel Prize winning Ivo Andrić.  Višegrad is east of Sarajevo and the perfect distance for a road trip.  It also is near the Serbian border, across…

Neum and Kravica Falls

After one of our recent Croatian coast weekends, we decided since we’re living in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) we really should spend a weekend on the Bosnian coast.  Bosnia is stunningly beautiful and so much fun to explore, yet we hadn’t so much as driven through its only port city, Neum.  It was time to change…

Fox Solo Trip: Amsterdam

Scott and Allie had been planning a family trip to Europe for months, with the first portion spanning about five days in Amsterdam.  Allie mentioned this to me before Brendan and I moved to Sarajevo and casually asked if I’d like to join them for a few days.  Um, let me think.  YES. The timing…

Porcupine Solo Trip: Hiking Mt Treskavca

While Alicia was away, busy gallivanting around northern Europe without me, I decided to join a hike organized by a local mountaineering club up Mt Treskavca, not far south of Sarajevo.  It was from here the Serb forces began preparations for the four-year siege of Sarajevo in the early 90s, and a few remnants of that…

Fox Solo Trip: England & Wales

One of the amazing perks about living in the Balkans is the short(ish) plane rides throughout Europe.  Elise moved to London about five years ago to pursue her passion and calling to ministry in the Church of England (we, her friends, like to call her, in perfect theological correctness, Priest Elise), and had recently overcome…

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 food 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…