Great Friends and a Trip to Oregon

We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has helped us celebrate this little girl!  From Sarajevo to New York, from Ohio to Portland, from Nevada and Arizona to Southern Oregon, our amazing friends and family have been super generous with their excitement, time and gifts.  We (and she!) are incredibly lucky…

Diplomatic Winter Bazaar

Every December in Sarajevo local embassies get together to throw a winter bazaar, hawking piles of treats, crafts and wears in the name of charity:  all proceeds from the bazaar are donated to local non-profits specializing in the care of children.  This year’s Diplomatic Winter Bazaar took place December 1st, and a new addition to…

Robert Visits Sarajevo, plus a Half Marathon

There is little I enjoy more right now than showing off Sarajevo to guests. The hikes, cafes, museums, cable car (!)… the list of sites and experiences goes on and on, and all endear Sarajevo to those who make the trek to visit. Robert and I covered much of the city and surrounding area while…

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 which…

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…

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…

Hiking Mt Vito, BiH

Bosnia and Herzegovina is simply breathtaking.  Its 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…

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 mountain was…

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 witnessed…