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Music maestro

Posted 27 April 2008 - Koper (SI):

At the same village as yesterday`s photo, here`s a bunch of guys who decided to welcome us with some music and wine. A nice way of meeting the locals - and a good moment to sneak away from a group to also take some other photos in the same village.

( Mala Urska - HR, April 2008)
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Escaping the EU

Posted 26 April 2008 - Pazin (HR):

I briefly sneaked across the border for a CouchSurfing meeting in the Croatian peninsula of Istria, which has belonged to many different country over the past 100 years. As one Croatian guy told me, his grandmother was born in Austria-Hungary, his mother in Italy, he himself in Yugoslavia and his daughter in Croatia. Yet they were all born in the same place, it just kept switching ownership.

Anyway, below photo shows the location where we started our hike. The four cars in the background belong to some members of the group. I don`t know who parked that wonderful Opel Ascona against the tree.

( Mala Urska - HR, April 2008)
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Posted 26 April 2006 - The Hague (NL):

The World Press Photo Exhibition, a visual summary of the events that marked 2005 in world history, has started its tour across the globe. Four identical editions of the exhibition have been assembled and one of those can be visited at the Old Church in Amsterdam until 18 June 2006. Other destinations on the agenda: Sydney, Milan, Paris, Taipeh, Dar es Salaam, Tokyo, Santiago de Chile....

( Zagreb - HR, April 2005)
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Posted 22 November 2005 - The Hague (NL):

Bosnian leaders met in Wastington (US) today, ten years after signing the Dayton Accords, and decided that the Bosnian consitution will be amended to allow for one single president instead of the current three (one for each ethnic group). It was also decided that the peacekeeping troops will stay in Bosnia for another year.

Bosnia-Herzegovina is a very typical country which has been severely touched by the 1990s Balkan War. Being the home to three very distinct ethnic groups (Catholic Croats, Orthodox Serbs and Moslim Bosnians), Bosnia-Herzegovina was at the heart of this war.

The Dayton Agreement retained Bosnia and Herzegovina's international boundaries and created a joint multi-ethnic and democratic government. This national government was charged with conducting foreign, diplomatic, and fiscal policy. Also recognized was a second tier of government comprised of two entities roughly equal in size: the Bosniak/Croat Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Bosnian Serb-led Republika Srpska (RS). The differences between the two entities are enormous. In terms of economy, religion, language, but also writing: Cyrillic in the Republika Srpska and Roman in the Bosnian Federation.

Bosnia still has a long way to go trying to bridge the gap struck by the war. They are still far from having recovered only the houses, like this photo on the Bosnian-Croation border clearly shows. I took it on the way from Sarajevo (BA) to Sisak (HR) in April 2005.

( Bosnian/Croatian border - HR - BA, April 2004)
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Posted 1 November 2005 - The Hague (NL):

Neither Halloween nor All Saints Day is a big thing in Holland. Most of our European neighbours have a day off today, while it's just a regular working day in Holland. Two years ago, Jean and I visited Bas while he was studying in Poland and we had the chance to attend All Saints Celebrations in Wroclaw. Cemeteries got lit up with fields of candles, which created a very special atmosphere. The picture below is not from back then, since I already used specific photos to compose my 2003 Christmas cards. What it does show, and which looks very similar, is the mourning following the death of Polish Pope Jean Paul II.

( Zagreb - HR, April 2004)
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