Coffee and Rakija.

A Magazine (Blog, Podcast, Vlog and Newsletter), by former soldier and retired media consultant, David Pejčinović-Bailey.

What to Expect from Coffee and Rakija

I write about my life and experiences in a rural village in North-West Bosnia and Herzegovina, giving you a unique look, through the eyes of an immigrant (me), of this much misunderstood country.

I also have a Podcast, where I introduce you to some of the interesting people I have met, who help me to dispel the many negative perceptions that international media have created about country.

As I travel around exploring the rich culture and history, I also discuss the challenges and joys of immigrating to a new country.

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You get my “Coffee and Rakija” Posts, Vlogs and Episodes of “An Englishman in the Balkans” Podcast for the first 7 days after publication.

I publish twice a week, normally on Wednesday and Sunday.

Every so often I take a week’s break (a week off basically) to re-charge.

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You get all the above plus occasional posts that free subscribers wont see PLUS My Grateful Thanks!

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The full archive of Blog Posts, Podcasts, and Vlogs, going right back to 2021 when this Substack started.

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As a token of my gratitude, my paid subscribers get to pick their favourite swag item:

  • A stylish Keyring to keep your keys organised.

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  • A quirky Pin to adorn your bag, jacket, or hat.

  • Or perhaps a delightful Fridge Magnet to brighten up your kitchen!

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What Do People Say About the Podcast?


Nadja from Switzerland but now lives in Visoko, near Sarajevo ⬆️


We received this message for Los Angeles about an upcoming Episode ⬆️

Where I live.

The village of Čardačani

Thank You

Thank you for being part of my stress free corner of the internet. Your support fuels my creativity to be honest, and I can’t wait to share more stories, from this much misunderstood country and region with you.

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Writing about life in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and trying to counter the negative perceptions that many people have of this country. Of which there are so many.


Sharing my experiences of living in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and dispelling the negative perceptions of an often misunderstood country,
Used to work in the former Jugoslavija. I am still a huge fan of the area.
I'm a dual Bosnian-Canadian citizen