Bol u srcu - Heartache
We found an orphaned kitten, who we named Akiva. Sadly he contracted breathing issues. Although we had excellent support from our vets, he lost his fight late on Tuesday evening.
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This Weeks Vlog.
A Tough Few Days.
You’ll know from the past few newsletters, that we found an orphaned kitten, who we named Akiva.
We had planned to document his”new life” with us, but although we were aware that he might not have had an autoimmune system transferred to him from his mother, we were confident that he would be OK.
Sadly he contracted breathing issues. Although we had excellent support from our vets, he lost his fight late on Tuesday evening.
It hit us hard to be honest, but life goes on and at least he suffers no longer.
Trying to write a lot about our everyday life and adventures doesn’t seem quite right this week. We’ll be back on track next weekend don’t worry. Thanks for being understanding.
There are, however, some interesting things still to read this week.
Last weekend we had intended to visit the International White Water Rafting event near Banja Luka. We got to the venue, but it wasn’t as we had thought, with only some 6 regional teams in a paired back competition. COVID strikes again.
We did however make up for it by spoiling ourselves with a late breakfast.
If you would like copy of our FREE Banja Luka guide, CLICK HERE.
Coming soon. A podcast with Tom, a fellow Brit who has lived in Jajce for some 10 years having previously lived in the Himalayas. He has a Wolf that lives with him. An interesting fellow!
Predicting the Future.
“We laughed until our laughter stopped”: the story of the sketch comedy group that predicted the end of Yugoslavia
Hardly anyone outside of Bosnia and Herzegovina (or the Socialist Republic of Jugoslavija), will be aware that the events that were to occur during the 1990’s in the region, had been predicted on TV.
Yes, that’s True!
A series called Top Lista Nadrilista (literally translated as “The Surrealist Hit Parade” charted with great accuracy, what was to have such a devastating impact on Bosnia and Herzegovina.
This excellent article nails the Top Lista Nadrilista story
And for a teaser, here’s a TV clip (with sub titles) from just before the Bosnian War.
Guča is BACK!
Unique and inimitable, Serbia’s Guča Trumpet Festival draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world. Now, after a year’s pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Guča is set to come back in August and delight brass music lovers once again.
What is Guča you might ask?
Well watch the short trailer below.
One day I will get to experience it (on my Bucket List).
Would you like a Breakfast like this?
Homemade Bread, Cake, Jams, Mekike and all local products too.
This week’s Bosnia and Herzegovina Gem.
Vodopadi Kozice (or Slapovi Kozice) are several waterfalls near Kozica and Dragačići, north of Fojnica, in the central part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
From Sarajevo take road A1 to the west and then road M5 to Kiseljak. After Kiseljak take road R438 to Fojnica. In Fojnica go north to Lučice and further to Dragačići. I am not sure but I think you have to park the car here and then walk further for 1,7 kilometer until you reach a path going to the river Kozice.
Here ( a little bit to the right) you are near the 20 meter high waterfall of Kozice. There are several other small ones in the river and that is why it is called Vodopadi Kozic.
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How to Prepare Bosnian Coffee (or Turkish Coffee).
How to Prepare Bosnian Coffee (or Turkish Coffee).
It can be a very emotive topic to discuss here as to what it’s really called.
Being in Bosnia and Herzegovina it’s easier to call it Bosnian I think and maybe as a foreigner I can get away with saying that. If I call it Bosnian Coffee, I get criticised that’s it’s Turkish. If I call it Turkish I get an equal amount of opposite criticism.
Traditional Coffee here traces its roots back to the 580 years of occupation by the Ottoman Empire. How to name it correctly is the issue for me.
Whatever, the way of making coffee in this traditional way is SO FAR removed from either a spoon of instant or a scoop of ground coffee in a French Press (Cafetière).
There certainly is a skill, acquired over time, to make a really strong coffee. Bosnian coffee (maybe should be called Turkish coffee, as the Turks occupied this area for 500+ years) made in a “Djezva” the traditional “coffee pot”.
As a friend once said, “enough caffeine to kill a race horse”. Some people stir in the sugar, others dip the sugar cubes into the coffee then suck the coffee from the cube.
Me? I like the coffee WITHOUT sweetness!
If you try it at home, let us know?
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