Misty Mornings - Maglovita jutra
The mists from our local rivers offer mystical vistas to wake up to.
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The early mornings here are now starting to become more misty. It makes for some stunning views (albeit ones that don’t offer any with distance), and when the sun starts to “burn off” its quite the experience.
Having said that, it’s chilly, and opening the door and walking outside, the smell of burning wood (wood is the dominant source of heating in villages), really creates a warm, cosy feeling for me.
The mist here is nothing at all like the fog (sometimes smog), that I remember as a very young boy back in the late 1950’s in London.
What smells stimulate immediate nostalgia for you?
Thursday 27th October saw the city of Banja Luka marking 53 years since the catastrophic earthquake that devastated the city in 1969.
As part of this years commemoration the city sounded the emergency sirens at exactly 09:11, the time the earthquake struck in 1969, to remind the city of the anniversary of the devastating earthquake.
As well as that event, a demonstration exercise was held at the Technical school involving both the Ministry of the Interior and emergency services with the aim of raising awareness of possible risks from natural disasters and other accidents.
To read more about the 1969 earthquake check out our blogpost below ⬇️
Our Video Playlist documenting the Earthquake ⬇️
Just one of the many bakeries that are in my local town of Laktaši.
I just love the smell of these bakeries. Absolutely amazing.
Top Left segment is Cheese Pie (L) and Burek (R).
Tor Right a general view/
Bottom Left shows Pastries and Rolls.
Bottom Right has “Gourmet Pie”
Moris Albahari, one of the last speakers of the Ladino language in Bosnia and a guardian of the Jewish tradition, passed away in Sarajevo at the age of 93.
Ladino or Judeo-Spanish is a Romance language derived from Old Spanish, which spread through the Ottoman Empire, North Africa and other European countries after the expulsion of Sephardic Jews from Spain in 1492. The language is considered endangered.
Albahari was born in 1930 and, as 11-year old boy, escaped the transport to Nazi death camps during the Holocaust, joining the Yugoslav Partisans. Alongside a long career in aviation, which included managing Sarajevo Airport, he was famous for sharing his vast knowledge about the history and culture of the Sephardic Jews in the Balkans.
The Postage Stamps
If you are a regular reader, you will know that we have mentioned numerous times, about story and abandoned animals, in particular dogs and especially in the village.
It is therefore it is both great and refreshing to see this special edition of postage stamps released by Pošte Srpske.
"With this issue, we want to draw attention to abandoned dogs and the adoption process, which is completely free, and you can choose your best friend in this way," says the Post Office.
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