Jan 22Liked by David Pejčinović-Bailey MBE

Thank you Dave and your good lady for the interesting talks about a wonderful country which I grew to fall in love with. My experience of Bosnia began in 1993 in Gorazde where I served with the UN, then again in 1994-1995 in Gorni Vakuf as UN then NATO. All in all I served a total of 2,5 years with my last tour 2000 in Banja Luka in the metal factory. The country has left an ever lasting impression on me that I will never forget. It great to hear your stories of you living there wish I had done the same many years ago.

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Jan 16Liked by David Pejčinović-Bailey MBE

Good day David, hope this finds you well. I was in Bosnia, the winter of '97-'98, as a soldier in the U.S. Army field artillery. Though conditions at the time could not have been worse for tourists, I came away with a positive view of the people and culture of the Balkans. Once, we had to do a walking patrol in the surrounding country side. In a small village we encountered a group of school age children who challenged us to a snowball fight. We gave a good accounting of ourselves, but ultimately abandoned the field in an orderly retreat. To think that all of those kids are in their 30's now...I'd like to get back there sometime. It was beautiful before the war, and indeed (judging by your pictures and abundant other evidence) seems to have returned to its ideal state. Would you recommend it as a tourist destination for Americans?

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