“Bosnia? Where’s that?” It’s located in Eastern Europe in the Balkan Peninsula, across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, north of Greece, west of Romania, south of the Czech Republic. It is nowhere near Bolivia, Belarus, Botswana, Bhutan, Bangladesh, or Baraboo.
Perhaps you’d like to know a bit about the country that I lived in for a year. Bosnia and Herzegovina has a long, tumultuous history and an incredibly diverse culture. Over the years it was occupied by Romans, Ottomans, and Austro-Hungarians. It was most recently part of former Yugoslavia. Its inhabitants have ranged from the Illyrians to the Celts to the Slavs.
I lived in Sarajevo, the largest and capitol city of Bosnia & Herzegovina. This city alone has seen the start of two major wars in the past century. Sarajevo is a beautiful city. Its architecture has been influenced by many different empires and popular eras, making it a unique place to be. Demographically, Sarajevo is primarily Muslim (approximately 2/3), but there is also a large percentage of Orthodox and Catholic people living here. Therefore, I experience d quite the mix of cultures and more holidays than I’ve ever had in one year.
For more information about the Balkans, explore my blog, click on the links below, or check out some of the books listed. Also, please don’t hesitate to contact me with comments or email if you have questions or need to find resources about this region.
CIA World Fact Book
Basic info about Sarajevo on an English-friendly website.
Bosnia: A Short History, Malcolm
The Road to Sarajevo, Dedijer
Tito Speaks: His Self-Portrait and Struggle with Stalin, Dedijer
How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed, Drakulić
The Death of Yugoslavia, Silber & Little
Madness Visible, Janine di Giovanni
The Tiger’s Wife, Obreht
A Bridge on the Drina, Andrić