An Unexpected Response in Serbia

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017

An Unexpected Response in Serbia

“So how many are they expecting at this one?” Speed-walking through the hallway of the Serbian shopping mall, I shifted my guitar case in my hand and cocked my head to hear our guide’s response without slowing my pace. “They’ve been telling us to expect about 70 young people this afternoon.” “Awesome!  And we’re late, so we should have a full house...

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Embarrassment in Croatia – Balkans 2017 Report

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017

Embarrassment in Croatia – Balkans 2017 Report

One of the first things that I had learned quickly on our trip through Serbia, Bosnia, and Croatia was that there was still serious mistrust between the people of the three countries. Hundreds of bullet holes and bombed-out houses stood as grim reminders of the military conflict which had devastated the region only twenty years ago, and it was clear that there were still some deep country-wide...

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An Unprecedented Response: Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia 2017

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017

An Unprecedented Response: Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia 2017

“Are we ready yet?” “Ahh, not quite yet…”. I shook my head, not looking up to see who was asking, “We just need to… we’re gonna need just a few more minutes… I was hunched over an old soundboard and a tangle of cords in a dusty dirt courtyard in Serbia surrounded by a loose throng of children and young people from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.  My efforts to coax sound out of the...

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Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia 2017

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017

Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia 2017

“And then I heard about the bombing…” “You mean the airport attack that was in the news?”  I shook my head at the small, well dressed Pakistani man seated next to me, “Seriously?” “Yes, that was the one.  And the news was saying that the bombers attended the mosque where a friend of mine was the Imam…” What?!? I shook my head again,...

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Heat Exhaustion in Central America (Plus: Eastern Europe 2017)

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017

Heat Exhaustion in Central America (Plus: Eastern Europe 2017)

“Zach!  You’re supposed to be out there right now!” I jerked my head up violently from the chipped concrete floor and got a face-full of hot, damp air from a nearby oscillating fan. “Shoot,”  I shook my head again to clear it as I dragged myself to a standing position.  The temperature in Chicago when I had left a few days ago had been well below freezing, but here in Puntarenas, Costa Rica it...

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