As a daughter of Croatian Bosniaks who originated from Mostar, I hold a quite special connection to the country of Bosnia & Herzegovina. Although my parents emigrated only a few years before the evils of war threw the country into deep chaos and destruction, I could witness the development of the country during the aftermath through my yearly visits. Based on these observations, I gathered 10 facts that describe what Bosnia & Herzegovina is and what it's not. While past actions have thrown the country back many decades in the terms of economy, infrastructure and social services, there is only little space to look back. The well-educated youth is looking forward to a brighter future and tries to find a middle way between tradition and modernity. The locals … (Continue reading)
It is worth looking on the floor when walking around in Cambodia. First we were shocked when we saw a burnt $100 banknote. Then we had a closer look and realized that it was just fake money probably used for card games. Apart from the burnt paper notes, loads of playing cards are scattered around. This lead us to our conclusion that Cambodians like to play cards for money – real or not. Who knows? We already saw the most bizarre regarding food in the Philippines, but Cambodia is a lot alike. Don't feel offended if you see stretched out tongues when walking around the night markets. Together with chicken combs and tarantulas a walk can easily become a horror show.
Although the majority of the waterfalls around Bali are turned into a profit machine – local supervisors charging entrance fees – there are still some that can be accessed for free. One of them is Air Terjun Pengempu waterfall located close to Ubud, in the area of Tabanan. The falling water streams into a pool with some spots deep enough to swim in. The highlight of local and foreign visitors is a liana, hanging down from a tree, which is used as a natural swing. It's great to watch Indonesian kids doing acrobatics on it.