What Bosnia & Herzegovina Is and what It’s Not

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)

10 Things you might Wonder about when Visiting Cambodia for the First Time

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.

18 things away from being fascinated by the Azores – São Miguel

The Azores are a family of three main island groups with São Miguel representing the biggest. After being introduced to low-cost airlines, more and more people take the chance, to explore the mysterious archipelago. A far-reaching history of high activity in three volcanoes has created space for incredible nature, exotic birds and unique adventures. This sounded like the best call for us to book a flight from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada at a price, that seemed impossible a few years ago. After a stay of 10 days in São Miguel (unfortunately with constant rain) we came up with 18 things you should see or do, in order to grasp the island's special flair. When I look back on the time I spent on the island – seeing plenty of … (Continue reading)