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Mon, 11 Nov 2013 07:10:00 +0000 admin Background 12@http://www.bodiroga.net/blog/ <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">This weekend we took off to Herceg Novi, Montenegro for a little more coastal exploration. Montenegro is not a part of my official school project- it?s not on the itinerary- so it was technically a personal trip, but most certainly provided me with some geographical perspective. I?ll admit I don?t have a lot that I want to say about this portion of the trip- it was a rather depressing weekend. But now after saying that I realize that the reasons for it being depressing is a good subject to write on: cultural differences. Sometimes cultural differences can be so insignificant in the big picture that it doesn?t cause any problems- just some confusion and possibly entertainment. Sometimes there are cultural differences that you don?t anticipate causing much of a problem, but then it ends up presenting you with one of the worst situations you?ve ever been in. The night we arrived in Herceg Novi we found a kitten lying near the sidewalk and it obviously had something wrong with it. It didn?t look like it could walk, and I soon realized it had been hit by a car. It was right there out in front of the main entrance of our hotel. People were passing by and noticing it but not really giving it a second glance. It was mewing? Sean and I were heartbroken. On top of it all, it?s quite embarrassing to be the two American tourists standing over a kitten almost crying. No one cares. It put us in a bad mood for the rest of the night, and I couldn?t even look at the little guy when walking past. A few hours later Sean decided to go check on it. I hoped it was dead? and it was. Thank god. I couldn?t bear the thought of it sitting out there all night in the rain.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"> </p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">We did visit a monastery while there and it provide some perspective on how seriously they take their deceased. The graves here are top notch quality. In the US you usually just see a simple grave marker made out of granite. Here you see entire ___ complete with accurate portraits etched into the headstones. This is something I noticed in cemeteries no matter how small rural they were. We finished off the weekend just wandering around town not doing much of anything. Herceg Novi is obviously very setup for tourist season, so it was kind of dead at this point.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/0b09f7f4578c971d23e7d2a24baed835/tumblr_inline_mw9lz0Ne8E1qapyyh.jpg" alt="montenegro monastery" width="500" height="333" /></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;">Savina Monastery, Herceg Novi, Montenegro</em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/dbbcc8d6e3a51d6e6067c8b02cc9e409/tumblr_inline_mw9m0uYAva1qapyyh.jpg" alt="savina_1" width="333" height="500" /></em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Savina Monastery, Herceg Novi, Montenegro</em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/6be82909bce6621119324d06d5137933/tumblr_inline_mw9m24MW1h1qapyyh.jpg" alt="savina_2" width="500" height="333" /></em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;">Savina Monastery, Herceg Novi, Montenegro</em></em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/31611edf8b64617bea4a7cb565b3a1be/tumblr_inline_mw9m3hdLQu1qapyyh.jpg" alt="savina_3" width="500" height="333" /></em></em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;">Cemetery at Savina Monastery</em></em></em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/4c16fbdfd75d35e41ef5447f60078063/tumblr_inline_mw9m4yX5vt1qapyyh.jpg" alt="savina_4" width="500" height="333" /></em></em></em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;">overlook at Savina Monastery</em></em></em></em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/7805309a3c411ab54922689778811b57/tumblr_inline_mw9m73orY71qapyyh.jpg" alt="drive_1" width="500" height="333" /></em></em></em></em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;">the drive back to Trebinje from Montenegro.</em></em></em></em></em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/1a79a4c70e7256170715bf9b973204f9/tumblr_inline_mw9m7fXn6j1qapyyh.jpg" alt="drive_2" width="500" height="333" /></em></em></em></em></em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><span style="font-style: normal;">Since it wasn?t really happening for us there, we decided to leave early today and when we got back in to Trebinje we drove up the Crkvina hill to see the</span><a style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.298039); color: #444444; box-sizing: border-box; font-style: normal;" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hercegova%C4%8Dka_Gra%C4%8Danica&amp;action=edit&amp;redlink=1">Hercegova&#269;ka Gra&#269;anica</a><span style="font-style: normal;"> (a Serbian Orthodox church/monastery). I was told by my relative Mladen that his uncle Ratko- who is well known in the Trebinje community- did work or provided funding toward the building of this church. I can?t remember exactly what or how much he contributed. I?ll have to clarify this the next time I see Mladen or finally meet Ratko. Anyhow, it?s a beautiful place and has an amazing view of the city. However the first thing we noticed upon arriving was the pen containing chickens and rabbits! An exciting discovery for me. I also saw a lone donkey laying next to his own little house on the hillside and I wondered what all the animals could be for.</span></em></em></em></em></em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><span style="font-style: normal;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/6192fddfcf7735ffc250f2c47bc812e8/tumblr_inline_mw9m8uYMU91qapyyh.jpg" alt="animals_1" width="500" height="333" /></span></em></em></em></em></em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><span style="font-style: normal;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/17a70f2384c94c682bc439bd893d01da/tumblr_inline_mw9m9aMtgS1qapyyh.jpg" alt="animals_2" width="500" height="333" /></span></em></em></em></em></em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><span style="font-style: normal;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/e1d3248b80740538b0e6c156ebd64010/tumblr_inline_mw9ma5Dt0P1qapyyh.jpg" alt="animals_3" width="500" height="333" /></span></em></em></em></em></em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;">Chickens, rabbits, and trampolines at the Hercegova&#269;ka Gra&#269;anica Monastary</em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"> </p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box;"> </p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Located right next to that was a small cafe. I could totally imagine tons of people there on a church day gathering together socializing, and it seems like church must be a very community oriented activity here.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/83e8b9aa818ccb27f23c062ce2b05e6e/tumblr_inline_mw9mdeAqSg1qapyyh.jpg" alt="church_1" width="500" height="333" /></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;">Hercegova&#269;ka Gra&#269;anica Monastary</em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">I was kind of excited to see inside the church building (I?m not sure what to call it. Still confused over what the different buildings are used for and where people go for church services as this building was small and did not have much of anything other than decor in it) because I had watched a Rick Steves episode where he went to that church and spoke to a bishop. He specifically pointed out the ostrich egg hanging in the center of a chandelier, which I thought was pretty cool. As far as church decor goes- Serbian Orthodox has got to be the best. Apparently the ostrich egg symbolizes life.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/533ba250f54dda0b46958db851cbc54d/tumblr_inline_mw9mb5DVT11qapyyh.jpg" alt="church_2" width="500" height="333" /></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;">inside the church</em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/4565fc326c8ecc25e0b7e7f2cfdd0da1/tumblr_inline_mw9mbj4jvr1qapyyh.jpg" alt="church_3" width="333" height="500" /></em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;">the famous ostrich egg!</em></em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/9d3c63aebdfc081eda853d44114fa156/tumblr_inline_mw9mc0Zo181qapyyh.jpg" alt="church_4" width="500" height="333" /></em></em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;">auditorium seating at Hercegova&#269;ka Gra&#269;anica Monastary</em></em></em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/a97dfa8fa9d199cc545b0bf86a6fa759/tumblr_inline_mw9mch7bE41qapyyh.jpg" alt="church_5" width="500" height="333" /></em></em></em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;"><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;">view of Trebinje at Hercegova&#269;ka Gra&#269;anica Monastary</em></em></em></em></p><div class="item_footer"><p><small><a href="http://www.bodiroga.net/blog/blog1.php/herceg-novi-hercegova-269-ka">Original post</a> blogged on <a href="http://b2evolution.net/">b2evolution</a>.</small></p></div> This weekend we took off to Herceg Novi, Montenegro for a little more coastal exploration. Montenegro is not a part of my official school project- it?s not on the itinerary- so it was technically a personal trip, but most certainly provided me with some geographical perspective. I?ll admit I don?t have a lot that I want to say about this portion of the trip- it was a rather depressing weekend. But now after saying that I realize that the reasons for it being depressing is a good subject to write on: cultural differences. Sometimes cultural differences can be so insignificant in the big picture that it doesn?t cause any problems- just some confusion and possibly entertainment. Sometimes there are cultural differences that you don?t anticipate causing much of a problem, but then it ends up presenting you with one of the worst situations you?ve ever been in. The night we arrived in Herceg Novi we found a kitten lying near the sidewalk and it obviously had something wrong with it. It didn?t look like it could walk, and I soon realized it had been hit by a car. It was right there out in front of the main entrance of our hotel. People were passing by and noticing it but not really giving it a second glance. It was mewing? Sean and I were heartbroken. On top of it all, it?s quite embarrassing to be the two American tourists standing over a kitten almost crying. No one cares. It put us in a bad mood for the rest of the night, and I couldn?t even look at the little guy when walking past. A few hours later Sean decided to go check on it. I hoped it was dead? and it was. Thank god. I couldn?t bear the thought of it sitting out there all night in the rain.

 

We did visit a monastery while there and it provide some perspective on how seriously they take their deceased. The graves here are top notch quality. In the US you usually just see a simple grave marker made out of granite. Here you see entire ___ complete with accurate portraits etched into the headstones. This is something I noticed in cemeteries no matter how small rural they were. We finished off the weekend just wandering around town not doing much of anything. Herceg Novi is obviously very setup for tourist season, so it was kind of dead at this point.

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Savina Monastery, Herceg Novi, Montenegro

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Savina Monastery, Herceg Novi, Montenegro

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Savina Monastery, Herceg Novi, Montenegro

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Cemetery at Savina Monastery

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overlook at Savina Monastery

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the drive back to Trebinje from Montenegro.

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Since it wasn?t really happening for us there, we decided to leave early today and when we got back in to Trebinje we drove up the Crkvina hill to see theHercegovačka Gračanica (a Serbian Orthodox church/monastery). I was told by my relative Mladen that his uncle Ratko- who is well known in the Trebinje community- did work or provided funding toward the building of this church. I can?t remember exactly what or how much he contributed. I?ll have to clarify this the next time I see Mladen or finally meet Ratko. Anyhow, it?s a beautiful place and has an amazing view of the city. However the first thing we noticed upon arriving was the pen containing chickens and rabbits! An exciting discovery for me. I also saw a lone donkey laying next to his own little house on the hillside and I wondered what all the animals could be for.

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Chickens, rabbits, and trampolines at the Hercegovačka Gračanica Monastary

 

 

Located right next to that was a small cafe. I could totally imagine tons of people there on a church day gathering together socializing, and it seems like church must be a very community oriented activity here.

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Hercegovačka Gračanica Monastary

I was kind of excited to see inside the church building (I?m not sure what to call it. Still confused over what the different buildings are used for and where people go for church services as this building was small and did not have much of anything other than decor in it) because I had watched a Rick Steves episode where he went to that church and spoke to a bishop. He specifically pointed out the ostrich egg hanging in the center of a chandelier, which I thought was pretty cool. As far as church decor goes- Serbian Orthodox has got to be the best. Apparently the ostrich egg symbolizes life.

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inside the church

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the famous ostrich egg!

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auditorium seating at Hercegovačka Gračanica Monastary

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view of Trebinje at Hercegovačka Gračanica Monastary

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Fri, 08 Nov 2013 07:09:00 +0000 admin Background 11@http://www.bodiroga.net/blog/ <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">I wanted to give you some more details on why I chose to do this project. Also I want to mention that since I am terrible at writing, these blog entries allow me to be more informal about my notes on the trip. It takes the pressure off so that I can more successfully record important thoughts and notes that will be used later in a more formal way. But please? don?t judge my writing? I am by no means a writer. :)</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">I spoke before about how I think stories are very important. I think it is not only important to know your own story, but to know other?s stories as well. The reason I am so passionate about this is because it has everything to do with how I came to be the person I am. Parts of my childhood, young adulthood, and family life were more isolated than social.  I am not naturally equipped with what it takes to care about other people and want to spend lot?s of time with other people, nor did I really have any sort of example of what that might look like. I grew into an adult not really knowing how to reach out to those around me and give myself a chance to make unlikely connections. Only after I pushed myself a little did I start realizing that making connections with others by both talking and listening can be the most satisfying thing in life, for everyone involved. I started to see the world differently because when I looked at the people I knew, I now saw their own personal stories attached to them. Once you see that in other people, I don?t think you can ever ?un-see? it :). This made me realize that by at least acknowledging human individuality, we can all come a little closer together. Now, I never really feel alone because I?m always thinking of others and it gives a feeling of connection. </p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">The word ?family? as most of American society would define it, has always been of very little importance to me. So, some might think it?s a bit strange that I wanted to go searching for my most distant relatives and learn about my heritage. I?m surprised myself, actually. The reality is that I don?t necessarily expect this to all mean something in some metaphorical way. I wanted to record a story for the first time. I was intrigued by my family history and structure. I wanted an adventure and to push myself by entering into unfamiliar territory both literally and figuratively. And it happens that I believe in starting with stories that are close to you.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">I?ve already discovered so much about myself and what it means for people to value their heritage.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">So, this is my story and I?m stickin? to it!</p><div class="item_footer"><p><small><a href="http://www.bodiroga.net/blog/blog1.php/what-stories-mean">Original post</a> blogged on <a href="http://b2evolution.net/">b2evolution</a>.</small></p></div> I wanted to give you some more details on why I chose to do this project. Also I want to mention that since I am terrible at writing, these blog entries allow me to be more informal about my notes on the trip. It takes the pressure off so that I can more successfully record important thoughts and notes that will be used later in a more formal way. But please? don?t judge my writing? I am by no means a writer. :)

I spoke before about how I think stories are very important. I think it is not only important to know your own story, but to know other?s stories as well. The reason I am so passionate about this is because it has everything to do with how I came to be the person I am. Parts of my childhood, young adulthood, and family life were more isolated than social.  I am not naturally equipped with what it takes to care about other people and want to spend lot?s of time with other people, nor did I really have any sort of example of what that might look like. I grew into an adult not really knowing how to reach out to those around me and give myself a chance to make unlikely connections. Only after I pushed myself a little did I start realizing that making connections with others by both talking and listening can be the most satisfying thing in life, for everyone involved. I started to see the world differently because when I looked at the people I knew, I now saw their own personal stories attached to them. Once you see that in other people, I don?t think you can ever ?un-see? it :). This made me realize that by at least acknowledging human individuality, we can all come a little closer together. Now, I never really feel alone because I?m always thinking of others and it gives a feeling of connection. 

The word ?family? as most of American society would define it, has always been of very little importance to me. So, some might think it?s a bit strange that I wanted to go searching for my most distant relatives and learn about my heritage. I?m surprised myself, actually. The reality is that I don?t necessarily expect this to all mean something in some metaphorical way. I wanted to record a story for the first time. I was intrigued by my family history and structure. I wanted an adventure and to push myself by entering into unfamiliar territory both literally and figuratively. And it happens that I believe in starting with stories that are close to you.

I?ve already discovered so much about myself and what it means for people to value their heritage.

So, this is my story and I?m stickin? to it!

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Meeting Bodirogas in Trebinje http://www.bodiroga.net/blog/blog1.php/meeting-bodirogas-in-trebinje
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Mon, 04 Nov 2013 07:07:00 +0000 admin Background 10@http://www.bodiroga.net/blog/ <p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">I am pleased to report that I finally was able to meet with some long lost Trebinje Bodirogas last night! The meeting was well overdue and provided me with a lot of insight about our clan. I talked with Momcilo, Dejan (brothers), and Dejan?s son Goran. Goran served as translator to make sure we were all understanding each other. It was perfect! I was definitely nervous to meet people here and wasn?t sure if I would be able to convey my intentions with this project accurately, but it seems everyone I have met is very impressed with my efforts. Their only complaint is that I do not speak Serbian :) I promised I would learn some by the next time I come. The most interesting part of the conversation is when I asked them about the famous ?Bodiroga Story? and we compared different versions (this may become a new favorite Bodiroga past time now). I swear, it is so interesting to hear the variations- everyone has one! Their version was about how our ancestor impregnated his boss?s daughter and they had to flee because of disgrace. They went to a village where no one knew them and after they had hunted a deer, the people of the village (not knowing our ancestor?s real name) decided to call them Bodiroga (in reference to the deer horns). So now, of course, I?m really starting to wonder which story is right. They say this story has been told by their great grandmother. Anyhow, it seems that my endeavor is not in vain since I am told I am the first American Bodiroga to get over here and try to gather information. I hope that when I?m all done I will inspire other American Bodirogas to do the same.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/e2a3d7f393f36f49375c5720bb675d87/tumblr_inline_mvp4fwjjbY1qapyyh.jpg" alt="Bodirogas in Trebinje" width="500" height="375" /></span></p> <p><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">(clockwise from L: Goran, Sean, me, Momcilo, Dejan)</em></p><div class="item_footer"><p><small><a href="http://www.bodiroga.net/blog/blog1.php/meeting-bodirogas-in-trebinje">Original post</a> blogged on <a href="http://b2evolution.net/">b2evolution</a>.</small></p></div> I am pleased to report that I finally was able to meet with some long lost Trebinje Bodirogas last night! The meeting was well overdue and provided me with a lot of insight about our clan. I talked with Momcilo, Dejan (brothers), and Dejan?s son Goran. Goran served as translator to make sure we were all understanding each other. It was perfect! I was definitely nervous to meet people here and wasn?t sure if I would be able to convey my intentions with this project accurately, but it seems everyone I have met is very impressed with my efforts. Their only complaint is that I do not speak Serbian :) I promised I would learn some by the next time I come. The most interesting part of the conversation is when I asked them about the famous ?Bodiroga Story? and we compared different versions (this may become a new favorite Bodiroga past time now). I swear, it is so interesting to hear the variations- everyone has one! Their version was about how our ancestor impregnated his boss?s daughter and they had to flee because of disgrace. They went to a village where no one knew them and after they had hunted a deer, the people of the village (not knowing our ancestor?s real name) decided to call them Bodiroga (in reference to the deer horns). So now, of course, I?m really starting to wonder which story is right. They say this story has been told by their great grandmother. Anyhow, it seems that my endeavor is not in vain since I am told I am the first American Bodiroga to get over here and try to gather information. I hope that when I?m all done I will inspire other American Bodirogas to do the same.

Bodirogas in Trebinje

(clockwise from L: Goran, Sean, me, Momcilo, Dejan)

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Cultural Confusions http://www.bodiroga.net/blog/blog1.php/cultural-confusions
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Wed, 30 Oct 2013 07:05:00 +0000 admin Background 9@http://www.bodiroga.net/blog/ <p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Ok, so I was majorly confused about culture in the Balkans. Here we are in Bosnia &amp; Herzegovina. At first I thougtht we were in Herzegovina. BUT we?re actually in the Republika Srpska (Srpska means Serbia) which means that people here are mainly Serbian, and people here speak Serbian- not Bosnian! See, this is why I came here, so I could figure out all of this stuff. Because unfortunately when you live in America you are hardly taught anything about the Balkans.</span></p><div class="item_footer"><p><small><a href="http://www.bodiroga.net/blog/blog1.php/cultural-confusions">Original post</a> blogged on <a href="http://b2evolution.net/">b2evolution</a>.</small></p></div> Ok, so I was majorly confused about culture in the Balkans. Here we are in Bosnia & Herzegovina. At first I thougtht we were in Herzegovina. BUT we?re actually in the Republika Srpska (Srpska means Serbia) which means that people here are mainly Serbian, and people here speak Serbian- not Bosnian! See, this is why I came here, so I could figure out all of this stuff. Because unfortunately when you live in America you are hardly taught anything about the Balkans.

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Real Quick: First Impressions of Trebinje http://www.bodiroga.net/blog/blog1.php/real-quick-first-impressions-of
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Fri, 25 Oct 2013 06:39:00 +0000 admin Background 8@http://www.bodiroga.net/blog/ <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Every time Sean and I arrive somewhere new we are asked ?first impressions???. I am not good at verbalizing the feelings and thoughts I get from a new experience and place, so this is a good exercise for me.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">This is technically a city, but feels like a town- not unlike Olympia, WA. The area of this place is considerably larger than that of Olympia (I checked), but the feel is probably due to the fact that the houses and buildings are dwarfed by the giant hills the city is surrounded by. It gives a very ?enclosed? feeling. I like it, and it?s weird.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">I?m pretty sure Sean and could quite certainly be the only Americans here in town right now.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">I love the way people utilize the land and space around here. Our neighborhood is a very hilly area and is jam packed with houses. People stack houses if they have to, or stagger different layers of them so it works within the uneven environment- it?s really brilliant.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">It?s for sure that not as many people know english here, so we?ll be teaching ourselves some basic phrases to make life easier for everyone.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">It appears that everyone here who has a yard, gardens; and may even have chickens or other animals. Kind of a packaged deal. Pretty cool.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Sean and I went to a caffe bar the other night- we chose this particular one because it seemed like it was the coolest. It has a Jamaican flag, a thatched roof, and plays any/all 80?-present top 100 American hits. Turns out, it probably is the coolest cafe bar and we see some of the same people there two nights in a row just chain smoking away.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Just like cafe bars, there are a plethora of shoe stores here. I?m not sure how people choose.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Oh, and the guy we are renting from is pretty cool. His name is Sr&#273;an and he is a firefighter who- like most everyone else- makes his own rakija and even wine.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">I can?t tell you how many times I?ve looked out my window or looked at the city from a view and just marveled at how beautiful it is here. I walk past people?s patios that look out over it all and I just think ?Damn, these people get to see this everyday, like it?s nothing!?.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/acdc6f86822f31c1d4d2ebf4e36a4a05/tumblr_inline_mvp2pa1uxh1qapyyh.jpg" alt="me_Trebinje" width="500" height="333" /></p><div class="item_footer"><p><small><a href="http://www.bodiroga.net/blog/blog1.php/real-quick-first-impressions-of">Original post</a> blogged on <a href="http://b2evolution.net/">b2evolution</a>.</small></p></div> Every time Sean and I arrive somewhere new we are asked ?first impressions???. I am not good at verbalizing the feelings and thoughts I get from a new experience and place, so this is a good exercise for me.

This is technically a city, but feels like a town- not unlike Olympia, WA. The area of this place is considerably larger than that of Olympia (I checked), but the feel is probably due to the fact that the houses and buildings are dwarfed by the giant hills the city is surrounded by. It gives a very ?enclosed? feeling. I like it, and it?s weird.

I?m pretty sure Sean and could quite certainly be the only Americans here in town right now.

I love the way people utilize the land and space around here. Our neighborhood is a very hilly area and is jam packed with houses. People stack houses if they have to, or stagger different layers of them so it works within the uneven environment- it?s really brilliant.

It?s for sure that not as many people know english here, so we?ll be teaching ourselves some basic phrases to make life easier for everyone.

It appears that everyone here who has a yard, gardens; and may even have chickens or other animals. Kind of a packaged deal. Pretty cool.

Sean and I went to a caffe bar the other night- we chose this particular one because it seemed like it was the coolest. It has a Jamaican flag, a thatched roof, and plays any/all 80?-present top 100 American hits. Turns out, it probably is the coolest cafe bar and we see some of the same people there two nights in a row just chain smoking away.

Just like cafe bars, there are a plethora of shoe stores here. I?m not sure how people choose.

Oh, and the guy we are renting from is pretty cool. His name is Srđan and he is a firefighter who- like most everyone else- makes his own rakija and even wine.

I can?t tell you how many times I?ve looked out my window or looked at the city from a view and just marveled at how beautiful it is here. I walk past people?s patios that look out over it all and I just think ?Damn, these people get to see this everyday, like it?s nothing!?.

me_Trebinje

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A Beginner's Thoughts on Documenting http://www.bodiroga.net/blog/blog1.php/a-beginner-s-thoughts-on
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Wed, 23 Oct 2013 06:33:00 +0000 admin Background 7@http://www.bodiroga.net/blog/ <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">So, the academic purpose behind this project was for me to gain some much needed experience of what it?s like to document something with the intent of making it into a presentable piece; and this trip has for sure already taught me lessons on just that. It?s super hard to keep up with the responsibilities of a journalist or documentary maker when you are in a new place experiencing a bunch of new things for the first time. I keep forgetting all kinds of things like bringing my recorder or camera. Ok those seem like really obvious things, but you don?t always know exactly when you might need them! A good example is of when Sean and I went to the Krka National Park with Dragan I thought for sure I would only want my camera while walking the trail. I had no idea that when we would get to the end there would be these setups of imitation homes, barns, and wool weaving. The wool weaving was especially interesting to me and there was a lady who spoke great english and gave us a short demonstration of how they used to twist it into yarn. We spoke to her for a while and she asked me about my project. At that point I was really wishing I had my recorder! I told myself from then on I was going to carry it around in my hand as often as possible so that I could record on a moments notice? of course that didn?t last too long. Fortunately I feel confident that my planned interviews will be enough to make a substantial piece- for a beginner, at least.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"> </p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">The other thing is that, as a photographer, I?ve always had a hard time deciding what to photograph and what not to photograph when I am trying to photograph with such intention. I tend to overthink things when I?m doing a project like this. Initially I had planned to photograph this entire trip with film because I almost always shoot with film and I didn?t want to change my ways for the project. But then I started thinking that I might like to try my hand at some video while on this trip, just for fun (not a part of my academic contract); so I ended up borrowing a digital camera from Evergreen to take with me. Now I?m here and I have two cameras and it?s messing me up! I?m sure other photographers know what I?m talking about. It?s making my work 10x more complicated because I not only have to decide what to photograph, I have to decide which camera to bring (no one wants to be the idiot with two cameras) and if I decide to bring the film camera I won?t have the option of video and I?ll have to be more conservative with my shots. And I can?t shoot at night (no flash or tripod). Now this is starting to make me think about how awful I was at packing for this trip?  </p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"> </p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Anyhow, I?m glad this trip is serving it?s purpose.</p><div class="item_footer"><p><small><a href="http://www.bodiroga.net/blog/blog1.php/a-beginner-s-thoughts-on">Original post</a> blogged on <a href="http://b2evolution.net/">b2evolution</a>.</small></p></div> So, the academic purpose behind this project was for me to gain some much needed experience of what it?s like to document something with the intent of making it into a presentable piece; and this trip has for sure already taught me lessons on just that. It?s super hard to keep up with the responsibilities of a journalist or documentary maker when you are in a new place experiencing a bunch of new things for the first time. I keep forgetting all kinds of things like bringing my recorder or camera. Ok those seem like really obvious things, but you don?t always know exactly when you might need them! A good example is of when Sean and I went to the Krka National Park with Dragan I thought for sure I would only want my camera while walking the trail. I had no idea that when we would get to the end there would be these setups of imitation homes, barns, and wool weaving. The wool weaving was especially interesting to me and there was a lady who spoke great english and gave us a short demonstration of how they used to twist it into yarn. We spoke to her for a while and she asked me about my project. At that point I was really wishing I had my recorder! I told myself from then on I was going to carry it around in my hand as often as possible so that I could record on a moments notice? of course that didn?t last too long. Fortunately I feel confident that my planned interviews will be enough to make a substantial piece- for a beginner, at least.

 

The other thing is that, as a photographer, I?ve always had a hard time deciding what to photograph and what not to photograph when I am trying to photograph with such intention. I tend to overthink things when I?m doing a project like this. Initially I had planned to photograph this entire trip with film because I almost always shoot with film and I didn?t want to change my ways for the project. But then I started thinking that I might like to try my hand at some video while on this trip, just for fun (not a part of my academic contract); so I ended up borrowing a digital camera from Evergreen to take with me. Now I?m here and I have two cameras and it?s messing me up! I?m sure other photographers know what I?m talking about. It?s making my work 10x more complicated because I not only have to decide what to photograph, I have to decide which camera to bring (no one wants to be the idiot with two cameras) and if I decide to bring the film camera I won?t have the option of video and I?ll have to be more conservative with my shots. And I can?t shoot at night (no flash or tripod). Now this is starting to make me think about how awful I was at packing for this trip?  

 

Anyhow, I?m glad this trip is serving it?s purpose.

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Split, Croatia http://www.bodiroga.net/blog/blog1.php/split-croatia
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Tue, 22 Oct 2013 06:32:00 +0000 admin Background 6@http://www.bodiroga.net/blog/ <p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Now here in Split, Croatia where we are being housed/guided by Mladen?s friend Dragan. He speaks good English, so it is a relaxed situation. He first took us to Krka National Park which has huge beautiful falls and the remains of an old Tesla hydroelectric power plant. The park has built wooden walkways that take you over several of the falls and through the wooded areas. It was like nothing I?ve ever seen!</span></p> <p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/7d3c38dfddacacfc54e477973046915c/tumblr_inline_mvp0mwcMyu1qapyyh.jpg" alt="Srpska_1" width="500" height="333" /></span></p> <p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em>Krka National Park</em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/876ce5ef6f2e6b10cdcba71949a44986/tumblr_inline_mvp0nqbtEQ1qapyyh.jpg" alt="Krka_2" width="500" height="333" /></span></p> <p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em>Krka National Park</em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/30db64a14eacadcdec05479e27015232/tumblr_inline_mvp0o9i4LK1qapyyh.jpg" alt="Krka_3" width="500" height="333" /></span></p> <p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em>Krka National Park- Hydroelectric Power Plant</em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Then, a day in Split to look around briefly and see Diocletian?s Palace which Roman Emperor Diocletian built as a place to live for his retirement. Much of it is a very eerie, damp, and dark tour. Of course, it was lit and  few artifacts remained. The palace includes a bell tower which we paid to go to the top of. I, however, did not make it all the way to the top. I guess I got vertigo.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/5d04f2f2dee1eeee8ef781dd6cc9c445/tumblr_inline_mvp1cstVzH1qapyyh.jpg" alt="Split_1" width="500" height="333" /></span></p> <p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em>Split Boardwalk</em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/e8c5c9687ffb697c71549d544dbc7ff2/tumblr_inline_mvp1dgCl021qapyyh.jpg" alt="Diocletian" width="333" height="500" /></span></p> <p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em>Diocletian's Palace</em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/4d22b85fc3718ea69319aba9b092a5cf/tumblr_inline_mvp1e8KOcn1qapyyh.jpg" alt="bell tower" width="333" height="500" /></span></p> <p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em>Diocletian's Palace- Bell Tower</em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">The rest of the day was just spent meandering around town and participating in caffe bar culture- lot?s of people watching. Split has a beautiful boardwalk type of area right by the water where we were able to divert ourself for hours.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/ae011c3b9eaaba3ad25deb7989be5b29/tumblr_inline_mvp1atg6kS1qapyyh.jpg" alt="Split_2" width="500" height="333" /></span></p> <p><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">view of Split from the hill</em></p> <p><em style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-style: normal;">While in Croatia I started to have lot?s of questions about Balkan culture. I started getting confused about who speaks what language, and who identifies with which country. Is it based on where you were born? What your parents are? What your ancestors are? Because as far as I could tell, the Balkans is a very mixed ethnic group and I?m not sure the beginning of one group starts and the other finishes. According to the book I am reading on the history of the Balkans, at the turn of the 20th century there were people of the Balkans who only knew the ethnic divide as that between Turks and Christians- aka, Serbian, Bulgarian, and Greek were all lumped together. Mind you, this is what the book says (written by Mark Mazower) and for all I know modern people of the Balkans might say different. My point is that at this time I am not sure if I am actually Serbian, or what. Our tour guide, Dragan tells me he is half Serbian half Croatian. He was born and lives in Croatia, and he identifies as both. I decided to ask him some questions and I recorded his answers on this subject, which will be helpful to my project later on. He had a lot to say about how it just differs depending on the person and the country. </span></em></p><div class="item_footer"><p><small><a href="http://www.bodiroga.net/blog/blog1.php/split-croatia">Original post</a> blogged on <a href="http://b2evolution.net/">b2evolution</a>.</small></p></div> Now here in Split, Croatia where we are being housed/guided by Mladen?s friend Dragan. He speaks good English, so it is a relaxed situation. He first took us to Krka National Park which has huge beautiful falls and the remains of an old Tesla hydroelectric power plant. The park has built wooden walkways that take you over several of the falls and through the wooded areas. It was like nothing I?ve ever seen!

Srpska_1

Krka National Park

Krka_2

Krka National Park

Krka_3

Krka National Park- Hydroelectric Power Plant

Then, a day in Split to look around briefly and see Diocletian?s Palace which Roman Emperor Diocletian built as a place to live for his retirement. Much of it is a very eerie, damp, and dark tour. Of course, it was lit and  few artifacts remained. The palace includes a bell tower which we paid to go to the top of. I, however, did not make it all the way to the top. I guess I got vertigo.

Split_1

Split Boardwalk

Diocletian

Diocletian's Palace

bell tower

Diocletian's Palace- Bell Tower

The rest of the day was just spent meandering around town and participating in caffe bar culture- lot?s of people watching. Split has a beautiful boardwalk type of area right by the water where we were able to divert ourself for hours.

Split_2

view of Split from the hill

While in Croatia I started to have lot?s of questions about Balkan culture. I started getting confused about who speaks what language, and who identifies with which country. Is it based on where you were born? What your parents are? What your ancestors are? Because as far as I could tell, the Balkans is a very mixed ethnic group and I?m not sure the beginning of one group starts and the other finishes. According to the book I am reading on the history of the Balkans, at the turn of the 20th century there were people of the Balkans who only knew the ethnic divide as that between Turks and Christians- aka, Serbian, Bulgarian, and Greek were all lumped together. Mind you, this is what the book says (written by Mark Mazower) and for all I know modern people of the Balkans might say different. My point is that at this time I am not sure if I am actually Serbian, or what. Our tour guide, Dragan tells me he is half Serbian half Croatian. He was born and lives in Croatia, and he identifies as both. I decided to ask him some questions and I recorded his answers on this subject, which will be helpful to my project later on. He had a lot to say about how it just differs depending on the person and the country. 

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Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:14:00 +0000 admin Background 3@http://www.bodiroga.net/blog/ <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">I am finally here in the Balkans for the first time ever! I can?t believe I got the idea for this a year ago? and now here I am. You can never mentally prepare yourself enough for what it is like to suddenly be in a place so far from home and anticipate what will be different from what you are used to. </p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">We flew into Zadar, Croatia on the 18th. My relative Mladen had arranged for us to be picked up and accommodated by someone he knew, and the place was great. Here it is a regular thing for people to have entire homes sectioned off into individual apartments or shared apartments (individual bedrooms w/ locked doors and communal bathroom and kitchen) for travelers to rent out. It?s a very nice setup and I wish it was a thing in the US.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/6f1fd1dd9fe4b7d5e41ff9eff4759094/tumblr_inline_mvc10lyixG1qapyyh.jpg" alt="Sean_Zadar" width="500" height="333" /></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em>Sean on the balcony in Zadar</em></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">For reference, the coast here feels similar to coastal California. It is still in the 60?s-70?s (fahrenheit) well into October. In these coastal cities it is pretty tourist-y with people from all over Europe and a small amount of Americans.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/163a911fcf873e24c5f63dc96c9c701f/tumblr_inline_mvc2dalH1z1qapyyh.jpg" alt="Sean_Zadar_2" width="500" height="333" /></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Sean found out before we left that coffee is the main social lubricant of the Balkans and after arriving we immediately got the full affect of that. The night we arrived in Zadar, Berta and her daughter Bianca (they live in another part of the apartment we were staying in) gave us a quick tour of Old Town. Bianca was sure to point out that the next morning the area would be completely filled with people having coffee ?for hours? <strong style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;">at least </strong>one hour!?. The next day we saw what she meant. There is so much demand for socialization with coffee/beer/wine that there are dozens of ?caffe bars? everywhere you look, but almost none serve food. Maybe a croissant. For the actual restaurants, all we could find was Italian. I can?t tell you how grateful I am that my body is allowing me to eat copious amounts of pasta and bread without fuss.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">While in Zadar we of course spent lot?s of time right by the water, and we were able to experience the sea organ which is a thing that is built into the cement boardwalk that allows the water to make music. Sean could explain it better. It?s really awesome to just sit and listen to in the sun for a while.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://media.tumblr.com/a7ae4f2a1661816a7cac279fbe4ee988/tumblr_inline_mvc36pWm8P1qapyyh.jpg" alt="Zadar_feet" width="500" height="333" /></p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px 0px 10px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Anyhow, bottom line is that I want all of you American friends of mine to know that it is absolutely <strong style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;">gorgeous </strong>here as well as chill and safe. You must put it at the top of your traveling list, ASAP.</p> <p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #444444; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">I have to admit that I was a little afraid to come here because of my own personal ?fear of the unknown? issues. It happens to me with almost anything new that I do. In the months prior to leaving the US, I maintained a constant planning mindset to distract myself from the fact that I new I was be scared the moment I left the country. It?s partially because of being in places that I?m not used to, but mostly because of being away from all of the things that I know so well. I?ll admit even more: I?m <strong style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); box-sizing: border-box;">still </strong>not completely chill about being away from home! It?s kind of embarrassing because I?ve always considered myself to be someone who has desire to travel and experience new places? turns out I may just be a total homebody. </p><div class="item_footer"><p><small><a href="http://www.bodiroga.net/blog/blog1.php/zadar-croatia">Original post</a> blogged on <a href="http://b2evolution.net/">b2evolution</a>.</small></p></div> I am finally here in the Balkans for the first time ever! I can?t believe I got the idea for this a year ago? and now here I am. You can never mentally prepare yourself enough for what it is like to suddenly be in a place so far from home and anticipate what will be different from what you are used to. 

We flew into Zadar, Croatia on the 18th. My relative Mladen had arranged for us to be picked up and accommodated by someone he knew, and the place was great. Here it is a regular thing for people to have entire homes sectioned off into individual apartments or shared apartments (individual bedrooms w/ locked doors and communal bathroom and kitchen) for travelers to rent out. It?s a very nice setup and I wish it was a thing in the US.

Sean_Zadar

Sean on the balcony in Zadar

For reference, the coast here feels similar to coastal California. It is still in the 60?s-70?s (fahrenheit) well into October. In these coastal cities it is pretty tourist-y with people from all over Europe and a small amount of Americans.

Sean_Zadar_2

Sean found out before we left that coffee is the main social lubricant of the Balkans and after arriving we immediately got the full affect of that. The night we arrived in Zadar, Berta and her daughter Bianca (they live in another part of the apartment we were staying in) gave us a quick tour of Old Town. Bianca was sure to point out that the next morning the area would be completely filled with people having coffee ?for hours? at least one hour!?. The next day we saw what she meant. There is so much demand for socialization with coffee/beer/wine that there are dozens of ?caffe bars? everywhere you look, but almost none serve food. Maybe a croissant. For the actual restaurants, all we could find was Italian. I can?t tell you how grateful I am that my body is allowing me to eat copious amounts of pasta and bread without fuss.

While in Zadar we of course spent lot?s of time right by the water, and we were able to experience the sea organ which is a thing that is built into the cement boardwalk that allows the water to make music. Sean could explain it better. It?s really awesome to just sit and listen to in the sun for a while.

Zadar_feet

Anyhow, bottom line is that I want all of you American friends of mine to know that it is absolutely gorgeous here as well as chill and safe. You must put it at the top of your traveling list, ASAP.

I have to admit that I was a little afraid to come here because of my own personal ?fear of the unknown? issues. It happens to me with almost anything new that I do. In the months prior to leaving the US, I maintained a constant planning mindset to distract myself from the fact that I new I was be scared the moment I left the country. It?s partially because of being in places that I?m not used to, but mostly because of being away from all of the things that I know so well. I?ll admit even more: I?m still not completely chill about being away from home! It?s kind of embarrassing because I?ve always considered myself to be someone who has desire to travel and experience new places? turns out I may just be a total homebody. 

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