Graffiti in Ciglane district of Sarajevo

Sarajevo and the Great War’s 100th Anniversary

Today’s Pic du Jour was taken in Sarajevo’s Ciglane district two years ago today; somehow I let the date and the anniversary it marked pass by at the time without much fanfare. The day marked 98 years since the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand unleashed a chain of events that …

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Sarajevo Olympic Bobsled course

Sarajevo Olympic Bobsled Run, 30 Years Later

The 22nd Winter Olympic Games officially get underway today, just one day shy of the 30th anniversary of the opening of the 1984 Games in Sarajevo. Above, a shot of what the bobsled run looks like today, part of the Bosnian capital’s Olympic legacy. Constructed in 15 months at a …

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Dom Policije Vranjače, near Sarajevo

Poppies and Shrapnel (Pic de Jour)

This is was taken at what is left of Dom Policije Vranjače, a former Club/vacation home for police officers, in the hills south of Sarajevo. Not a day passes that I don’t think about my visit to the Bosnian capital last year. I’m also a sucker for poppies. This spot …

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Sarajevo Siege + 20: Fifteen photos

Time flies. Today marks the 20th Anniversary of the beginning of the siege on Sarajevo. Not a day passes that I don’t think about my visit there last year. Even then it was difficult to imagine that nearly two decades had passed since the longest siege in modern times had …

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Beggars

It was just as I decided against buying some pens made from large bullet shell casings that I felt a slight tug on my shirt. It came from a gaunt woman with very long straight jet black hair and rotting front teeth. She was holding a young girl by the …

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Sarajevo Tunnel Museum (Sarajevo Notebook III)

Here’s a quick stroll through the 25 meters or so that remains of the what locals dubbed Sarajevo’s Tunnel of Hope. During the beginning of Sarajevo’s three-year siege, the city was entirely cut off by Serbian forces. Locals came up with the tunnel idea, dug beneath Sarajevo’s airport, linking the …

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Things you’ll find in the basement of Sarajevo’s Academy of Fine Arts

Here’s a quick clip of the basement level storage room at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, shot through a gate. Like a rat, I’m naturally drawn and attracted to these sorts of spaces. Anyone recognize who the broken sculpture is supposed to represent? Looks vaguely familiar. Or not. …

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Michael Jackson meets Christopher Reeve?

An odd morph that oddly works. At Sarajevo’s Olympic Stadium, 28-Jun-2011. Sarajevo 091, originally uploaded by pirano.

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Sarajevo pics, Part deux

As usual, summer’s flying by. On the road too much, with way too much piling up at home. I finally got around to some more pics from last month’s trip to Sarajevo; another few dozen posted on my flickr stream here. Not a day’s gone by since that I haven’t …

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Trebević Mountain Polka (Sarajevo notebook II).

Catching up on last month’s visit to Sarajevo, here’s a four-minute high speed stroll down the 1984 Olympic bobsled run on Trebević Mountain. Apologies for the bumpiness, but I imagine that an actual ride on a bobsled would be a bit bouncy too. Particularly these days when a machete would …

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