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 led to the first world… Continue reading Sarajevo and the Great War’s 100th Anniversary

Sarajevo Olympic Bobsled Run, 30 Years Later

Sarajevo Olympic Bobsled course, June 2011

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 cost of 563,209,000 Yugoslav Dinars… Continue reading Sarajevo Olympic Bobsled Run, 30 Years Later

Sarajevo Tunnel Museum (Sarajevo Notebook III)

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/27347352] 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 city’s Dobrinja neighborhood… Continue reading Sarajevo Tunnel Museum (Sarajevo Notebook III)

Trebević Mountain Polka (Sarajevo notebook II).

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/26505430] 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 come in handy.… Continue reading Trebević Mountain Polka (Sarajevo notebook II).