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A moment of silence

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In view of recent events in France, I feel there is more need for a moment silence and reflection than debate and fight. As I look at this picture of a statue I took a year ago, during a much (but not entirely) simpler time for France and Europe altogether, I will borrow Carl Sagan’s reflections on the “Pale blue dot”, …

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Amsterdam in time lapse

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Back in January I spent a week in wonderful (and very very cold) Amsterdam. Getting on and off of trams, I decided to try out a time lapse of sorts, so I picked window seats and started clicking. I came back home with countless photos that are, technically speaking, far from perfect, but in the end served to recreate what …

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Utrecht in B&W

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I have been re-editing my photos lately. I find myself rather overwhelmed by colours these days – so much so, that I choose B&W more often than not. Phases, phases… Share

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Bike Fishing

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So, get this: there is an actual boat going around in the canals of Utrecht fishing bikes. Probably because the dutch decided that it would be cool to legalise weed and not install safety railings around the canals.   Share

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Ghost ship

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We have our own Rio in Greece -nothing like de Janeiro, I will admit. But this is where the Charilaos Trikoupis bridge is located. It is one of the world’s longest multi-span bridges and the longest of the fully suspended type (according to, ahem, Wikipedia). Rumour has it that ghost ships often sail these waters. Share

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Sarajevo, Athens, Paris

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From Sarajevo and the Europe we don’t see very often, diverse and beautiful and tormented as it is… …to Athens, which will always mean home… …to Paris and light. I am lucky. Share

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Sarajevo rose

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Before going on this trip, as I was looking for information on the city, I found out that Sarajevans have preserved concrete scars by mortar shells on the main streets with red resin. This is a memorial, of sorts, to the atrocities and the victims of the siege. Oddly enough, it took me a few days to notice them–on the …

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Souvenirs and bullets

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In the old town of Sarajevo there is an alley full of shops for tourists. In these shops, one can find beautiful jewellery, little pots and mugs for Bosnian coffee, ornamental plates, gravures and rakije bottles. One can also find bullets. Bullets turned into pens, key chains, miniature airplanes or cars, bullets with drawings of minarets and the Pigeon Square. …

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Srebrenica

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On my last day in Sarajevo I visited the Srebrenica Memorial gallery in honour of the 8372 people who died in the massacre of Srebrenica in 1995. The exhibition features Tarik Samarah’s photographs, two documentaries and the wall of death–a 16 meter (52.5 feet) long wall with the names of those brutally killed in Srebrenica. The footage and interviews of the …

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The meeting of cultures

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Sarajevo is often called the Jerusalem of Europe and rightfully so. On my first walk in the old town of Sarajevo I marvelled at the diversity of the city, which is so apparent in the different architectural styles and the temples devoted to different faith, yet all so close to one another. Walking downtown, one will see a beautiful cathedral, …

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Electioneering in Sarajevo

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I woke up at 5.30 AM that morning, unable to get back to sleep. I decided to head outdoors and get some long exposures of the city–I always find there is something enchanting about a city waking up. I set my tripod right across the National Bank, a beautiful building that was even more captivating in the wee hours. Of …

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A memorial to all

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At the centre of Sarajevo, at the corner of Marshall Tito Str. and the pedestrian zone, I saw the Eternal Flame (Vječna Vatra).  It is a memorial dedicated to those who fought with the Yugoslav National Army during World War II, dated 6 April 1946–the 1st anniversary of the liberation of Sarajevo. One night I took a walk downtown with my friend and …

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Where do the children play

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Right in the heart of Sarajevo there is a monument dedicated to the children who died during the siege. It is meant to represent an unfinished sand pyramid–children’s play abruptly interrupted by death. I have passed by the park every day for almost a week now until one morning I saw a little boy playing with his toy car on the …

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A symphony of prayers

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I heard the call to prayer for the first time in my life in Sarajevo. It was dusk and I had joined the Next Level Bosnia team up in the terrace of the hotel. We were all engaged in lively talk and jokes, admiring a wonderful view of the sunset when I heard it. It started from up high, or at …

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The tower

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I see this TV tower every day from the terrace of the hotel I’m staying. For a minute I stop thinking about history, hardships, hopes and aspirations, social problems or progress. It’s only a tower overlooking Sarajevo, one of those things you may find in any city – beautiful at night, often lost among clouds, constantly broadcasting. Share

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And then, in Sarajevo, the shot was fired.

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Most of the buildings of the city have been reconstructed, however, they still bear evidence of tragic stories. A shot can be many different things, but here, in Sarajevo, a shot seems to have just one meaning: that moment in time  when Archduke Franz Ferdinand gasped and said his final words – “Es ist nichts”, “it’s nothing”. The buildings have …

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Caught between empires

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My first afternoon in Sarajevo was quiet. I met the Next Level Bosnia team members, took a nap after an unreasonably long trip and hang out at the hotel terrace with a wonderful view of the city. I was told that the hills where full of snipers during the war, firing at the city. There are still minefields up there …

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Landing in Sarajevo

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I was nine years old when the siege of Sarajevo started. I remember hearing all about it on the news, not quite grasping what it was all about. War is a terrifying notion for a kid;  sadly, as we grow up we get accustomed to hearing about it on the news or even discussing about the politics of war with …

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Delphi

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On a short summer roadtrip, my friends and I visited Delphi, the navel of the earth. An incredible monument surrounded by a landscape so majestic it left us breathless. Share