An Englishman in the Balkans

  1. A Short Visit To Skopje - Macedonia

    So, I was only here for a flying visit, so to speak.

    This time I headed out to the Bazaar, in search of Ćevap.

    I found Drstan which serves traditional Macedonian style ćevap as well as local Skopsko pivo :)

    Result!

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  2. When we moved from Banja Luka to near Laktaši, all those years ago, I somehow knew that rural life would be something special.

    There are so many interesting and fascinating things hidden away amongst the hills, valleys and woodland.

    I remember being taken up an extremely rural single track road near Slatina. We parked near a secluded cemetery and walked through the gates.

    After a few metres I was astonished to see that the church was the most unusual I had ever seen.

    It was low, extremely small and made entirely of wood. The Bell Tower (also of wood), stood separately some metres away.

    I have been back many times, and to be honest I sometimes drag guests and friends from outside BiH, to see it too.

    Although they say they liked seeing the church, I wonder if it's just politeness.

    Whatever.

    On a similar vein, not too far from the Kastel in Banja Luka is the Dolačka Džamija, which has a wooden minarets.

    I find these mosques (as the churchs), so so interesting.

    From some very basic research it seems that across Bosnia and Herzegovina there are some 700 mosques with wooden minarets and 30 churches (Brvnara).

    29 are Orthodox and a single Catholic Church.

    I have an idea to photo document all the wooden churches and mosques. Now that's a project!

    During a recent visit to a local Ethno Village in Ljubačke Doline, we saw them adding a new building. A Log Cabin Church.

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  3. It's the last weekend in October, and Autumn is well entrenched here in the village.

    Some 6-8 weeks ago our plums and apples were placed in large vats to start the fermentation process ready for distilling, or "baking" as the locals call it.

    It's an annual event here, which sees neighbours coming together to help each other with the 3-5 days of dawn to dusk tasks needed.

    It never ever ceases to amaze me how much care and skill is required.

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  4. Berba grožđa.

    The grape harvest (for us at least), is all but over.

    2 days of picking our dark skinned, ripe, tasty grapes.

    They have been collected, washed, and crushed through a wooden rolling device.

    The fruit pulp and juice is starting, as I write this, to ferment, in the hugest of barrels.

    In some 6 weeks time, we might have some 90 or so litres of wine to celebrate with.

    This vlog is a bit of an explainer.

    If you have any questions about this video or anything about life in the Western Balkans, then please drop us a comment.

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  5. Last week, Tamara and I went to watch how the many kilogrammes of apples from our garden orchard, are turned into a pure, healthy, apple juice.

    So we took the apples to her uncles place not far from Banja Luka.

    It's a simple and traditional process, but does take time, and care.

    Here's what we witnessed, from grinding the apples, to squeezing the juice, to bottling and pasteurisation.

    To be totally honest, there is nothing quite like "real" fruit juice.

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An Englishman in the Balkans

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The aim of this channel is to show both Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), and the Western Balkans, in as positive light as possible.

I document both my personal experiences as well as my travels around the region.

I hope this channel inspires you to…


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The aim of this channel is to show both Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), and the Western Balkans, in as positive light as possible.

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My blog is at: anenglishmaninthebalkans.com

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