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  • hardie karges 12:55 pm on October 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Balkans, Bosnia, , Herzegovina, Serbia, Tito, Yugoslavia   

    Serbia: War is Over (if you want it)… 

    Hey, it’s not easy being Serb, or any southern Slav, showing up on the southern gates of Europe post-Rome and looking for a place at the table, a table already pre-set by Dacians, Thracians, Illyrians and Celts to boot, remove your shoes at the door, please… (More …)

    • davekingsbury 10:34 pm on October 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Nice stream-of-consciousness piece, Hardie …

      • hardie karges 12:59 am on October 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thx, Dave! Hmm, maybe this should be the s-o-c blog, wouldn’t be hard if it’s a country I’ve already visited, just random access assorted memories travels travails and frustrations, toss them in a hot skillet, stir quickly at high temps, season to taste… hmmm, not bad flavor… good idea, Dave!

  • hardie karges 7:07 pm on July 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Bosnia, , Sarajevo, ,   

    The Fat Lady Sings: Goodbye Asia, Hello Istanbul–and Sarajevo… 

    The Great Mosque of Istanbul across the water...

    The Great Mosque of Istanbul across the water…

    June 2014

    Going round trip from LA to Bangkok, via the Atlantic and Europe, using frequent-flyer miles, I pretty much got a free stopover in Istanbul, so sounded good, thought I might take a quick trip down to the border with Iraq and cross over into the Kurdish quarter; word is you could go in without ever really checking out of Turkey, just come back to the same border crossing and officially you were never really gone. Just stay in north Iraq where the Kurds are friendly reasonable people.

    There’s only one problem: a new militant group called ISIL or ISIS or something like that that’s making sudden inroads into the region and causing problems where control is scarce or non-existent. It seems that they spun out of the Syrian war and have spilled across the border. Only time will tell if they’re ultimately successful. But I don’t want to hang around Istanbul for a week, and there’s nowhere else in Turkey I really want to go for that length of time. (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 7:25 pm on July 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      wow – this was most interesting – and I enjoyed your account of each stop – and now I know that you live in Phoenix, and you are another year older – that’s good!

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