When I was travelling in the Balkans, there was one place that stole my heart more than any other, and it was Mostar in Bosnia and Hercegovina – a divided, multicultural, beautiful city full of potential and obstacles. As challenging as life there surely is, shadowed by ethnic hatred between Catholic Croats and Muslim Bosniaks, the symbol of the city is the Old Bridge. Destroyed during the Balkan Wars in the 1990s, it now stretches once again beautifully cross Neretva river and connects the two sides of the river and, eventually, the Croat and the Bosniak side of the city. “Mostar” means bridgekeeper, the name honors those who have guarded the bridge and protected city life in Mostar since medieval times. I chose “bridgekeeper” as my name when I write about travelling, because it combines the bridge as a universal symbol of connection, and keeping – keeping alive memories, experiences and encounters with this wonderful and strange world we live in.
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