On August 25, 1992, Serb forces started shelling the National Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina, ending with it being burned to the ground. A huge number of rare books, priceless manuscripts and a large collection of Bosnian serial publications were lost. The Sarajevo Fire Department found itself under constant fire when trying to put the flames out and only a small number of books and publications managed to be saved. At least one person died, killed by sniper fire, when trying to save some of the books. Continue reading →
Never have I had a more expensive beer! Seventeen Euro for a beer is just insane. It doesn’t matter if it is a Weihenstephaner, served at Café de Paris just outside the casino in Monaco. The price is ridiculous.
I visited Storsjöbadet outside Östersund in May, 2015
I still remember going to Storsjöbadet, an aqua park outside Östersund, Sweden, when I was younger. I remember the anticipation of going there, this almost limitless place of fun water activities. How I would spend the entire day there, trying all the slides, swimming in all the pools, trying the slides again. When I was younger it was one of my favorite places to visit, the problem was that it was a four-hour car ride away, and in another country. It must be twenty years since the last time I was there.
I read Video Night in Kathmandu by Pico Iyer in May 2015
Asia, the far east. The Orient. A culture so different from the Western world. Different food, different customs, different ways of looking at life. Or is it?
Video Night in Kathmandu looks at how America and the Western world slowly is seeping into Asia. Taking over their culture, fast-food chains outcompeting the local restaurants, American movies being remade in Bollywood.
I have arrived back home after a great weekend in Östersund. A cosy little town in the middle of Sweden, we found some good restaurants and bars, saw most of the sights and met some nice people. We even had time for a swim at Storsjöbadet, the local swimming pool and aqua park. Now it is time to head home, go over my notes and write some longer posts about my trip to Östersund.
I visited Östersund and witnessed its spring bloom in May 2015
Today we went to Storsjöbadet, an aqua park just outside Östersund. Instead of tking the bus there, we decidd to walk along the lake. It was a beautiful day, flowers started to appear on the forest floor. I did not mind we got lost and took a five kilometer long detour.
Here are some pictures from our walk today. As we walkdthrough th forest, the ground was covered in beautiful flowers. It seems that spring finally has come to Östersund.
I visited Östersund by the Storsjö lake in May 2015
We arrived in Östersund today, and after a quick nap in our hotel room we set out to explore the city. We took a walk through the city, walked along the Storsjö lake, then stopped to grab a beer at a local bar. We are going out to eat soon, so I have no time to write, but here are some pictures from pictures from my day so far. Continue reading →
Turned out, plane tickets the first weekend in May are super-expensive. We have looked everywhere, to every European city, but found no cheap flights and hotels. We were faced with the possibility of staying home for the three-day weekend when my friend had the idea, why not go to Östersund?