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    Adventures, World Peace - Part 1

    Pakistan (Prologue)

    September 12, 2017,

    September 6 Today is the day: Ruth and I take off for Pakistan via San Francisco! Finally. How is it that four women in the  check-in line at Emirates have helmet bags? Could it be that we are all part of the same and only Chickistan team? So it is

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    Adventures, World Peace - Part 1

    Bosnia, Part 10: Indefatigable Jasmin

    October 8, 2016,

    La version française est en cours de traduction. Merci de votre patience.    I follow my GPS to our Mostar hostel into a narrow dead-end street. The farther I go the worse the houses look. By the time I find No 3, I am worried: there are piles of garbage in front of the gate. I peek through the

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    Adventures, World Peace - Part 1

    Bosnia, Part 9: Tito’s Partisan Cemetery of Mostar (3 of 3)

    September 30, 2016,

    La version française est en cours de traduction. Merci de votre patience.  Finally we get to the entrance of the Tito Partisan Cemetery of Mostar. It is completely overrun by vegetation, littered with broken glass and covered with pro-fascist and Nazi graffiti. I stop for what I plan to be my first sketch. Mike goes on to take photographs. Eventually he

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    Adventures, World Peace - Part 1

    Bosnia, Part 8: Tito’s Partisan Cemetery of Mostar (2 of 3)

    September 28, 2016,

    La version française est en cours de traduction. Merci de votre patience.  After doing as much research as we can online, we finally get an address and a little information about Tito’s Partisan Cemetery. It was opened in 1964 by Tito himself. It suffered considerable damage during the 1992-95 war and fell into a state of disrepair afterwards. It was cleaned up and restored in 2005 and

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    Adventures, World Peace - Part 1

    Bosnia, Part 7: Tito’s Partisan Cemetery of Mostar (1 of 3)

    September 26, 2016,

    La version française est en cours de traduction. Merci de votre patience.  Among dozens of quick stops during his tour (the kind where nobody gets off the bus) Bata pulls on the sidewalk and points to an unattractive area on the other side of the street. Honestly it doesn’t look like much at all and besides I am still trying to take in the story of

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    Adventures, World Peace - Part 1

    Bosnia, Part 6: Bata (3 of 3)

    September 16, 2016,

    La version française est en cours de traduction. Merci de votre patience.  After the waterfalls, the pace eases a little. He remains a torrent of information and personal stories but he includes sites and topics that are not directly related to the war. This drive takes us to Pocitelj, a beautiful 15th Century village built in a steep rocky natural

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    Adventures, World Peace - Part 1

    Bosnia, Part 5: Bata (2 of 3)

    September 14, 2016,

    La version française est en cours de traduction. Merci de votre patience.  Our introduction into the harsh reality of Mostar is immediate. I might even call it abrupt! The highway we used so innocently the day before, turns out to mark a division between two territories. East for Bosniaks, West for Croats. Bata took the time to make sure we understood that both are Bosnians. The Croat side is rich; fewer ruins;

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    Adventures, World Peace - Part 1

    Bosnia, Part 4: Bata (1 of 3)

    September 9, 2016,

    La version française est en cours de traduction. Merci de votre patience.  As I am sitting there, enjoying my conversation with a dozen of Majda’s Youth Hostel guests, I am reminded of my trip around the world when I too was 20. Suddenly I hear a loud gregarious voice outside “BACKPACKERS LET’S GO C’M’ON TAKE YOUR STUFF LET’S GO HA HA HA.” I waited three months, flew from