Year: 2017

Balkan Insight | Gluten-Free Bakery a Hit with Belgraders

This story was originally published in Belgrade Insight print edition on November 3, 2017. by Gillian Dohrn SIT Fall 2017 Colorado College The distinctive smell of fresh bread wafts through the open doors of a small storefront just off Jurija Gagarina Street in New Belgrade. The aroma could fool even a diehard traditionalist despite the …

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Fighting “Like a Girl”

by Christina Noto SIT Fall 2017 Gettysburg College Belgrade – “I am a little fighter girl. And I think that this is something that we need in the world… girls who fight,” Zoe Gudovic says. Her burgundy t-shirt mirrors the rosy glow of her cheeks as her signature smile spreads across her face. As a …

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Balkan Insight | Bosnia’s Roma Try to Break Out of Isolation

This story was first published in Balkan Insight on June 14, 2017. by Hoi Mun Yee SIT Spring 2017 Drake University Melina Halilovic is the first Roma woman to be elected to the municipal council in the central Bosnian town of Visoko. Working in a plain white building, her achievements are anything but plain. She broke through …

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Balkan Insight | Students Challenge Ethnically-Divided Education in Bosnia

This story was first published in Balkan Insight on June 12, 2017. by Katherine Heroux SIT Spring 2017 Villanova University Jajce, Bosnia-Herzegovina – Faruk Bubric, an 18-year old in his last year of secondary school, spends most of his time playing video games or hanging out with his friends. His time in the education system in the …

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Making Belgrade a Home

by Hoi Mun Yee SIT Spring 2017 Drake University BELGRADE, Australian Philomena O’Brien had just celebrated her 39th birthday in Budapest and was on her way to Iran when her train unexpectedly left earlier than scheduled. Stranded, with some scepticism she took the advice of a booking clerk to take the next train to Belgrade …

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Balkan Insight | Kosovo’s Female MPs Unite to Challenge Injustice

This story was first published in Balkan Insight. by Meredith Howe SIT Fall 2016 University of New Hampshire Durham When Shqipe Pantina, 42, a former civil society activist, decided to run for the Kosovo parliament as a member of the Vetevendosje (Self-Determination) opposition party, her family thought it was a joke. She joined because, as an …

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The Liquor of Fruit and Fire

by Finnian James SIT Spring 2017 Lake Forest College BELGRADE, Serbs will tell you, rakija (rakiya) puts all other liquor to shame. Many love this fierce potion as much as they fear it – and with good reason as it can easily reach 65 percent alcohol content. Rakia tastes sweet and burns your throat with …

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