Since arriving in Bosnia, life has been an exciting and surreal whirlwind. Although we had seen pictures in class and heard stories from Ann, it was hard to envision what it would be like. One of my overall impressions is that this country is so beautiful and also has so much culture. It is truly unique.
It is impossible to fathom what people here have gone through. It is hard to wrap my brain around the fact that everyone we have encountered has been deeply affected by the war. Even if they were born afterwards, their parents and relatives have been directly affected, and now the generation who may not have seen atrocities first hand are surrounded by adults who have.
Although an incredible trauma has happened here, it is so striking to me how Bosnians are so welcoming to us, and unbelievably accommodating. I don’t feel judged here. It is very special when it seems that everyone is happy to have you in their country and curious about your life. It is truly a delight.
Viewing the war damage all around, in more rural parts of the country as well as in Sarajevo is difficult. It is a constant reminder of what occurred in the early 1990s. However, life goes on, and people smile and laugh with each other here. Although I have only been here 4 days, I already feel that this is going to be a huge lesson in what resiliency is all about.
I cannot wait to see and experience more of this wonderful place.