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The Balkan surprise

I spent much of last year in the Balkans. Before April 2013, I’d never set foot in the region in my life (bar Greece, which I’ve never really seen as Balkan). And, looking back, I loved it. More than I ever thought I would. Back in 2007, when I first visited Europe, I thought I’d […]

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View from the Office Days 61-70

By mid-June it had well and truly hotted up in the Balkans. I was travelling at a rate of knots; Bosnia, Serbia and Bulgaria in successive days is just one example of how many kilometres I was clocking up. My four nights in Greece every fortnight was sort of like a mini-holiday; sure I was […]

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Visiting Mostar, the non-Hamish and Andy way

Let’s face it. Most Australians know about Mostar, and its famous bridge, courtesy of these two blokes. Me? I’ve lived in Europe for two and a half years now. Back when I was in Australia, Hamish and Andy only had a radio show, and one of my friends was still convinced that they had stolen […]

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View from the Office Days 41-50

I was nervous, returning to Greece. I had fallen in love with the country on my visit in 2007; Italy hadn’t yet warmed to me (don’t worry, it just took a bit more time) and I’d arrived in Athens, travel-weary and with diminishing funds. The next two weeks were just what the travel doctor ordered […]

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A Sarajevo story

I’d heard about Sarajevo long before I visited the city for the first time. I’d heard about its bazaars, its bobsled track and its infamous Latin Bridge. I’d heard about the fact that it had been hard hit by war, but I didn’t know any of the details. Writing this now, as someone who these […]

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View from the Office Days 31-40

I had a goal this year on the road. For every day worked, I would post a picture online, entitled ‘View from the Office’. I did it. I published 173 photos this year, with my office ranging from a San Sebastian pintxos bar to a Sarajevo bazaar. On only a couple of occasions did I […]

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