I was going to caption this ‘Sailing into the weekend’ or some other ‘insta-speak’ but that wouldn’t do any justice to my last 24-hours in Bosnia and Herzegovina... From roman ruins, Ottoman cities and these incredible waterfalls the highlight was actually dinner last night with some locals. Ample food, great conversation and company and one sentence that choked me: ‘I was a refugee there’ whilst talking about another country.
This country has seen Genocide and war in my lifetime, it’s not just pages on a history book, for many people here it’s their memories. I couldn’t help but think what if countries didn’t welcome refugees, would I even be having dinner with these beautiful people, would her daughter be here with a cheeky smile playing her games with such joy and I felt so happy they had now been able to come home. It’s hard to read about some of the horrific things that happen in the world, but when the reality is right in front of you... the fact is this is something we all have to recognise and remind ourselves; what side of history do we want to sit on. ❓
The most special thing about this country is the relative harmony of ethnicities living alongside each other and the welcome they give; it’s not defined by its history, it’s focused on its future. I’ve learnt my privilege over and over in the last four years of full-time travel and I’ve realised I want to do more with it than take pretty photos, so soon I’ll stop travelling so much and invest more of my time into doing more, to being better and hopefully having some kind of impact. 🇧🇦 So whether you visit Bosnia and Herzegovina for the breathtaking #waterfalls, the amazing hiking and rafting, the ancient cities and ruins or to learn the long, fascinating and sometimes horrifying history do yourself a favour and make sure you do visit. This under the radar destination in Europe truly is something else (and one of the few countries I’ve come back to, for good reason). #bosniaandherzegovina#kravice#kravicewaterfalls
The question I keep asking myself lately - how the hell have I been so unlucky with flights over the last year? Some friends of mine think I’m cursed 😅
Every single flight I took was delayed. My most recent one (to Poland) was delayed 2 hours - there wasn’t enough ground engineers to prepare the plane, so the air traffic controllers didn’t clear us for the departure. On the way back, we got stuck on the plane waiting for the airport staff to bring the stairs - afterwards I missed my bus home. Twice…
Another time the airplane got flat tire (2h) which had to be changed or there weren’t enough shuttles to bring passengers from the gate to the plane (3h!)
On the other hand, I have experienced aerosinusitis twice - I wouldn’t wish it to anyone. I also struggle a lot with using a toilet on a long-haul flights - I wasn’t able to wee when very up in the air for hours 🙈
More often that not, there’s usually a crying baby near me on the plane or someone with an ID queuing up to the electronic passport gate. Lol.
Ah, obviously 8/10 times my hand luggage always goes the other way for “routine check” even though there’s nothing wrong with it - and I just waste time waiting.
A while ago I got to the point where I just laugh at myself every time 😅
What is your ridiculous airport story?
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Yes, I’m in love with sunrises and sunsets. 🌅
This photo was taken during the sunrise from one of Barcelona’s most famous panoramic spots.
And would you be able to wake up at 5:00 am just to see a sunrise? 😁
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There’s a rather unusual sculpture on the south bank of the #Thames at the moment, which reminded me of the Alison Lapper one that was on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square for a while. However, it turns out this one, called Crypto Connection, was commissioned by a cryptocurrency company. It was created by Federico Clapis and supposedly asks questions about global finances and the impact cryptocurrencies will have on future generations. It’s interesting to look at, and I love how the curve of the belly is shadowed by One Blackfriars in the background, but seems to be more of a reflection on the impact of technology on children than cryptocurrencies. Probably worth a few bob though...