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Jul 12, 2008 - No words can describe

No words can describe the kind of trip we are having because we are being completely immersed in local life rather than having a 'tourist' experience. Everything is absolutely amazing. We are staying in Prejidor, a city of 200,000, Ilija's home town. Yesterday, we travelled into Banja Luka , a city of 400,000, Lidija's home town. We are having the time of our lives. The food is fabulous, so we're eating all the traditional local fare. Of course, we are eating way too much because hospitality revolves around food. We went to Ukrainian...

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Our European Summer

Jul 11, 2008 - A day in Banja Luka - Lidija's home city

We are having an action-packed day today and it's turning out to be an absolute blast. Today, is our day in Lidija's beautiful city of Banja Luka. I think we're going to do it up well! We did a lot: - We met Lidija's sister, Sonja, and brother-in-law, Momo. -We shopped in the main plaza while the men parked themselves for afternoon beers under the umbrellas at the outdoor veranda of the Citadel Restaurant. -We met Lidija's best friend from elementary school. -We did a quick loop around souvenir shops and the market area and then we joined...

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Our European Summer

Mar 8, 2005 - Hit the Road, Jack!

It's coming time for my tour here in Bosnia to come to an end. Currently, I'm scheduled to leave from Zagreb, Croatia on the 18th of March and arrive that same day in Trenton, Ontario. After some administrative matters, I should be on my way, back to Calgary, on either the evening of the 18th or on the 19th! I wanted to come back bragging about all of the great weather that I have had abroad, but I hear that the weather in Calgary has been mild this year. Darn! Now I'll just have to find something else to hang my hat on!

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Feb 26, 2005 - Fancy Dress Night

Tonight was Fancy Dress night in the mess. Now this is a British tradition and officers dress up in goofy costumes. While we have been here, the pilots always put maximum effort into dressing up and having a lot of fun. They always support these parties. So the girls and I had the idea of dressing up as the pilots! So we put together uniforms with the help of some secret sources. I went on line and downloaded copies of all their badges. It was great. Of course we had to make some fun of them as well. They have these patches on their legs...

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My Time in Bosnia

Dec 24, 2004 - Christmas Eve

Well, what a Christmas Eve I had! Of course we worked all day, however, that night the officers had their Christmas dinner (because tomorrow we are serving the soldiers their Christmas lunch). I took this opportunity to take pictures of most of my freinds so you can see who I am spending my time with. We started with drinks in the mess. It was supposed to be dress to impress, however, the pilots decided to go festive instead! We were serenaded by a British military band and then it was time for dinner. I have never been to a crazier dinner....

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Dec 18, 2004 - Blink and You'll Miss It

When I was a child, I remember one of the big things that we would do upon returning home from a movie would be to drive through Chinatown. It was a big thing not because it was Chinatown but because Chinatown was the one place with the largest concentration of neon lighting located in one place in Calgary. There were bright lights, colours, things that flashed, and glittered and glowed. Mum always used to laugh and tell us not to blink as we went through it, for if we blinked, we would miss it. It's funny but that's all what kept running...

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Dec 7, 2004 - Change of Pace

The transition to the EUFOR (known as "Op Althea") has been an interesting one so far and we are hardly into it. All of our badges, flags, signs and so forth have been changed over to the EU roundel. It was really funny how some of the directives came out for it. For example, motor transport indicated that the stickers for all of the vehicles were not, under any circumstances, to be affixed until 0400hrs on the morning of 02 December. My friend, Ron, who is a German liason officer from Mostar, and being very Prussian to boot, actually went...

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Dec 2, 2004 - Transfer of Authority

Today was the start of a new chapter in Bosnia. Upto this point NATO has been overseeing the peacekeeping mission in Bosnia. As of 2 Dec 04, NATO has transferred authority of the mission to the European Union. This was a big event. Two days before the last NATO medals were handed out to all the soldiers. I was in the group. (I will also be one the first group of people to receive the new EU medal!) The transfer is a big step. The Americans and Canadians are removing themselves from theatre and the EU is taking over. There are a lot of...

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My Time in Bosnia

Nov 30, 2004 - Just Another Day at the Office

Medal parades are interesting things. Here in the Balkans, there are medal parades on a semi-frequent basis as people are being constantly posted in and out. One hears about them, one sometimes even attends them as a spectator, but they often seem like another day at the Metal Factory. "Oh, yet another medal parade?", one asks. That is, of course, until your own turn comes around - then it seems kind of important. It's a funny thing, but in Canada, we spend a lot of time organizing medal parades. There's the practicing, the guest lists, the...

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Nov 18, 2004 - Julian Austin Visit

We had a nice visit from Canadian country singer Julian Austin. The Canadian military puts on what are called CanCon shows. They hire Canadian talent, arrange a show, and tour to all the military personnel over seas. So Julian Austin was travelling to Afghanistan with the CanCon show. In order to get to Afghanistan they had to stop in Zagreb, Croatia which is only 3 hours from Banja Luka. So Julian agreed to come and visit us and he put on a live acoustic show for us. It was so nice. Unfortuantely I don't have pictures because I forgot my...

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My Time in Bosnia

Nov 17, 2004 - No Good Deed...

... goes unpunished. Or, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. That's what I was learning with a CIMIC project that I undertook yesterday. I had been approached by the Bosnian Red Cross through an intermediary from UNHCR (United Nations High Commission on Refugees); she was acting on their behalf due to her proficiency in communicating with English. The Red Cross had, apparently, been promised up to 20 sea containers from Velika Kladusa (VK) (the Canadian Base that is located in western Bosnia) as the base was being closed out and...

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Oct 23, 2004 - CIMIC in Canton 10

Hello Everyone! Apologies to everyone on my last post for not explaining some abbreviations: the POLAD is the Political Advisor and the Legad is the Legal Advisor (lawyer)to the Task Force Commander. I try to avoid abbreviations I haven't explained previously, but on that occasion I forgot. I thought I would write an e-mail on what my job is here in Bosnia and what I am involved with. I hold what is known as a CIMIC position. CIMIC stands for "civil-military cooperation" and can, in it's simplest sense, be described as an interface between...

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