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Souvenirs from BiH

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I’m back from a week’s assignment in Bosnia, commissioned by Garde Cartiere. It was really hard work, driving every day for about 3-5 hours on the local roads, organizing, photographing, … But as always Bosnia is great. I can’t explain with usual stereotypes, but I love Bosnia. I have great friends there and I always meet more great people. Like I met Igor Motl with who I got in contact in wordpress blogosphere and of course there is a Sarajevo Massive with Timur, Šimek, Emina and other friends from + I visit Paul Lowe in his house.

I met so many incredible people. People who are full of love and devoted in helping their fellow persons like Jovan Divjak, Tetka Zilha and many many others. I’ll publish their portraits after I show it to photoeditor in Italy.

But unfortunately I met also some people, that I would prefer to avoid. Like last day my car was broke into and a studio flash with flashfeeder and radio synchro receiver and two transmitters were stolen. I blame it completely on my laziness that I left it in a trunk. It was my last night in Sarajevo and I felt relaxed and my cautiousness drop, so I made a mistake. Neighbor told me that this street is a very popular by thefts. Anyhow I travel a lot and this is first time that i was robbed.

That day I’ll remember also because when I was driving back to SLO, I picked up a senior lady that was hitchhiking and I soon she started to offer herself to me. I realize she was an old prostitute and although it was funny at the start I show her that I don’t appreciate the conversation and just turn up the music and drop her off where she was going.

While driving I contemplated everything what I’ve experienced and visualized my thoughts as a water flowing down my spine. I felt such a pure and strong water current and although few drops of oil pollutes thousand litters of water, I just focused how it’s being flushed out by a power of Niagara falls. Strange thing happened. In my mind appeared a picture of my friends that got involved in the crime and that they are probably doing the same to others. I imagined my friend from Sarajevo that got addicted by heroin and although I know he’s not in Bosnia I imagined that I give him my stuff and he is relived of pain for a few hours.

I was relived from the painful experience forever.

Today I flew a glider plane for two circles and it felt great!



Written by Borut Peterlin

11 May, 2008 at 23:06

15 Responses

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  1. I’m really sorry for the inconveniences. Sorry about your equipment, about people that spoiled your journey. I know all those things are happening everywhere but it doesn’t help me not to be pissed off. Hopefully, there were much more pleasant experiences so those bad ones will be forgotten in the morning. Also, can’t wait to see all portraits that you made here.

    P.S. I expect JC to comment this fully inspired 🙂

    Igor Motl

    12 May, 2008 at 00:28

  2. A nisi mogel reči Božotu naj se malo nasmeje zadaj? =) Meni letos še ni uspelo nardit KŠKja (matura, šola itd.). Upam da v bližnji prihodnosti potem pa gas z B4



    12 May, 2008 at 06:06

  3. Borut dont worry, now when I come to Slovenia I can borrow you my flashes!


    12 May, 2008 at 19:59

  4. Borut, I am just happy you made it out alive from this very hostile country. You can see the hatred and violence so clearly in your pictures. I praise your courage to be amongst those animals.

    In New York and Paris theft is illegal and it never happens anymore (Last case was 1980 – Tito’s death ). Iztok can probably testify to that. I’m sure his move to the US had to do with theft and hitch-hiking hookers. I just can’t believe that prostitution still exists in eastern Europe. I thought that was all part of the history books. I suppose we learn something everyday.

    Among my other charity work such as the Feed the Starving Children in Japan Foundation (FSCJP) I will also lead The Bad Haircuts of Former Yugoslavia (BHFY). Together we can make a difference!


    12 May, 2008 at 20:06

  5. ha, žan, that’s a brilliant one! I heard that USandA have the most people under arrest. More then China and Russia even.

    It’s a wonderful idea! As N’Toko probably the best raper in Slovenia (by the way he used to live in Straža) said we should lock everybody so we could be safe from ourselves.
    Peace & Pepsi,

    Borut Peterlin

    12 May, 2008 at 23:19

  6. thx matjaž, but tomorrow I’m getting a new one and a second hand flashfeeder. Afterall I wasn’t working for Slovenian medias (read charity) + today I got calls for two corporate jobs. Niagara from within works!!!

    Borut Peterlin

    12 May, 2008 at 23:22

  7. Yes, US has the highest population of criminals behind the bars. Now I would bet you $100 that China and Russia have much higher non-criminal population behind the bars (political opposition that did not commit any crime itself). Either that or they got killed.


    13 May, 2008 at 04:22

  8. IZTOK!!! So you claim that almost all of those people locked in USA are criminals! So many criminals! That’s horrible! I thought this is a sort of communistic, socialistic, islamistic, eurocentristic, formeryugoslavrepublicthatnobodyrememberstheirname, plot and most of those people are locked because they didn’t had a good lawyer to prove their innocence like O.J. Simpson did.

    Well, who am I to judge. I’ll rather go and fix the window that was broke into 😦

    Borut Peterlin

    13 May, 2008 at 08:08

  9. “I’ll rather go and fix the window that was broke into”


    Last time window on my car was broken into (was passenger side back window as well) I called my insurance and filed a claim. The same day someone came to my home and fixed the window.

    As far as those locked up. They were found guilty by jury of their peers. Which doesn’t mean they might not be innocent, but surely beats the crap of being political prisoner on Goli otok. I’ll give you Guantanamo Bay, but even there situation is getting better and at the end judicial system will prevail over executive one.

    If you want to check how Islamistic judicial system works, you can read about ‘My daughter deserved to die for falling in love’.


    13 May, 2008 at 13:41

  10. Yes, let’s compare todays USA with YU in 70’s. Great!


    13 May, 2008 at 14:04

  11. Sure, we can compare today’s USA with today’s Slovenia?

    High taxes, bad health care system, small chances for young families etc…


    13 May, 2008 at 15:08

  12. Can’t we all just get along!


    13 May, 2008 at 23:17

  13. I FEEL slLOVEnia in your blog 🙂 😉


    PS: I love to read comments from B5, Iztok and specialy from Jean Pistoff Čefur 🙂

    Peter Peterlin

    14 May, 2008 at 09:19

  14. Pero, your last comment is unbelievable. Finally there is an author out there that really captures the moment with his words. Thank you for choosing me as one of your top three commentators on this blog…it is an honour, and not only because i’ve seen you naked but because we urinated together before.

    You see Pero, I don’t really have a job or do anything important…it is easy for me to spend time writing away…Borut works…and Iztok is a 6 figure a year man with a family…and he still finds time out of his busy schedule to bullshit.

    So the applauds should go to them…and when I mean them I mean LET US HEAR IT FOR EAZY-EEZE-TOK…MY MAIN CEFUR WITH A GREEN CARD…IZTOK!!!!

    peace and please donate to my other foundation. Bad Haircuts Migrating to the US.


    14 May, 2008 at 12:31

  15. Haha, I just spend a lot of time sitting at the airport lounges waiting for time to move close to the gate to board the plane.

    Just had a nice experience with lady changing my return portion of my ticket pushing it back one day. Amazingly they didn’t even charge me!

    In an hour or so I need to leave to the gate to board little CR9 jet. (86 passenger jet so no first class seats. but seat 1D should do)

    Anyway, my wife is the one that takes care of the family I just provide finances 😉


    14 May, 2008 at 13:00

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