This July my little family embarked on an international, one month journey overseas. With two kids, 6 suitcases, 4 passports and a full bottle of NyQuil, just in case, the journey begun. Flights were little rough, but pleasantly went way better than I anticipated. I didn't have high expectations with a mischievous 2 year old, and an easily bored 7 year old, but we all did fantastic. After almost 10 years of being married, It was time for my husband and I, both born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina, to travel across Atlantic and finally meet each other's extended family back home.
We rented a car and set off to new adventures, or so we thought. If you need to know one thing about the Balkan culture, is that we as people don't take no as an answer. We went there with expectations of making acquaintances in short, but polite visits, and then to get swiftly on the way. Yeah, it didn't go that way at all. We were in a Bosnian version of "My Big Fat Bosnian Wedding" without the wedding. We ate and ate, and then when we were so full we could burst, we ate some more. May I say, it wasn't always voluntary. We lived out of our suitcases for a while, changed houses and beds quite often, survived 120 degree heat and crazy European driving. If this trip didn't make us tougher and more resilient, than I don't think anything would. No kidding!
Even in all this of this craziness, we had so much fun. We saw so much of our beautiful homeland. What is most gratifying is that our girls lived through some moments as my husband and I did in our childhood. My heart was filled with joy. My girls were truly champs through it all, and in spite of few setbacks, we cannot wait to do it again. Our family has always loved adventure, exploring new places, meeting new people, and experiencing different cultures. I hope that we can continue to grow, and embrace new and exciting things along the way. With that in mind, please enjoy some of our favorite photos of places we visited in this gem of a country called Bosnia.