Program 281: Open Phones: Making Friends; Sarajevo — 20 Years After the Siege
Release Date: 03-31-2012
A Bosnian journalist tells Rick what it was like to live through the Siege of Sarajevo twenty years ago, and what it's like to visit the city today. Rick also shares tips with listeners for overcoming shyness and making friends while traveling, including meeting long lost relatives in the Old Country.
- Amir Telibecirovic, Sarajevo-based tour guide and senior editor of online newspaper Bosnia Daily
- Cameron Hewitt, senior guidebook writer and researcher for Rick Steves' Europe
- Information about the sites at Whitehall, the center of government in London.
- Rick recommends watching the 1972 film "The New Land" to better understand the Swedish emigration wave of the 19th century.
- Amir Telibecirovic writes about the importance of a sacred 14th century Haggadah, used at Passover by Jews in Sarajevo, and how citizens of different faiths worked to protect it from being damaged in the 1992 war: http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2009/04/holy_book_reunites_all_faiths_in_bosnia.html
- Amir has also written about the role rock music has played in unifying Bosnians of different backgrounds: http://www.commongroundnews.org/article.php?id=30599&lan=en&sp=0&isNew=1&partner=rss&emc=rss