An Englishman in the Balkans

David Pejčinović-Bailey

Encouraging people to find out more about Bosnia and Herzegovina. "Welcome to "An Englishman in the Balkans" podcast, hosted by David Pejčinović-Bailey. In this podcast, you'll get a unique look at life in Bosnia and Herzegovina through the eyes of an immigrant. Each episode, David shares his experiences living in this often misunderstood country, and introduces you to some of the interesting people he's met along the way. From exploring the rich culture and history, to discussing the challenges and joys of immigrating to a new country, this podcast offers a thoughtful and engaging look at life in the Balkans. read less
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Episodes

From Folklore to the Future: Keeping Cultural Roots Alive in Bosnia and Herzegovina
08-02-2024
From Folklore to the Future: Keeping Cultural Roots Alive in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Nemanja Knizović, a dedicated member of the traditional dance ensemble from Banja Luka, delves into his vast experience and commitment to preserving local culture. Nemanja discusses the fusion of culture, tradition, and dance in Banja Luka, the importance of folklore in presenting Serbian culture to the world, and the intricacies of musical storytelling. He also highlights the ensemble's ability to adapt to modern times by utilising social media and the need for professionalisation in the field. Ultimately, Nemanja's goal is to leave a legacy of a professional or semi-professional ensemble, contributing to the preservation and promotion of traditional folklore in the region.00:00 Introduction and Setting the Scene00:30 Meeting Nemanja Knizovic: The Keeper of Tradition01:18 Nemanja's Journey into Folklore01:48 The Importance of Tradition and Culture04:38 The Evolution of Folklore and Tradition07:29 The Complexity of Heritage10:59 The Significance of Ensemble Names13:04 The Role of Tradition in Modern Society22:40 The Challenges of Choreography27:22 The Storytelling Aspect of Folklore30:49 The Influence of Foreign Culture on Local Tradition35:03 The Challenges and Future of Folklore38:00 Nemanja's Vision for the FuturePlease also do share this episode and maybe leave a 5 start review on the podcast platform you listened to this on. Stay tuned for more exciting stories and adventures from the Englishman in the Balkans podcast!Thank you for being a part of our podcasting community, and we look forward to bringing you more exciting content in the future.You can support my work, by maybe leaving a Tip or by becoming a member of our podcast family at: https://anenglishmaninthebalkanspodcast.com/supportGet full access to 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 An Englishman in the Balkans Blog 🇧🇦 at https://www.anenglishmaninthebalkans.com/
Coffee Talk Episode 8 - Recovering from an Infection
07-02-2024
Coffee Talk Episode 8 - Recovering from an Infection
A bit over a week ago, I had a touch of unease which required medical attention. Without delving into the specifics, I'll simply say that the really professional medical system here provided me with antibiotics for a minor infection. My recovery therefore entails no alcohol on my birthday (in a few days), and a somewhat slower pace, but nothing's stopping my walks.In other news, we're about to witness the 40th anniversary of the 1984 Olympics held in Sarajevo. I've been reaching out to people who were there to document their experience, looking forward to any interactions and insights they might share. You'll witness it all through my podcast, which will be released not this Sunday, but the one after.I apologise for the recent inactivity on our Substack; I've been preparing for the Olympics anniversary. But rest assured, we're back on track now. The weather here remains a “fickle friend”, bouncing like a “fiddler's elbow”, alternating between pleasant sun and temperate cloud cover.Meanwhile, our ever-growing podcast journey ventures into folklore and traditional dancing this coming Sunday. I encourage you all to subscribe, chime in with comments, and continually support us.TAKE OUR SURVEY HEREDespite this minor health setback, I've kept up with my walks and studio work. My newly-arrived Kindle aids in additional research during my “Book Club Breakfasts” that I have in bed.Balance, as they say, is key.Finally, your input is invaluable to us, feel free to drop any queries or comments.Don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this podcast.Stay tuned for more exciting stories and adventures from the Englishman in the Balkans podcast!Thank you for being a part of our podcasting community, and we look forward to bringing you more exciting content in the future.You can support my work, by maybe leaving a Tip or by becoming a member of our podcast family at: https://anenglishmaninthebalkanspodcast.com/supportGet full access to 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 An Englishman in the Balkans Blog 🇧🇦 at https://www.anenglishmaninthebalkans.com/
Exploring the Captivating Lives of Livno's Wild Horses
01-02-2024
Exploring the Captivating Lives of Livno's Wild Horses
This episode takes us from the picturesque landscapes of the Lake District in the United Kingdom to the rugged mountains of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I catch up with equine photographer Ruth Chamberlain, who last year (2022), embarked on a remarkable journey to document the captivating lives of the wild horses of Livno.I find out about how Ruth's made this unexpected connection to Bosnia and Herzegovina, fuelled by a chance encounter with a breathtaking photograph that led her on an unforgettable adventure. Ruth's passion for promoting rare and unique equine breeds shines through as she shares her experiences in the UK and abroad, shedding light on the intriguing history and relationships between people and horses.Ruth's journey took her through the Bosnian landscape, where she found out about the enchanting Livno horses and their role in the natural ecosystem, discovered the challenges and successes of preserving these magnificent creatures in their wild habitat, and explored the fascinating parallels between the Bosnian horses and other iconic equine herds around the world.Ruth provides insights into the impact of tourism on the Livno region and the delicate balance between sharing this hidden gem with the world and safeguarding its pristine environment. I talk to Ruth about the importance of responsible tourism and how it can contribute to the preservation of these remarkable wild herds.Find out More about Ruth at:https://ruthonthehoof.com/https://www.instagram.com/ruthonthehoof/"Our wonderful guide Silvija (@livnowildhorses) was fantastic, she showed us the whole area - from mountains to the history of the town. She was very generous and had such amazing knowledge! We encountered such lovely and wonderful people at every turn and they made the trip even more special. What an amazing place"Please also do share this episode and maybe leave a 5 start review on the podcast platform you listened to this on. Stay tuned for more exciting stories and adventures from the Englishman in the Balkans podcast!Thank you for being a part of our podcasting community, and we look forward to bringing you more exciting content in the future.You can support my work, by maybe leaving a Tip or by becoming a member of our podcast family at: https://anenglishmaninthebalkanspodcast.com/supportGet full access to 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 An Englishman in the Balkans Blog 🇧🇦 at https://www.anenglishmaninthebalkans.com/
Coffee Talk Episode 7 - Navigating Listener Preferences, Yellowstone Revelations, and Bosnian Delicacies
25-01-2024
Coffee Talk Episode 7 - Navigating Listener Preferences, Yellowstone Revelations, and Bosnian Delicacies
Hello, it's episode 7 of Coffee Talk. I'm David, joined by my lovely wife Tamara. Today, we're taking you on a delightful journey through our podcast's journey, discussing some compelling survey results, and sharing our latest escapades.To better shape our content, we recently ran a survey, which saw some impressive participation. Interesting to note, the leading podcast theme that our audience enjoy revolves around our daily life, followed by interviews and tales of intriguing travel locations. Notably, the majority of our listeners are non-native English speakers, which is fantastic, it's a nod to our diverse listener base. Furthermore, an astounding number of our audience have been with us for at least six months, with some even stretching to two years or more!TAKE OUR SURVEY HEREWe also found a trend favouring shorter podcasts of 15 to 30 minutes. This aligns with our current goal; however, depending on the content, extending the duration could be beneficial. For example, our long-form interviews have produced some key insights that our listeners seem to enjoy. As for the podcast format, both audio and video formats have their fans, but video format takes the lead by a narrow margin.In terms of content, Bosnian history and intriguing travel sites topped the list alongside the desire for more recipes and cultural insights. Cultural differences, detailed descriptions of day-to-day life and maybe even some language lessons were also mentioned.These insights are invaluable to us, and we'll certainly incorporate the feedback into our upcoming podcasts. We'll be keeping the survey open, so if you've missed it, take a few moments to fill it in and share your thoughts. Your input helps us create content that you genuinely enjoy!Breaking away from podcast matters, we've just binged the US series, Yellowstone. We had an epiphany during this viewing -- turns out, we have a soft spot for country music. The soundtrack left us nostalgic for the sweeping landscapes, the triumphs and the heartbreaks that come with country life.Tamara's Spotify Playlist from YellowstoneNow, every good conversation circles back to food at some point. We've recently prepared an authentic Bosnian recipe known as 'Tepsi Kofta', or tray meatballs. Simple and lip-smacking, this comfort meal is essentially spiced meatballs layered in a tray with local veggies.Well, that's a wrap for this episode of Coffee Talk. We appreciate you tuning in. Until next time, stay safe, and don't forget; your feedback helps us create content that’s a perfect accompaniment for your cup of coffee. See you in the next episode!Find out more on our Substack at: https://anenglishmaninthebalkans.comLeave Your Comments or Questions.Please also do share this episode and maybe leave a 5 start review on the podcast platform you listened to this on. Stay tuned for more exciting stories and adventures from us!Thank you for being a part of our podcasting community, and we look forward to bringing you more exciting content in the future.You can support us by maybe buying us a coffee?
Behind the Scenes of the Rebuilding of the Ferhadija Mosque in Banja Luka
19-01-2024
Behind the Scenes of the Rebuilding of the Ferhadija Mosque in Banja Luka
In this episode, we delve into the fascinating story of the Ferhadija Mosque in Banja Luka, highlighting its destruction and subsequent rebuilding process. This story of resilience, determination, and the power of community showcases the efforts of many unsung heroes, including the remarkable Donald Reeves and his NGO, the Soul of Europe. Join us as we explore the history, challenges, and triumphs of rebuilding Ferhadija, symbolising hope and reconciliation in the Western Balkans.00:00 Introduction and Background of the Ferhadija Mosque00:44 Meet Donald Reeves: The Unsung Hero Behind the Mosque's Rebuilding01:27 Donald's Journey: From Maverick Priest to Peace Builder02:14 The Challenges and Triumphs of Rebuilding the Mosque05:06 The Role of International Organizations and Funding05:13 The Impact of the Mosque's Rebuilding on the Local Community05:45 The Struggles and Successes of Fundraising for the Mosque06:07 The Role of Religion and Politics in the Rebuilding Process07:21 The Importance of Local Involvement and Ownership07:47 Reflections on the Rebuilding Process and Its Legacy09:10 The Role of Foreigners in Local Development Projects10:21 The Importance of Local Priorities and Needs11:49 Reflections on the Completed Mosque and Its Impact13:41 The Role of Older Generations in Guiding the Young15:45 Conclusion: A Call to Action for Future GenerationsPlease also do share this episode and maybe leave a 5 start review on the podcast platform you listened to this on. Stay tuned for more exciting stories and adventures from the Englishman in the Balkans podcast!Thank you for being a part of our podcasting community, and we look forward to bringing you more exciting content in the future.You can support my work, by maybe leaving a Tip or by becoming a member of our podcast family at: https://anenglishmaninthebalkanspodcast.com/supportGet full access to 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 An Englishman in the Balkans Blog 🇧🇦 at https://www.anenglishmaninthebalkans.com/
We would LOVE your input
18-01-2024
We would LOVE your input
Hello and welcome to Čardačani in northwest Bosnia. Normally today Tamara and I are in the studio here recording an episode of our Coffee Talk podcast where we keep you up to date with all the things that are happening for us in our life here during the past week. Today, we're going to just take a little pause for this week, because we've been running the podcast, not only Coffee Talk, but also an Englishman in the Balkans podcast for a little over eight months.And in that time, it's been great with you guys downloading the podcast, whether that's on Apple or Spotify or wherever else you listen to. Or even if you listen to it through our Substack, which is an Englishman in the Balkans an Englishman in the Balkans dot Substack dot com. But today I wanted just to tell you that we have now got a survey that is out.So if you're listening to this through Apple or Spotify or wherever, in the show notes below. There's a link to our small survey. It won't take you more than five minutes to complete it So if you are a listener and you like the podcast please answer those questions If you're new to the podcast that would be even greater because we'll get exactly Your feedback what you would like to hear from a podcast that comes from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the wider Western Balkans.So that's in the show notes below on Substack. It's also down below that link. So please click on it. We do ask for your email address. We're not going to abuse it. And yeah, the questions are very simple, but they mean a lot. So that we can produce a podcast for the future, which has more relevance.Because to be honest, up until now. Tam and I have been thinking maybe you'd to listen to this. Maybe they'd like to listen to that. So this is your chance to have your input into the podcast. It's nice and sunny. If you're watching this on the video that we're creating, it's a nice sunny day out there.It's 14 degrees and we are what? On the 18th of January, should be very cold, but it isn't, but crazy weather everywhere. Thank you very much for listening and watching. Once again, please do hit that link that you'll see in the show notes or the description, wherever you listen or see this. And that support from you would be absolutely amazing to us.That's it. We'll be back on Sunday with our normal Englishman in the Balkans podcast next Wednesday. Thursday we'll have another episode seven. I think it will be of the coffee talk podcast until then Please stay safe wherever you are in the world.The Podcast Survey is HERE.Please also do share this episode and maybe leave a 5 start review on the podcast platform you listened to this on. Stay tuned for more exciting stories and adventures from the Englishman in the Balkans podcast!Thank you for being a part of our podcasting community, and we look forward to bringing you more exciting content in the future.You can support my work, by maybe leaving a Tip or by becoming a member of our podcast family at: https://anenglishmaninthebalkanspodcast.com/supportGet full access to 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 An Englishman in the Balkans Blog 🇧🇦 at https://www.anenglishmaninthebalkans.com/
The Wine Culture of Bosnia and Herzegovina
04-01-2024
The Wine Culture of Bosnia and Herzegovina
In this episode I chat with Bela Dominković, a Swiss wine expert now residing in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We talk about the unique wine culture of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the country's potential for wine tourism, the unique characteristics of Bosnian wines, and the challenges faced by local winemakers. Bela, an experienced sommelier and food & wine pairing expert, shares her knowledge about the local wine scene and her ambition for Bosnia and Herzegovina to become recognised as a quality boutique wine area on the global stage.00:00 Introduction and Guest Introduction00:44 Getting to Know Bela Dominković02:33 Bela's Journey into Wine Expertise04:41 Bela's Experience in France05:49 Exploring Bosnian Wines09:05 Comparing Northern and Southern Bosnian Wines11:05 Challenges Facing Bosnian Winemakers15:37 Wine's Role in Bosnian Culture19:50 The State of Wine Tourism in Bosnia24:37 Bela's Recommendations for Bosnian Wines27:23 Bela's Dream for Bosnian Wine28:07 Conclusion and Farewell.Please also do share this episode and maybe leave a 5 start review on the podcast platform you listened to this on. Stay tuned for more exciting stories and adventures from the Englishman in the Balkans podcast!Thank you for being a part of our podcasting community, and we look forward to bringing you more exciting content in the future.You can support my work, by maybe leaving a Tip or by becoming a member of our podcast family at: https://anenglishmaninthebalkanspodcast.com/supportGet full access to 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 An Englishman in the Balkans Blog 🇧🇦 at https://www.anenglishmaninthebalkans.com/
Exploring Travnik: The Heartbeat of Bosnia and Herzegovina
28-12-2023
Exploring Travnik: The Heartbeat of Bosnia and Herzegovina
This episode is about David's adventure to Travnik, a charming town in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. With the assistance of local guide Ben, David unveils the rich history, mouth-watering cuisine, captivating architecture and stunning nature of Travnik. Highlighting the efforts of passionate locals, this episode explores Travnik's potential as a top tourist destination. Discover unique experiences such as sheep shearing, taking a swing on an Instagram-famous spot, cherishing the view from a medieval fortress and grinding coffee in a traditional mill. David reveals the magic of Travnik by sharing interesting details, local tips and anecdotal insight. This episode concludes with David's thoughts on his journey, the people met, and the culinary delights tasted.00:00 Introduction and Journey to Travnik00:59 Travel Tips for Bus Journey in Bosnia01:46 Experiencing the Scenic Bus Route03:53 Arrival in Travnik and Meeting with Ben05:16 Exploring the Natural Wonders of Travnik06:01 Buying Vlasic Cheese and Witnessing Sheep Shearing08:05 Guided Tour of Travnik13:59 Reflections and Departure from Travnik17:07 Conclusion and Looking Forward to Future TravelsPlease also do share this episode and maybe leave a 5 start review on the podcast platform you listened to this on. Stay tuned for more exciting stories and adventures from the Englishman in the Balkans podcast!Thank you for being a part of our podcasting community, and we look forward to bringing you more exciting content in the future.You can support my work, by maybe leaving a Tip or by becoming a member of our podcast family at: https://anenglishmaninthebalkanspodcast.com/supportGet full access to 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 An Englishman in the Balkans Blog 🇧🇦 at https://www.anenglishmaninthebalkans.com/Travnik: The Heartbeat of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Meeting an Englishman who lived in the Jugoslavija of the 80's and 90's.
14-12-2023
Meeting an Englishman who lived in the Jugoslavija of the 80's and 90's.
A nostalgic dive into the history, culture, and experiences of an Englishman living in the Balkans during Yugoslavia's era. Martin Gannon shares his journey from England to Yugoslavia in the 20th century, his experiences of working in the tourism sector, including establishing a pilgrimage route to Međugorje, and his life in Yugoslav Airlines. He also discusses how the country has changed after the breakup of Yugoslavia and the future of tourism in both Bosnia Herzegovina and Croatia. Despite the significant changes and challenges, Martin maintains that the Balkans remains a place close to his heart, with its rich history, stunning landscapes, and most importantly, its welcoming people.The piece of music in this podcast is: “Moja Je Pjesma Lagana” by Parni Valjak.The link to Martins interview with Total Croatia News.00:00 Introduction and Personal Experiences in Bosnia and Herzegovina00:22 Meeting Martin Gannon: A Brit in Yugoslavia01:32 Martin's Arrival and Early Experiences in Yugoslavia02:54 Tourism in Yugoslavia: A British Perspective04:50 Martin's Career Progression and Language Experiences06:16 Residency and Travel Experiences in Yugoslavia10:21 Martin's Involvement with Yugoslav Airlines12:04 Promoting Tourism in Bosnia Herzegovina14:53 Martin's Favorite Places and Food in Yugoslavia21:40 Reflections on Changes in Tourism and Life Post-Yugoslavia30:17 Future Plans and Final ThoughtsPlease also do share this episode and maybe leave a 5 start review on the podcast platform you listened to this on. Stay tuned for more exciting stories and adventures from the Englishman in the Balkans podcast!Thank you for being a part of our podcasting community, and we look forward to bringing you more exciting content in the future.You can support my work, by maybe leaving a Tip or by becoming a member of our podcast family at: https://anenglishmaninthebalkanspodcast.com/supportGet full access to 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 An Englishman in the Balkans Blog 🇧🇦 at https://www.anenglishmaninthebalkans.com/
Coffee Talk Episode 3 - Cross-Cultural Experiences and Preparing for Christmas
13-12-2023
Coffee Talk Episode 3 - Cross-Cultural Experiences and Preparing for Christmas
Coffee Talk Episode 3 - Cross-Cultural Experiences and Preparing for Christmas.In this episode of Coffee Talk, Tamara and I explore the concept of cross-cultural experiences and the influence of different cultures on individual experiences and perceptions. We update on our lives here in Čardačani, in northern Bosnia Herzegovina, and how being so close to the European Union and Croatia impacts the understanding of European identity. We talk about 'Stollen', a traditional German Christmas bread, and how Tamara makes it with her "twist".David shares his initial negative and positive cultural shocks in Germany and Bosnia, while Tamara talks about how deep-rooted traditions and family-oriented life in Bosnia were initially a challenge for David. And finally, we end with a discussion on various local foods, demonstrating how one can find home and comfort, even in a foreign culture.00:00 Introduction and Bloopers00:24 Life in Northern Bosnia Herzegovina01:29 Stollen: A Traditional German Christmas Bread02:18 Making Stollen at Home05:16 Cross-Cultural Experiences: A Turkish-German Story08:35 Cross-Cultural Experiences: A British-Bosnian Story09:05 Netflix Binge-Watching and Movie Reviews10:14 Cross-Cultural Experiences: A British-Pakistani Story19:33 Cross-Cultural Experiences: A British Immigrant in Bosnia.Leave Your Comments or Questions.Please also do share this episode and maybe leave a 5 start review on the podcast platform you listened to this on. Stay tuned for more exciting stories and adventures from us!Thank you for being a part of our podcasting community, and we look forward to bringing you more exciting content in the future.You can support us by maybe buying us a coffee?