I am an Englishman in the Balkans and Welcome to my Blog.

David andTamara

My name is David Bailey and I live with my partner Tamara in a village not too far from the town of Laktaši in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

We share our life with our 2 dogs and 4 cats.

I have had (and continue to have) anything but a boring life.

I have dabbled in Pirate Radio, been a Soldier, Climbed Volcanoes in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Travelled a bit. Europe, Ethiopia, The Falkland Islands, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Canada, The States), and worked in Afghanistan.

I have also been paralysed from the neck down for over 7 months (that was quite a few years ago though).

I speak German and Atrocious “Srpsglish”

I arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), in September 1998 as part of the British contribution to the NATO Stabilisation Force (SFOR). The Civil War in BiH had ended in 1995 but NATO assisted in providing a Safe and Secure Environment until 2006. The country has been “safe” in real terms since 2000.

My job was to set up a youth orientated radio station.

Tamara and I met in 2002 (she had recently returned from being a refugee in Canada) and the rest is, as we say, history.

Not only have I fallen for a Balkans girl but also her country of birth.

It’s an amazing place, rich in history and culture. Where Christianity and Islam collided against each other for over 550 years. Where 3 religions coexisted for much of the 20th century, even with some 50 years of that time as part of the Federal Socialist Republic of Jugoslavija.

This blog is about my daily life, interests, experiences, thoughts, views (not only of BiH but also of the countries that have grown out of the former Jugoslavija) and I hope (together with Tamara) to show you that this country has much to offer.

Politically and socially, Bosnia and Herzegovina is still very much a country in transition. It has its problems (like most countries). I don’t intend to offer any heavy opinions, criticisms or commentary on these topics.

This isn’t a current affairs blog after all.

IT’S ALSO NOT A TRAVEL BLOG

I want this blog (and embedded vlogs and podcasts) to show BiH in as positive light as possible and that it inspires you to come here and experience the area for yourself.

Because you visiting and interacting with the locals here WILL make a positive change for the future.

“About an Englishman in the Balkans”.