Monthly Archives: June 2012

Žeja-Thirst

I’m still working on some posts about Kosovo, which I’m really excited about and will begin putting up tomorrow, but I thought I’d try something different today.  I wrote the following for my Slovene class last semester, when asked to … Continue reading

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O Time

Written in the summer of 2009, this poem has seen the weeks of wandering it describes turn into months and years, all without my dear Courtney.  Otherwise, it is as true now as it was then.  I miss you, my … Continue reading

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Alexander, Alexander!

If you wander the streets of Niš, Serbia, it will not be long before you stumble upon the huge statue of King Alexander Karađorđević, sitting proudly atop his horse and staring boldly into the middle distance.  I came upon the … Continue reading

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A Taste of Macedonia: 48 Hours in Skopje

In actual fact, I had less than 48 hours in Skopje.  I think it was closer to 42, which in and of itself is a great number, but it is far too little time to spend in most any city, … Continue reading

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Slipping Into Slumber

Sometimes getting home is the hardest part of the journey. 24 hours in, with another 14 to go, and I’ve had only brief snatches of bus-sleep. I wrote this at some point in the hours between yesterday and today, and … Continue reading

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Castle on a Cloud

High above the city of Prizren, Kosovo, the call to prayer is heavily distorted by the rocks and hills around me.  The deep tones as it begins are transformed into the voice of an ancient beast, and as they reach … Continue reading

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The Philosopher Stalks at Midnight

Last night, as I sat downstairs at my hostel and prepared to write about the wonders of Macedonia (or what little I was able to see of them, given my short stay), I was joined on the couch by the … Continue reading

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