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22 | a t l β€’ michigan β€’ πŸ‡·πŸ‡Έ belgrade 🌍 perpetual wanderer πŸ’• logophile β€’ polyglot β€’ bibliophage πŸ“š master of public health student

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one of the *biggest* reasons I'm in love with europe? the streets and alleyways πŸ’• some of them are so tiny a person can barely fit, some really artsy and colorful, some decked out in beautiful antique balconies, some with roofs so varied in height, some sleek like this one, some wide and weathered, some covered in bullet holes... * the vast majority of them have their names plastered on little signs on the first building which line the beginning of the street. just looking for the signs and reading the names of every street, including ones that barely are streets, is one of my favorite parts. I repeat the names in my head and wonder if the sounds rolling off my tongue are the right ones (and even when I do know the language, it's good pronunciation practice). streets signify important people and places, ancient and recent sites of war and peace, and everything in between. streets are often the heart and soul of big cities, so when I stand on them, I can sometimes feel the place physically breathing 😍 * * * #bratislavacity #bratislava #slovakia #slovensko #slovakiaπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡° #ulica #staremesto #thisisslovakia #instaslovak #visitbratislava #visitslovakia #centraleurope #cestovani #milujemslovensko #travel #travelphotography #europetravel #europe_ig #beautifuldestinations #beautifulslovakia #travelwithme #doyoutravel #architecture #alleyways #solotravel #rainydays #womenwhotravel #gltlove #passionpassport

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πŸ’™πŸ’™blue church ~ modrΓ½ kostolΓ­kπŸ’™πŸ’™ * built in art nouveau style, it is super unconventional for a church - and who doesn't love pastels? πŸ’ * * * #bluechurch #staremesto #bratislavacity #bratislava #slovensko #slovakiaπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡° #thisisslovakia #vscoslovakia #visitslovakia #cestovanie #church #europetravel #europe_ig #artnouveau #architecture #travelphotography #europe #visitbratislava #gltlove #centraleurope #photography #beautifuldestinations #sheisnotlost #solotraveler #exploremore #wanderlust #doyoutravel #travelgram

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strč prst skrz krk * that is a czech/slovak tongue twister someone taught me. it translates to "stick your finger through your throat." it's also one of the only phrases I picked up. you're welcome πŸ˜… * * * #bratislava #slovakiaπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡° #slovensko #visitslovakia #thisisslovakia #staremesto #cestovanie #bratislavacastle #bratislavskyhrad #hrad #architecture #castles_oftheworld #slovenskoπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡° #europe_ig #centraleurope #putovanje #travel #beautifuldestinations #doyoutravel #solotravel #sofetravel #girlswhotravel #girlslovetravel #womenwhotravel #darlingescapes #adventuremore #travelphotography #europetravel #instaslovak

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trg bana josipa jelačiΔ‡a - the main square of zagreb ❀ * the man on the horse, ban josip jelačiΔ‡, is a national hero in croatia due to his actions to preserve croatia's language, culture, and identity while a "ban" (governor/count) under the austria-hungary empire in the 19th century. though the statue was taken down in 1947 and through communist times, it was reinstated in 1990, when the fall of yugoslavia began. * * * #zagreb #trgbanajelacica #hrvatskaπŸ‡­πŸ‡· #croatiaπŸ‡­πŸ‡· #starigrad #evropa #putovanje #exyu #balkan #balkantour #europe #visitcroatia #europetour #europe_ig #explorecroatia #kroatien #travelgram #travel #gltlove #girlswhotravel #womenwhotravel #solotravel #backpackinglife #passionpassport #doyoutravel #wanderlust #travelphotography #travelwithme #globetrotters

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🍊orange vibes🍊 * zagreb actually used to be two towns -- kaptol and gradec -- in the 13th century. they were separated by a little river, the bridge over which was called krvavi most ("bloody bridge") due to all the wars/conflicts happening there between the two towns. fun fact: the river doesn't really exist anymore because the modern city was built over it, but there's a street where the bridge used to be, still named krvavi most to this day! I found this cute building nearby 😊 * * * #zagreb #hrvatska #hrvatskaπŸ‡­πŸ‡· #ulica #street #putovanje #starigrad #balkan #croatiaπŸ‡­πŸ‡· #visitcroatia #visitzagreb #europe_ig #balkan_hdr #doyoutravel #architecture #photography #buildingporn #europe_pics #europe_gallery #aesthetic #wanderlust #croatia #balkan #beautifulplaces #passionpassport #girlslovetravel #travelphotography #europe #travelgram

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today was my last day in the balkans. over 3 months now πŸ’• * why no pictures of belgrade to mark the end of my time living there, you ask? belgrade is a special place, and it holds a piece of my heart. when I left, I didn't cry. I knew it would be far from my last trip there -- only a "see you later." but some memories are better kept in my head than on social media. no one picture can do justice to my experiences this summer in my new second home. so for now, I'm not ready yet. * I guess a picture of serbia's pretty neighbor, crna gora, will have to do. this hike goes up 1.2km and damn...kotor bay or kotor bae?! πŸ˜β›° * * * #kotor #crnagora #montenegroπŸ‡²πŸ‡ͺ #montenegro #kotorbay #nature #hike #womenwhohike #womenwhotravel #travelwithme #doyoutravel #passionpassport #wanderlust #worldtravel #natgeotravel #girlslovetravel #womenwhotravel #darlingescapes #travelphotography #photography #balkantour #balkan #europe #europe_ig #views #gltlove #femmetravel #sofetravel #solotravel

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☁️🚠in the clouds🚠☁️ * sarajevo is undoubtedly full of sad history. everywhere you go, there are reminders of the horrors that occurred in this city and country. the sarajevo roses (splatters painted red to resemble blood) identify spots where people perished -- whether they were bosniaks, croats, or serbs. the olympic structures still stand (read: last post). locals get emotional talking about it -- and rightly so. I can't even begin to imagine what living through the 90s must have been like for them. * but there's so much hope too. the beauty of views like this, the sheer kindness and hospitality of every single person (I thought belgrade was the friendliest city I had ever visited. I was proven wrong), and the gorgeous nature throughout the entire country proved this beyond a doubt for me. hvala sarajevo πŸ’• * * * #sarajevo #ΕΎičara #putovanje #cablecar #bosniaπŸ‡§πŸ‡¦ #sarajevobosnia #womenwhotravel #worldtravel #wanderlust #europe #europe_ig #balkantour #roamtheplanet #bosna #travel #travelphotography #girlslovetravel #gltlove #beautiful #balkan #travelbalkans #visitsarajevo #doyoutravel #exploremore #travelmore #sofetravel #solotravel #backpackingeurope #globalcitizen

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β€’β—‹β€’olympic bobsled trackβ€’β—‹β€’ * a relic of yugoslavia hosting the olympics in sarajevo in 1984. it was a happy time for yugoslavia, since they won their first medal as a socialist republic team, and they were proud to share sarajevo with the world πŸ—Ί * now flash forward less than 10 years, after the breakup of yugoslavia began. turmoil erupted. this track was used as an artillery point (amongst many others, including other abandoned olympic sites, in the hills surrounding sarajevo) from which the city was shelled during the siege by the bosnian serb forces for 2.5 years. the bobsled track stands as a haunting reminder of the thousands of people whose lives were lost to snipers shooting from those very same hills, less than 30 years ago. in fact, to this day, those hills are still riddled with unexploded land mines and bullet holes. pretty sobering, right? * * * #sarajevo #sarajevobosnia #history #bosnia #bosniaπŸ‡§πŸ‡¦ #visitbosnia #visitsarajevo #balkantour #balkan #balkans #exyu #europe #historynerd #travel #graffiti #art #bosna #abandonedplaces #doyoutravel #girlslovetravel #womenwhotravel #globetrotters #sofetravel #passionpassport #natgeotravel #photography #travelphotography #travelblogger #exploremore

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gazi husrev-bey mosque πŸ•Œ * this beautiful mosque, though partially destroyed during the siege of sarajevo (1992-1995), still houses the only preserved hamam (public bath) in the city. * * * #mosque #gazihusrevbeg #sarajevo #architecture #hamam #bosniaπŸ‡§πŸ‡¦ #bosna #bosnia #balkantour #balkan #europe #europetour #beautifuldestinations #girlslovetravel #travel #exploremore #gltlove #travelphotography #passionpassport #womenwhotravel #gltlove #photography #sofetravel #solotravel #doyoutravel #globalcitizen #travelblogger #beautifulplaces

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kozija Δ‡uprija (goat's bridge) 🐐 only a few km walk out of sarajevo 😊 crazy that a 30 min walk from the city center, albeit a small city center, brings you atop an old bridge from ottoman times (c. 16th century) amidst hills and mountains β›° * * * #goatsbridge #cuprija #kozijacuprija #sarajevo #bosniaπŸ‡§πŸ‡¦ #bosna #sarajevobosnia #balkan #europe #putovanje #travel #nature #girlswhotravel #womenwhohike #naturelovers #gltlove #girlslovetravel #womenwhotravel #europe_ig #glt #doyoutravel #exploremore #travelwithme #travelmore #sofetravel #solotravel #backpackingeurope #backpacking #travelblogger

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oh sarajevo 😍 I was afraid that if I start posting pics from this incredible city, I'll never stop. * the super nice waiter here gave us 2 free glasses of wine AND a blanket πŸ’• and with this view of the street and catholic cathedral (fyi this city hosts many more religions! stay tuned) looming ahead in the heart of the city? * * * #sarajevo #bosniaπŸ‡§πŸ‡¦ #bosnia #balkan #travel #womenwhotravel #sheisnotlost #exploremore #travelgram #girlslovetravel #girlswhotravel #gltlove #oldtown #doyoutravel #bosna #vscobalkan #solotravel #sofetravel #backpacking #travelmore #wine #photography #happy #glt

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pro tip: instead of paying 30€ per person to take a tour from mostar to kravica falls, hire a taxi with 3-4 hostel frands for 50€ return including 2 hours waiting (or negotiate it into 3+ hours like we did with our limited bosnian) OR rent a car for 15-25€ (but book ahead in peak season, which we learned the hard way, AND make sure someone can drive in bosnia - 3/4 of us were american and couldn't drive manual πŸ˜‚). SO much cheaper and you can take all the time you want to enjoy this beautiful place ☺ * unfortunately for us, it rained 1.5 hours in. but we still got a nice swim in, complete with cute lil water snakes swimming next to us 🐍 * * * #kravica #kravice #kravicewaterfalls #bosnia #bosna #travel #photography #waterfall #bosniaπŸ‡§πŸ‡¦ #vodopad #exploremore #passionpassport #wanderlust #balkan #europe #balkantour #nature #girlslovetravel #gltlove #womenwhotravel #sofetravel #solotravel #backpacking #travelmore #travelwithme #doyoutravel #sheisnotlost

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