The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

Mostar

I’m going through notebooks from my first trip to Bosnia-Hercegovina so I can use some of it in a novel I’m trying to finish. There’s something very humbling about re-reading my detailed record of every mistake and worry from that trip. It shows me how much has changed and how much I have stayed the same. Nonetheless, I have learned a lot about myself by going abroad alone. I hope I can turn it into something for my main character, since I’m sending her there as well. I hate to use anything I may need for the story, but I thought I’d send some photos from Mostar that send me back to those warm, curious, self-conscious days.

Thanks for being so patient with the blog as I finish up with editing the novel. Here’s hoping I’ll be able to share with you this “thank you note as thinly-veiled fiction” soon.

Paige

P.S. If you go to Mostar, I can wholeheartedly recommend a stay at Hostel Miran. He’s remained a friend of mine since my first visit 8 years ago. I just passed through again and took his tour, which was a highlight of my last trip. The city is remarkable and well worth a visit.

Mostar

Mostar

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14 comments on “Mostar

  1. Darlene
    September 30, 2015

    Good luck with your book! I used my travel journals and photos as resource material for my children´s books as well.

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      September 30, 2015

      Thank you, Darlene! It’s mostly a matter of sitting still, which suddenly seems impossible. 🙂
      Paige

      • Darlene
        October 1, 2015

        I completely understand. 😀

  2. andy1076
    September 30, 2015

    The second photo, Pecked with all the holes and blown away, certainly says a million words. Good luck with your book! 🙂

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      September 30, 2015

      Andy, you can imagine the shock the first time I saw those buildings in person! It’s a remarkable city, though. I learned a lot on the tour this summer.
      Thanks for the good wishes. Some days I feel I’ll really need the luck! 🙂
      Paige

      • andy1076
        September 30, 2015

        You are a gifted writer, so indeed you won’t be needing it ^.^

        I’m glad to see though that they are rebuilding Bosnia 🙂

  3. joannerambling
    September 30, 2015

    Great photos, I don’t even know where this place is in the world

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      September 30, 2015

      Joanne,
      I had a student from Bosnia and he had a remarkable view of life. I couldn’t wait to get there, even though I didn’t speak the language and didn’t know what to expect. It turned out to be a wonderful adventure!
      Hope you’re well, Joanne!
      Paige

  4. vanessalovespostcards
    September 30, 2015

    What a nice post! I am gonna link it under the one I posted today 😀

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  6. davecenker
    October 4, 2015

    I have read somewhere that travel is the domain of the creative muse. Regardless of whether it is pure fiction, or as you say, thinly veiled fiction, I am sure that your experiences will bring life and vibrancy to your words. Please keep us informed of your progress, Paige, and thanks, as always, for sharing 🙂

  7. Miran
    January 6, 2016

    I am proud and happy that I met a girl like you.Our door is always open for you.

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      January 6, 2016

      Thank you for sharing this blog post on facebook, Miran. Staying with you was remarkable! I will never forget it. 🙂
      Paige

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