Friday, 24 February 2017

Supporting Matt and Rowan

Thanks for taking time to check out the work we are doing in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It means a lot to us. This post contains a quick overview of where you can connect with us online and how to find out more about Novi Most, the youth work charity we are volunteers with.

We make weekly vlogs which we upload to YouTube.

We post photos and short videos on Instagram.

All of this content is also available through our Facebook page.

You can email us and if you like to support us financially you can download this form.

You can follow Novi Most on Facebook and on Instagram.

Their website is

Eight months of weekly vlogs, and counting!

Our banner image used to proudly declare "blogging from Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2008". These days that would be a false claim. We have been in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2008, all the time working as volunteer youth workers with Novi Most, but the blogs stopped a few years back. After what was an undoubtedly inadvisable absence online we started a weekly vlog back in July last year. Over the last eight months these have highlighted different aspects of our work, as well as giving a glimpse into the travels that accompany it. They are all neatly arranged in this playlist below. We hope you enjoy them. You'll find a new video every Sunday on our YouTube channel.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Happy: we didn't make this!

Don't miss the nuance of the colon: the video is called Happy, and we didn't film or edit it. Rowan, however, did lend her smiling face and improvisational dance skills to the project. Internet people will probably have heard about Happy, the song from Despicable Me 2 by Pharrell Williams. You can watch the original version on the IamOTHER Youtube channel. If that's not enough for you there is 24 hour version, split into hour-long movies on the same channel. It's a genius way to prove a viral concept doesn't have to be short and sweet.

Far from the streets of LA, this dance response comes from the streets of historic Jajce, in Central Bosnia. The project was organised by volunteers at the Omladinski Centar, the local youth centre in town. The video was uploaded yesterday and as I'm writing this has just under two thousand views. That's good going. Judging by the number of people we're seeing share it on Facebook that's just the beginning. Enjoy the video. It shows off some of the prettier parts of town and includes a few decent dance moves. Spare a thought for Rowan who is not the biggest fan of appearing on film. But most of all, as the song says: clap along if you know what happiness means to you. We hope you do!

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Where's winter?!

Today is FIS World Snow Day. Last year we were out on a very patchy piste making the most of some less than ideal conditions at the slope above Jajce. This year there isn't a ski lift working in the whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina! You can't even say it's been a bad winter, it's barely been winter at all. There was a snow fall in November. A few resorts got enough of a base to open up for a week or two. We managed a trip to Vlašić on 21st December, the day before World Snowboard Day. It was squeezed into a really busy period of work but the decision to head for the hills when we did looks better and better the longer winter waits to put in a proper appearance.

Since the New Year the forecast has been promising snow 'next week'. It's well known that tomorrow never comes; next week has been showing even less intention to turn up. Locals tells us tales of a town virtually besieged by snow during their childhood winters. Even allowing for a little exaggeration, things are much different now. The climate has changed, whether you choose to blame climate change or not. The one bit of good news in all this is our solitary snowboard trip has established we haven't forgotten what we learned last year. Winter is once again being promised by the weekend. If it arrives we may yet get the chance to enjoy our newfound slope skills.