Ibrahim and Semira both worked for me at Eagle Base. I have a photo of them here with all of their girls. Ibrahim has two and Semira has one. They are great folks and have suffered a lot of hardship in their lives.
Even so they both have retained their sense of humor and compassion. If all people in the former Yugoslavia had been like them there never would have been a war.
Tuzla, city in northeastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, located on a branch of the Spreca River, at the western foot of the Majevica mountain range. Nearby are stone quarries, saltworks, plum orchards, and mineral springs. A road and rail hub, Tuzla is the center of a lignite, oil, and gas region.
Population 121,717 (1991).
Language name BOSNIAN
Population 4,000,000 in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1995).
Dialects BOSNIAN, CROATIAN, SERBIAN.
Fondest memory: Tuzla has long been known as a waterless city. Therefor, a big fountain (cesma) was installed sometimes during Turkish rule on what used to be the main square. Then it was removed, then installed again, then the communists removed it, then it was installed again... It still stands and serves this city with water.
Go into the hills and little streets downtown. You can still catch a glimpse of the old life, especially if you see some old ladies sitting in their yards drinking cofee. The hills are just beautiful. The more you go up the more you could see old houses and finally you will end up in the woods where it is so calm and beautiful.
Fondest memory: What I love the most in Tuzla is the time of Ramadan (Muslim holy month), when all the bakeries make special kind of pita bread with black seeds on top (choorookot, I don't know what they are called in English) and the whole downtown smells. I especially love it when it is almost time to eat after a day of fasting, the night is slowly falling, the smell of the hot bread in the air, people rushing homes to bring bread in time for eftar(breaking the fast) and then the call to prayer from at least five different mosques that you can hear downtown, close to the intersection called Square. Then the children rush into the house yelling: 'It's time, it's time, the lights are on on the minaret, usually competing who is going to see the lights first.'
go to the Korzo, or equivilant of downtown. During the Summer, it is alive late into the night. Street cafe's, music, and vibrant youth pack the traffic free streets.
Fondest memory: I spent many sleepless nights in Tuzla due to jetlag, and one thing that I miss is the sound of the 'hodga' calling faithful Muslims to pray early in the morning when its still dark out. When I did sleep, however, it did not wake me up!
Favorite thing: There are so many homeless dogs in Tuzla.Being a dog lover I couldn't walk away without stopping and talking to some of them.
Favorite thing: Basically another view of what's actually located in the city, I don't really wanna go into right now.
Favorite thing: This is pretty much the main area in the town, it's really cute because everything looks so different no matter where you look.