An Englishman in the Balkans

An Englishman in the Balkans

"Welcome to "An Englishman in the Balkans" podcast, hosted by David Pejčinović-Bailey. In this podcast, you'll get a unique look at life in Bosnia and Herzegovina through the eyes of an immigrant. Each episode, David shares his experiences living in this often misunderstood country, and introduces you to some of the interesting people he's met along the way. From exploring the rich culture and history, to discussing the challenges and joys of immigrating to a new country, this podcast offers a thoughtful and engaging look at life in the Balkans.


September 17, 2023 22 mins

Welcome, to a replay edition of the podcast, where we're taking a trip down memory lane to 3 years ago, when Tamara and I sat down to discuss a cherished tradition here in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Zimnica (or winter food).

You can Download Tamara's Recipe HERE

Preserving Tradition: Exploring Zimnica in Bosnia and Herzegovina

I’ve experienced this tradition since I got together with Tamara, so I thought I’d give a little backgrounder, so...

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In this episode of we're delving into a topic that holds immense significance in the region: independent media in the Balkans. Joining me to discuss this is seasoned journalist, media analyst, and Balkans expert, Bojan Stojkovski.

Bojan and I embark on a thought-provoking journey through the complex landscape of media independence in the Balkans. We delve deep into the challenges, triumphs, and unique circumstances that shape the me...

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September 7, 2023 19 mins

In this episode I give you a brief update about our return from our holiday in Montenegro.

I post a weekly newsletter update on my substack and thought that maybe you might like to hear it as a podcast.

Let me know what you think of that idea?

Thank you for being a part of our podcasting community, and we look forward to bringing you more exciting content in the future.

You can support my work, by maybe leaving a Tip or by becoming a m...

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This episode takes us from the picturesque landscapes of the Lake District in the United Kingdom to the rugged mountains of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

I catch up with equine photographer Ruth Chamberlain, who last year (2022), embarked on a remarkable journey to document the captivating lives of the wild horses of Livno.

I find out about how Ruth's made this unexpected connection to Bosnia and Herzegovina, fuelled by a chance encounter...

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Welcome to this final episode of our mini series about life in Croatia through the eyes of another Englishman, Mark Whitfield.

This is the third instalment of a three-part series, where I’ll be finding out about . how difficult it is, or maybe not so, a business in Croatia.

Mark gives some valuable insights into daily life living in the north of Croatia near the small town of Štrigova.

You can find out more about Mark's Glamping busin...

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Welcome to "An Englishman in the Balkans," the podcast that aims to encourage people to explore Bosnia and Herzegovina. We talk to fascinating individuals not only from Bosnia and Herzegovina but also those who have come to this country or, like me, live here.

Today, I'm thrilled to introduce you to Nadja Gydat, an extraordinary woman who hails from Switzerland but has now made Visoko, just outside Sarajevo, her home. Nadja is on t...

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In this episode of the podcast, ! we are delving into the vibrant world of folklore in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country where culture and tradition play an essential role in its identity.

Dita Bajrami-Vrbanjac, the current Director of the folklore troupe based in Travnik, and passionate folklore enthusiast, explains the fascinating realm of Bosnian folklore.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, each major ethnic group has its unique way of ...

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Welcome to this edition of "An Englishman in the Balkans," where I am continuing a micro-series about life in Croatia through the eyes of another Englishman, Mark Whitfield.

This is the second instalment of a three-part series, where I’ll be finding out about . how difficult it is, or maybe not so, a business in Croatia.

Mark gives some valuable insights and practical tips, of setting up a business in Croatia as well as anecdotes fro...

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Join me in this captivating episode as we delve into the fascinating world of self-sustainability in Bosnia and Herzegovina with Ivy Šibinčić.

Ivy is at the forefront of the self-sustainability movement in her region, working tirelessly to empower local communities and promote eco-conscious practices.

During this conversation, Ivy shares her personal journey and the challenges she faced while advocating for self-sustainability in Bo...

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In this episode, David goes on a mesmerising journey to the charming town of Travnik in central Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This time he travels solo, leaving behind Tamara, and shares the wonders he encounters along the way.

Travelling by bus through the scenic landscape of Bosnia, David provides essential tips for those eager to explore this beautiful country.

Passing through the spectacular canyon south of Banja Luka and its breathta...

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July 16, 2023 39 mins

Hello and welcome to the podcast, where in this episode we look at the legacy of a group of some 55 Italian families that came to the village of Mahovljani back in the late eighteen hundreds.

Today all that remains of that Italian influence is its church, high on the hill, vineyards that those settlers founded (and by the way are still harvested and turned into wine), and families with both Italian first and second names.

Many years ...

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Welcome to this edition of "An Englishman in the Balkans," where I am starting a micro-series about life in Croatia through the eyes of another Englishman, Mark Whitfield.

This is the first instalment of a three-part series, where I’ll be finding out about . Marks decision to make Croatia his new home, learning about the intricacies of setting up a business in Croatia, with some valuable insights and practical tips, and hearing Mar...

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Welcome to another episode of "An Englishman in the Balkans Podcast," where we traverse the rich cultural landscape of the Western Balkans.

In this edition, recorded outside in our garden here in the village of Čardačani, I sit down with the incredibly talented Jelisaveta Gluvić-Wragg, a classically trained violinist, who has embarked on a remarkable musical odyssey that took her abroad and brought her back home.

In this intimate con...

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Where have I been for the past two months of not posting a podcast episode?

In this episode I bring you up to date an recent events and what you can expect going forward.

As an English language podcaster in Bosnia and Herzegovina, I sometimes feel like an outsider, but it also gives me a unique perspective to share with my audience. Living in a small village like Čardačani allows me to experience the local culture, traditions, and ch...

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In this episode I’m sat in the reception area of the Marriott hotel in downtown Banja Luka. Why? Because at the moment the first ATP 250 Tennis Tournament is under way in Banja Luka.

This tournament is also called the Srpska Open, as Banja Luka is in the entity of Republika Srpska.

I have managed to get to talk to David Sammel the coach of British player Liam Broady.

I find out about tournament life, how a coach motivates and supports...

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In this episode of the Podcast, I talk to Nebojša Ruzicic from The Banja Luka Dajak Club and take a Deep Dive into an aspect of the rich cultural heritage of Banja Luka, the second city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nebojša is an expert on the traditional Dajak boats, a unique watercraft used by the people of Banja Luka for centuries. We'll be discussing the history of the Dajak, I get a unique chance to see where the Dajaks are made ...

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April 3, 2023 23 mins

In This Episode of the podcast I have the pleasure of speaking with Nermin Numić, the co-owner and founder of a travel agency in Sarajevo called Ćejf, which is based on this very concept. “Numa” (thats his nickname) explained that the word Ćejf is derived from the Arabic word kayf, which means pleasure. It's a way of life that is all about finding pleasure in the small things.What's unique about Ćejf is that it's deeply personal an...

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March 21, 2023 41 mins

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In this episode of the podcast I talk to Ramajana Mabita, originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina but presently living in Harare in Zimbabwe.

I find out what, if any, similarities there are between the two countries, Ramajana’s culture shocks, her love of Zimbabwean fashion and also hear one of her favourite music tracks from this African nation, plus much more.

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March 14, 2023 38 mins

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In this episode of the podcast, I sit down with Martine McNee, a former British military Public Affairs officer, to hear about her 8-month deployment in Bosnia and Herzegovina from late 1997 to mid 1998. Martine shares her experiences during this time, giving us insight into the work she did and the challenges she faced. She also discusses how her time in Bosnia has stayed with her and why she plans to return to vis...

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March 8, 2023 34 mins

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In this episode of the podcast I get to know Bella Dominković and to find out so much I never knew about the wines of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

It really is a fascinating insight into the wine culture of this country and how Bella is trying to put Bosnia on the world wine map as a high quality boutique wine area.

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