Laci and I are in Sarajevo. We met a cool student who has helped us understand the place a lot better than ever before… here is a view from above of Tito Blvd.
And this is an eternal flame for the defenders of Sarajevo (of all ethnicities) with the Iranian Culture Center in the background… This is not downtown Salem y’all.
After teaching at the new DelPest church in Southern Budapest this morning, Pastor Laci and I begin a four day journey. We are heading to Sarajevo and Srebrenica in Bosnia and then to Osijek and then Vukovar in Croatia… It could be said that during these four days we will visit three of the most harmed cities of the Yugoslav war.
An old friend of mine works at Corvinus University, it is in Pest, this shot was taken of the Corvinus main building from the Buda side with Gellert Ter at my back.
The skies cleared yesterday mid morning and it was a brisk and beautiful day. A friend and I came up out of the Budapest Metro and saw this view… I told my companion, “I never tire of seeing this view.” We agreed that is is one of the better views of the Hungarian Parliament.
Sitting in the McD in Tbilisi I was struck by the contrast of the McD umbrella right next to some official building with the “Stalin-esque” architectural style.
are something we should be careful of… they are kinda like expectations… too many times we place our wants on people and God and, as such, make ourselves out to be God… lets be careful about comparing cultures, experiences and people… careful not to place one above another… when we are not careful we can slip into being judgemental…
on or about Nov. 9, 1989 the “Cold War” ended and “freedom” started anew for Eastern Europe. Since then, many of the countries that formed much of the “Warsaw Pact” now call them selves Central Europe. This uses a geographical reality to set Hungary and its northern neighbors apart from the former Soviet republics that now form Eastern Europe.
Corruption mars much of the politics of the region. Bad fiscal management and just bad government have strapped some of these economies with awful economies.
“Freedom” exists to a great degree but there is much that needs to be done in the areas of freedom of the press and educating the populace about its governmental systems.
“Capitalism” has failed many people here.
But, as I write this using the WIFI of a McDonald’s surrounded by students of a local university and cross boarders freely much has been gained. It takes a while. Patience is needed.
Mostly gone are the days of fear of expression. Present are some opportunities for the motivated.
The old saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” is appropriate here. Neither was the USA democracy (representative republic) and it still needs work. So, time will tell.