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Exploring former Yugoslavia

Exploring former Yugoslavia

April – May 2015 Yugoslavia always fascinated me from my childhood. As a kid I remember watching the contestants from this communist block play competitively in the Olympic games and usually come out in the top 5. It was home to many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds (and still is). They shared the same south Slavic language.In the early 90’s I witnessed the breakaway of this big block after Tito’s fall. If you are not familiar with Tito, he is the first post world war communist leader of Yugoslavia. Some saw him as a tyrant but most saw him as…

Slovenia – Beautiful landscape and people

Slovenia – Beautiful landscape and people

Slovenia It is strange to think that Slovenia was part of the former Yugoslavia block of countries. But Slovenes are more industrious and organized than the fellow former Slavs. During Tito’s era, Slovenia enjoyed a remarkable expansion of industrial infrastructure with 60% of all industry concentrated in this small state. Slovenia was the first country to secede from Yogoslavia after Tito’s fall. The breakaway was rather smooth with only a few dozen deaths compared to the mess we saw in Bosnia and Croatia. Within a decade after their independence from Yugoslavia, Slovenia joined the EU club. It was also the…

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