About this Blog

My name is Christine and I am a Balkan-freak.

My Serbian professor called me this while I was studying the language in Novi Sad, but I think he meant it in a nice way.  A few years ago I fell in love with the culture and history of East Europe, appropriate given my Polish heritage.  As an art history major in college, I began to seek out museum exhibitions of East European artists until I eventually realized its the history of the region that I like so much.

After graduating college I packed my bags and moved to Serbia, the capital of the former-Yugoslavia, so that I could take language classes and experience the culture first-hand.  Sometimes I couldn’t believe that I was living in a small country that my own bombed only ten years ago, but irregardless of politics, I found Serbs to be the most hospitable and friendly people I have ever met.  Novi Sad only had tourists during the infamous EXIT Festival each summer and so it was easy to immerse myself and to meet locals.  The best moments were the simple ones- spending time with my new friends sipping strong Turkish coffee and learning about the people of a complicated nation.

I left Serbia to pursue my masters degree in Central and East European Studies at Jagiellonian University through their Centre for European Studies.  My classes are in English but I take Polish lessons four days a week.  I study the history, sociology, foreign policy, and culture of East and Central Europe, and I try to focus my research on Southeast Europe whenever possibe.  Right now I am at the beginning stages of my thesis, which will somehow explore the education system in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Although I am enjoying my time in Poland, I hope to move to Bosnia after I finish my courses here in Krakow.  For now, I try to learn as much as I can about East and Central Europe, and document my thoughts on this site.  This is my Journey East.
    • Uncle Ed
    • October 12th, 2009

    chris, I love this. I think it’s a great idea to use this blog as a way of jotting down your thoughts and sharing your experiences with us. I look forward to all your posting. Keep up the good work.

  1. Nice Chris, great review of this country…
    Also interesting stuff that I did not know.
    Keep going!

      • Christine
      • October 29th, 2009

      Gracias, Fernando! 🙂 Glad you like it.

    • Caitlin
    • October 28th, 2009

    I will most definitely be reading this Chris. I think this is a wonderful idea and can’t wait to read about your time in Europe.

      • Christine
      • October 29th, 2009

      Thanks, Caitlin… I hope you keep reading!

  2. Welcome to balkan-blogging world!

      • Christine
      • October 30th, 2009

      Grazie, Beppe! I really appreciate the welcome and have been enjoying myself so far. I wish I could read Italian because your blog looks like a great model for me. Also, thanks for adding my link to your site. All of this is pretty new to me but soon I will be adding links of my own. Thanks again and I hope you keep reading!
      – Christine

    • Gaby
    • December 18th, 2009

    I stumbled upon your blog by surfing on line, only God knows trough what link i actually ended up here, but i am glad i did. Reading the last few entries you have made, i noticed how explicitly honest your texts are, and also the incredible amount of objectivity which is very rare now days when talking about Balkans. It seems that you have done a broad research on the subjects your are talking about which shows your professionalism. Even though you claim this is just for you to keep track on the Balkans, in my humble opinion, this serves all of us that are in seek of useful information.

    I will keep reading your blog, keep up the good work.

    All the best.

      • Christine
      • December 18th, 2009

      Hi, Gaby
      Thanks for the nicest comment I have received since starting the blog. As I said, the blog is mostly for me to sort out what I learn about a complicated region and I am really enjoying it so far. Comments like yours give me a lot of encouragement! Thanks again, and I hope you keep reading.

    • Craig
    • March 16th, 2010

    Hey C,
    You’re blog is awesome and so informative; I really enjoyed reading it and thoroughly enjoy receiving future updates! I am so impressed with how much cool stuff you get to do and all the knowledge you have acquired. I can say I knew you when, after you become famous 😉 Miss you!


    • Daniel
    • October 4th, 2010

    I just got back from former Yugoslavia and must agree that I just love it there. I like Serbia the best, but also went to many other former Yugoslavian countries. In Croatia I did notice a bit of prejudice toward Serbians, and it was an eary feeling crossing into some of the countries. But ultimately, there were no complications whatsoever and enjoyed every place I visited.

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